Chin correction using a chin implant

November 12, 2012

Chin correction using a chin implant

A chin implant can effectively improve the shape of the face, creating balance and symmetry.

A chin correction procedure using a chin implant is a simple practise that is becoming more and more popular. It can be used to bring balance to the face that was previously off balance or that has been deformed as a result of an accident. A chin that was naturally underdeveloped or receding can be significantly transformed and improved through the use of a chin implant. It will not only improve the shape of the chin itself, but will also have an effect on the whole of the rest the face. One way in particular that this is true is by making a large nose look smaller. Many patients find that the whole of their face looks more symmetrical and generally more balanced after they have recovered from the procedure. Many individuals chose to combine their chin implant operation with other forms of cosmetic surgery such as neck lift or face life. Some people decide to have a rhinoplasty, also known as a nose correction at the same time. As you would expect, having more than one procedure done at the same time can have quite a dramatic effect. Some people worry that the pain will be more intense by doing this but in fact it is often preferable to have as much done as possible at the same time so that they don’t have to experience any pain or discomfort for a prolonger amount of time. This can be discussed with your plastic surgeon who can advise you on the best procedures and the likely results.

The procedure of the chin correction with chin implant

General anaesthetic will be administered before the procedure and the whole thing will take place with the patient unconscious. The entire process usually takes around 1 hour. First of all a small incision will be made under the chin or inside of the mouth. The chin implant is then placed into the incision under the chin muscles and the periosteum of the jaw. Once the surgeon is happy that the chin implant is in place, the incision can be sutured. There are different pro’s and con’s of having the incision in the mouth rather than under the chin. On one hand, making the incision inside the patient’s mouth means that there will be not visible scar. However on the other hand, there is a higher risk of infection when the incision is made in the mouth.

The chin implant

The chin implant is made out of firm silicone and is a prosthesis. It is available in a range of shapes and sizes and can be chosen by the individual with advice of their surgeons. The ideal shape and size will vary depending on the individual and their desired outcome of the procedure.

Postoperative care

Patients are able to return home the same day of their chin implant procedure. An external press will be provided that will need to be worn at all times in order to keep the chin implant in place. After this first week, it should be possible to return to work and normal activities. Swelling and discolouration of the skin will occur in the surrounding area initially but will disappear a couple of weeks after the surgery.

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