The chin is an important component of the overall facial profile. However, if the chin is too small, a chin implant is required for correction. Chin augmentation can improve and enhance facial contours by strengthening the jaw line or bringing the chin and cheekbones to proportion with the rest of the face. A patient’s chin may be augmented by placing an implant in the area through a mouth incision made behind the lower lip, or a small incision under the chin, Small sutures are used to close the incision, and external bandages are applied to the chin area.
This procedure is done with IV sedation performed by a certified anesthesiologist and local anesthesia, and takes about 1 to 2 hrs.
After the surgery there is a minimal amount of discomfort following your chin augmentation surgery. There will be swelling and bruising that may last from seven to ten days. As your incisions heal, you will notice some itching and possibly some numbness. These symptoms will diminish over time. Strenuous activity is restricted for six weeks.
Keeping the head slightly elevated when reclining, and applying cold compresses, may help reduce swelling. Chewing may be difficult for four to seven days and numbness around the treated area may occur for a period of time.