Chin implants are one of plastic surgery’s best kept secrets. They can offer incredible benefits to men and women looking to create better balance to their faces, and yet, they never seem to get the attention that other procedures do. Rhinoplasty and chin implants are often performed together, for example, and most people only notice the nose! Perhaps that’s one of the best things about chin augmentation: everyone notices the difference, but no one can put their finger on what it is. If you’ve been thinking about adding contour to your face with a chin implant, read on to learn whether you may be a good candidate for this surgery or not.
Who Needs a Chin Implant?
First thing’s first. You need to understand what the chin implant can offer you if you’re thinking about this surgery. After all, if you aren’t looking for these benefits, you’ll need a different procedure. To put it simply, a chin implant is a surgical device that can permanently alter the shape, size, and projection of your chin. Making these changes can strengthen a weak chin, create a balanced profile, and improve a person’s overall appearance.
Some of the common concerns of prospective chin augmentation patients include the following:
● A weak or receding chin
● A need for improved definition
● A desire to restore facial contour
● Imbalanced proportion of your facial structures
● Lost facial volume due to aging
● Facial asymmetry or other deformities
How Is a Chin Implant Used?
During a chin augmentation surgery, the plastic surgeon will make a small incision within the lower lip or along the crease immediately below the chin. The chin implant is then inserted through the incision and anchored to the bone. The incision is sutured closed and the procedure, usually lasting 30 to 60 minutes, is completed.
Many patients will opt for a chin implant in combination with other facial procedures to create a complete rejuvenation. A “profileplasty” combines chin augmentation with rhinoplasty to refine and balance the entire profile. A facelift, facial liposuction, neck lift, or another procedure can also be added to achieve optimum results for a patient.
So What Makes a Good Candidate for Chin Implant Surgery?
As with any elective, cosmetic surgery, there are eligibility requirements that should be met by the patient to ensure a safe procedure. For starters, you should be in good overall health and practice healthy daily habits that will ensure a smooth recovery. You should not smoke and be prepared to disclose all of your current medications, past medical history, and other relevant information to your plastic surgeon. He will need to evaluate the health of your immune system, which must be working well in order to reduce your risks for infection after surgery.
In order for your procedure to be a successful one, both your jaw and your teeth must be functioning properly. Mildly weak chins, combined with the strong support of the jaw, tend to achieve the best chin augmentation results. Patients who once had a strong chin but have noticed it receding in recent years due to the aging process will also fare well with a chin augmentation.
Finally, all good candidates for chin augmentation have a positive attitude about their surgery and a good understanding of the procedure’s abilities. You should have specific goals in mind that can be communicated with your plastic surgeon during a chin augmentation consultation. Working together, you can design a treatment plan that addresses the concerns you have for your chin as well as the rest of your facial structures.
This guest post was written by Philip Schoenfeld, MD. Dr. Schoenfeld is the founder and Medical Director of RENU Artful Medicine in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Washington DC metropolitan area.