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Chin Augmentation


Cosmetic chin surgery is an excellent option for anyone who feels that their chin is not shaped right in relation to the rest of the face. Popular among men and women, chin enhancement can be accomplished via facial implants for chin enlargement or advancement, or via chin reduction surgery for those who would like their jaw to appear less prominent in profile.

Chin augmentation adds proportion to the chin and provides balance to other facial features. A weak chin makes the neck appear fleshy. It accentuates the size of a normal nose and makes a large nose seem especially big. Chin enlargement through chin implant surgery brings the facial features into harmony and balances the overall facial structure.

The placement of chin implants, though largely overshadowed by other, more popular surgeries, can be an excellent solution for individuals who wish to augment the size and shape of their chin. If you are unsure exactly what chin implants are, or if you are wondering about the price range for chin implant surgery, becoming educated about the procedure is the all-important first step toward enhancing your appearance with chin augmentation surgery.

Chin Implant Candidates

Chin augmentation surgery offers many aesthetic benefits. Good candidates for the procedure include those who have a:

  • Recessed chin
  • Pointed or squared chin
  • Prominent nose
  • Fleshy neck

Cosmetic chin surgery adds definition to the jaw and balances the appearance of a large nose. Chin implants are often used in conjunction with rhinoplasty for maximum aesthetic effect and may be used with cheek implants and lip augmentation for overall facial balance.

Candidates for chin augmentation surgery should not:

  • Be in poor health
  • Have unreasonable expectations about the outcome of the surgery
  • Have taken Accutane® in the past six months (the medication can affect bone growth and cause keloid scarring)
  • Suffer from cardiac problems or hypertension
  • Take anticoagulants

What Do Chin Implants Look Like?

The look of chin implants varies according to the material used to manufacture the products. Preformed chin implants, such as those made of GORE-TEX® or silicone, are shaped a little like the narrow chin guard of a sports helmet. The cosmetic surgeon may further carve the implant to adjust the shape for a custom fit. Once in place, the chin implant should create a strong, natural-looking jaw line. Some plastic surgeons can demonstrate the cosmetic benefit that chin implants provide through computer imaging, which allows patients to see what they will look like after their surgery.

The Chin Enlargement Operation

Recessive chin enlargement surgery uses chin implants to supplement the existing bone at the front of the jaw beneath the teeth. The artificial implant sits under the skin and gives a permanent boost to the strength and definition of the chin. This augmentation method can give patients a pleasing, well-proportioned look that seems completely natural.

A cosmetic chin enlargement procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis at the surgeon's facility, but may be performed at a hospital. The length of time the procedure takes depends on several factors, but is usually from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Depending on the surgeon's and the patient's preference, local or general anesthesia may be used.

The incision created during the operation are made underneath the chin or inside of the mouth between the gum and lower lip. Incisions created in the mouth are more likely to introduce bacteria into the body, but result in no visible scarring. Once the incisions are made, the chin implant is inserted and positioned in front of the jawbone. The surgeon then checks its appearance for proper balance with other facial features and may adjust or modify the implant to ensure the proper look is achieved. Once this is done, the chin implant is sutured into place, and the procedure is complete. Sutures inside the mouth will dissolve after about 10 days. Sutures outside the mouth are removed after approximately the same period.

Chin Surgery Complications

One of the questions asked most often by those considering getting a chin implant is: "Are chin implants safe?" Although rare, chin implant surgery complications do occur. Bruising and swelling that can last up to six weeks should be expected after the procedure. Complications related to anesthesia can also happen and usually affect the respiratory system. Other risks include migration of the chin implant after it has been placed. This may require a second procedure to adjust the implant into proper alignment. Infection poses a risk but can usually be effectively controlled with antibiotics. Since chin implant surgery can potentially damage small nerves, post-surgery numbness of the lip and chin is a possible side effect of aesthetic chin surgery.

Chin Augmentation Costs

The average cost of chin implant surgery is $2,269, according to the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. However, this figure does not include the cost of anesthesia, medication, the operating room, and other fees related to the surgery. Typically, with all costs included, the price ranges for chin augmentation surgery as a complete procedure are $3,000 to $5,000. When consulting a cosmetic surgeon about chin enhancement surgery and its alternatives, it is important to get a pre-surgery estimate of the total cost before making a final decision. Plastic surgery financing options are available and can make the procedure affordable for most budgets.

Consult a Chin Augmentation Surgeon

The risk of chin surgery complications can be greatly reduced by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon that has expertise in chin surgery. DocShop provides listings of exceptional cosmetic surgeons throughout the country, many of whom have extensive experience in cosmetic chin surgery procedures.

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