Everyone would like to have a chin like Kirk Douglas or Angelina Jolie. But while that may be a pipedream, a weak chin can affect how people view the entire face. For instance, a weak chin can make a person’s nose appear larger or it can make the skin on the neck seem loose.
Chin augmentation with Dr. Trovato can give you a stronger chin. This procedure, formally termed mentoplasty, recreates the chin to add definition, or to make it longer or wider.
In your consultation with Dr. Trovato, you’ll discuss your reasons in seeking chin augmentation. Expectations need to be realistic. A surgery like this won’t make you look like someone else; it will only enhance your natural features. That’s an important distinction. You’ll also discuss the available implant choices, as well as the surgery and its possible complications and risks.
The chin augmentation procedure
A traditional chin augmentation procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to complete. The surgery involves placing the implant — usually silicone, polyethylene, or Gore-Tex — into the chin through a minimal incision made by Dr. Trovato either inside the mouth or on the natural crease line beneath the chin. To achieve the longest-lasting results, chin implants may be fastened to the bone using screws. Otherwise, the implant will be placed in a pocket next to the bone.
After mentoplasty, most patients usually feel discomfort in the treatment site, which can be alleviated by pain medication. Since the chin has increased in volume due to the implant, swelling is a natural occurrence after the surgery. You’ll feel tightness in the area for about two weeks. In most cases, surgical tape will be applied over the area to keep the implant in place as well as to control the swelling post-surgery. If the implant has been placed through an incision in the mouth, you’ll have to adopt a soft diet and keep the stitches very clean for the first few days of recovery. Most patients can return to work and their typical routines within a week or two. Exercise and anything strenuous will need to wait until the third week after your surgery.
When can I see results from my chin augmentation surgery?
While initial swelling will mask your new chin to a degree, your results should be fully noticeable within three to four weeks after chin augmentation surgery. Chin implants are created to last a lifetime, especially when they are screwed into place in the jawbone.
What risks can you expect from a chin augmentation procedure?
With chin augmentation, there can be a chance of blood pooling, fluid build-up, nerve damage that may cause numbness, skin discoloration, shifting of implants, and asymmetry in the treated site. Also, there is a risk for dissatisfaction with the final outcomes. These can be addressed with revision surgery, if necessary.