Chin augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can help improve the shape or size of the chin. For this procedure, the surgeon may insert implants, shift or reshape the bones, or combine both of these techniques. This surgery may be undertaken at a hospital or surgical center.
During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will take x-ray images of the patient’s face and chin. This will help to identify the areas of the chin that need to be corrected.
The surgeon will assess the patient’s chin profile and the chin’s proportion to other facial features. They will then use this information along with the patient’s cosmetic goals from the procedure to create an individualized chin augmentation plan.
Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide safe, proven and effective chin implant surgery as well as other aesthetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations in this sparkling area of the country.
Need for Chin Augmentation
A chin augmentation surgery enhances the balance between the facial features, especially the nose. If a person has a weak or receding chin, it could make the nose look larger. Such people may be ideal candidates for a chin augmentation procedure. Most candidates only need the procedure to enhance the proportion between their facial features, and otherwise, have a normal bite.
If the chin augmentation plastic surgery involves only the insertion of the implant to offer the chin more roundness, the surgeon may perform the procedure under IV sedation with local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
The surgeon begins by placing an incision within the mouth or underneath the chin on the outside. They will carve out a cavity using this incision on the front of the chin bone to hold the implant. The surgeon will join the implant to the bone using sutures or screws and finally seal the incision using sutures.
If the surgery involves bone reshaping, the surgeon will place an incision within the mouth along the lower gum line. This incision will allow the surgeon to access the chin bone. They will then place another incision through the jaw bone via a bone or chisel saw.
The surgeon will shift the jaw bone and screw it in place, and close the incision with sutures. The procedure will take between one to three hours to complete.
Sometimes chin augmentation is performed along with rhinoplasty for more complete outcomes. At times, facial liposuction is carried out with chin augmentation as well. Bite issues can also be addressed through a chin augmentation procedure.
Recovery Process and Outcomes
A majority of patients will feel slight pain and soreness in the incision area for some days. The surgeon may prescribe pain meds to manage this discomfort. The chin area may feel numb for up to three months after the surgery. Depending on the extent of the procedure, most inflammation will subside in around three to six months.
The surgeon may take the bandage on the chin off in a few days but may ask the patient to wear a brace during sleep for one month. Compassionate cosmetic surgeons at ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and other suburbs and cities in this standout region of the country.
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