Who Is A Good Candidate For A Chin Implant?
Men and women who feel their chin does not lie in proportion with the rest of their face, the side may find a chin implant beneficial. In addition, a chin implant may lessen the appearance of a double-chin or make the nose appear smaller and less prominent. During the initial consultation, our expert surgeons will determine if you are a suitable candidate for the chin augmentation. The type, shape and form of chin implant will be best suited to you will also be discussed.
What Does Chin Implant Surgery Involve?
Chin correction with implants is a relatively simple procedure and can be performed on a daycase basis under local anaesthesia with sedation, although general anaesthetic is also possible if required. The implant is inserted from the underside of the chin or through the inside of the mouth. It is then fixed to the lower jawbone with sutures or surgical screws. The entire procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes and is performed with minimal scarring.
How Long Is The Recovery Time?
The downtime after chin augmentation is relatively short, although you will be required to wear a compression bandage for up to one week after the procedure. We recommend taking time off of work until this can be removed. Your diet should also initially be restricted to minimise movement of the jaw. After 3-7 days you can usually start eating as usual again. Bruising and swelling will take a few weeks to go down, but you can generally resume a normal level of activity after 7 days. Physical stress and strenuous sports should be avoided for up to 2 months after the surgery.
When the wound from the surgery is fully healed, the scarring from any incision will be minimal.
Is A Chin Implant Permanent?
The augmentation of the chin with an implant is a permanent solution. The surgeon will fix the implant to the chin to ensure it does not move. However, overtime your appearance will continue to change as the skin, muscles and tissues of that area age or with fluctuations in weight.
For those who are unsure or who would like a temporary solution before deciding on going ahead with a permanent chin implant, chin fillers may be an interim option.
Are Combination Treatments Possible?
Patients seeking to bring balance to the face often choose to address multiple areas in a single procedure. Nose augmentation, or rhinoplasty, is a particularly complementary treatment to chin implants, as they both work together to harmonize the side profile. Other procedures such as ear corrections, a facelift, blepharoplasty or liposuction of the neck, can also further enhance the results.
What Are The Risks And Complications With Chin Implants?
As with other operations, there is always a risk of infection, numbness and rejection of the prosthesis. In rare cases, the chin implant may have to be removed. During the consultation your surgeon will explain all the possible risks and complications to you in detail.