There are many ways to refer to chin surgery, including genioplasty, mentoplasty, chin implant surgery or chin augmentation. But regardless of what you call it, the goal of cosmetic chin surgery procedures is to correct microgenia, or abnormal smallness of the chin due to inadequate bone structure.
Cosmetic chin surgery is often sought by men and women who want to increase the projection of their chin in order to make lower chin and neck contours more defined, and to improve the balance and harmony between their facial features.
Good candidates for chin surgery are healthy, non-smokers who want to address the following cosmetic concerns:
If you desire a stronger, more prominent chin, or if you want to increase chin projection to balance other facial features that seem overly prominent, then chin surgery may be right for you. During your consultation, you can talk openly with Dr. Will about your goals and expectations, and the, after thoroughly evaluating your facial anatomy, Dr. Will can recommend the best procedure to meet your needs.
Most cosmetic surgeons use a facial implant made of silicone rubber to enhance the chin. A variety of chin implant shapes and sizes are available, which allows Dr. Will to provide his chin surgery patients with customized results that suit their unique facial anatomy.
Chin surgery is typically performed while patients are under general or sedation anesthesia, and the entire procedure takes about an hour to perform. The procedure may take slightly longer if chin liposuction is performed at the same time as chin implant surgery to further improve chin projection and lower face contours.
During chin implant surgery, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Will makes a small incision inside the lower lip or under the chin, creates a pocket in front of the lower jawbone, and places the chin implant inside the pocket.
Screws or permanent sutures may also be used during chin surgery to prevent your chin implant from migrating or moving. Tape may also be affixed to your chin after surgery to keep the implant in place.
Chin implants are not the only option for chin augmentation. Alternative chin augmentation procedures include the surgical reshaping of the chin bone or the repositioning of the lower jawbone to enhance the chin. Injectable fillers such as Radiesse may also be used for chin augmentation, but unlike chin implant surgery, the results with injectable fillers are only temporary.
After chin surgery, you will likely experience some swelling, bruising, discomfort, and numbness. Most of these temporary surgical side effects will resolve within 1-2 weeks, and pain medication may be used to minimize discomfort in the meantime. Using cold compresses, keeping your head elevated, and avoiding blood thinning medications will also help minimize chin surgery side effects.
Taking prescribed antibiotics and keeping your incisions clean will also help prevent infection and other potential complications, so be sure to follow these and all other post-op instructions.
If you have had stitches placed under your chin, these will be removed during a follow-up appointment within about ten days. If you have had dissolvable stitches placed inside your mouth, you will still need to see Dr. Will a few days after the procedure to ensure that you are healing properly.
Within about a week, most patients have returned to their work and to their normal daily activities. After 3-4 weeks, most activity restrictions will be lifted, and you may resume more strenuous activities. Over the next few months, your final chin augmentation results will take shape. You will notice better chin projection, increased lower face definition, and improved facial balance and proportion.
The approximate cost of chin surgery with an implant is 4,000 dollars. Because the operation varies, the cost of surgery at our Frederick County practice also varies. View information on our financing plans.
A preliminary consultation with Dr. Will can help you determine whether chin augmentation is right for you. Contact Will Surgical Arts in Maryland to learn more about chin surgery. Our cosmetic surgery practice is conveniently located for residents of Frederick, MD and the Washington, DC metro area. Call (301) 874-1707 for more information.
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