Chin augmentation cosmetic surgery is aimed at enhancing the size and shape of the chin through implant placement or fat grafting. Chin implants are extensively used in chin augmentation as implants offer more dramatic outcomes.
But if a patient only requires slight enhancement in the chin, the surgeon may recommend the autologous fat transfer technique. In comparison to other facial procedures such as facelift surgery, chin augmentation is typically less complex.
The patient should ideally choose an expert surgeon with vast experience in performing chin procedures. Sometimes the patient may undergo chin enhancement surgery along with a nose job, cheek implants or facelift. The recovery period will be more extended in such cases.
The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons, provides chin augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations in the majestic Lone Star State.
Relatively Easier Recovery
The recovery process in chin augmentation procedures can vary according to the extent of the procedure, the shape and size of the implant, incision size, and whether the enhancement was carried out along with other procedures or by itself.
But in a majority of cases, chin augmentation plastic surgery recovery is less invasive and less painful in comparison to major procedures such as a full traditional facelift. The surgeon may prescribe pain meds for the initial few days after the surgery to ensure that the patient enjoys a comfortable recovery phase.
Immediate Recovery Stage
The surgeon may perform the chin augmentation under general or local anesthesia. It will take a few hours after the procedure for the patient to recover from the impact of general anesthesia and be allowed to return home. After the chin enhancement surgery, the patient may experience numbness in the lower lip and mouth which is similar to the sensation felt after visiting a dentist.
As the sensation returns to these sites, the patient will experience soreness and tightness in the lower jaw due to the natural inflammation of the body.
The surgeon may prescribe pain meds at this juncture to ensure that the patient remains comfortable. Within a day of the chin augmentation, the patient can resume light activities. The immediate post-surgical stage in chin enhancement is easier in comparison to other procedures such as a facelift.
Recovery in the Initial Two Weeks
A majority of patients will heal enough within the initial week to be able to return to their routine or resume work. An important factor in the recovery process during this phase is the chin augmentation technique used. If the surgeon places the chin implant through an incision beneath the chin, then sutures can be taken out in around five to ten days.
In case the implant placement is done through the mouth, the patient will need to be on a liquid or soft food diet for some days until the mucosal skin heals. If the chin enhancement surgery is performed along with another procedure, the recovery period will be more extensive.
Long Term Recovery
The nerves will slowly resume their normal function although the patient may feel a mild sensation in the chin region for several days. Most of the inflammation will resolve in approximately six weeks.
However, final outcomes of the procedure will become apparent after a few months. Reliable ACPS cosmetic surgeons receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for chin augmentation.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.