Understanding Chin Augmentation
Chin augmentation is a facial plastic surgery procedure that is gaining in popularity. The results of the procedure are to create or restore the shape of the chin to a stronger feature that matches the contours and other anatomic features of the rest of your face. The procedure is done in an outpatient setting, is affordable and has a reasonable short recovery time. There are many different reasons you may want to consider chin augmentation.
Who should consider chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation is often recommended as a way to correct the effects of aging on the chin and neck. As the skin loses elasticity, the chin can appear to recede. The chin can also recede as a result of bone loss or mouth reconstruction due to injury, illness or even wearing dentures. Often, if someone has had facial surgery on their cheekbones or nose, they will also have a chin augmentation done to create a more balanced appearance.
What happens during the procedure?
With chin augmentation, a small implant may be placed under the skin at the chin location and along the jaw line to fill out the line of the jaw. Your surgeon, along with your desires and input, will determine the best size and shape of implant to use in your situation. Dramatic results can be achieved with this procedure.
Many times patients will opt to have a degree of Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and/or Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) done at the same time as their chin augmentation. The subtle changes to the nose width and increased droop of the eyelids as a part of the aging process can become more noticeable when the aging effects on the chin are corrected. All of these are general procedures that can be done together, or in steps, to make recover less disruptive and the change more subtle.