What is a Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of a receding or weak chin. Surgery is usually performed with a silicone implant placed over the bone at the tip of the chin. This implant is inserted through a small incision underneath the chin or inside the mouth where the scar can be easily concealed. Another option for chin enhancement is mentoplasty or sliding genioplasty, a surgery that moves the jaw bone forward to project the chin further out. This is a more complex procedure with a longer recovery and more possible complications so chin augmentation with implants is preferred by Dr. Moulton-Barrett and is the only type of chin augmentation he performs.
Brief Guide to Chin Implants
Chin implants are typically made with a biocompatible silicone material that is molded to fit around the chin bone. Silicone chin implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes so that the procedure is easily customized to each patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. Larger implants may be necessary for patients with a significant recession in their chins. Dr. Moulton-Barrett will carefully choose your chin implant so that the results are natural and the new contour of your chin is proportional to the rest of your face.
Recovery from Chin Augmentation
After your chin implant surgery, the incision will be bandaged, and a compression garment may be placed around your head to support the chin as it heals and minimize swelling. If the surgical incision was made inside the mouth, you may be placed on a liquid or soft diet for a couple of days.
Swelling and mild discomfort are normal but can be alleviated with prescription pain medications and cold compresses. It is also recommended that you sleep with your head elevated for 1-2 weeks to protect the incisions and minimize swelling. Most patients return to work within one week, but strenuous activity should continue to be avoided for 4 weeks. Complete results will be seen in about 3 months once all of the swelling has reduced.
Risks Associated with Chin Augmentation
All surgical procedures come with a few risks such as poor scarring, infection, bleeding, and a bad reaction to the anesthesia. One other possible risk with chin implants is that the implant shifts after surgery but Dr. Moulton-Barrett will use the best possible techniques to limit the likelihood of these complications.
To find out more about available treatments and procedures, request a consultation with Dr. Moulton-Barrett at one of his Bay Area offices. Board certified plastic surgeon Rex Moulton-Barrett, M.D., offers advanced care and procedures for Bay Area residents. He has offices in Alameda and Brentwood, CA.
2070 Clinton Ave, Alameda, CA 94501