Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure in which a chin implant is inserted through a small incision below your chin to improve the projection of a small chin. We associate beauty and attractiveness with balanced proportions of the face in both a frontal plane and in profile. Some people have a “weak” chin due to the presence of an anatomical small chin relative to their other facial features. A small chin may sometimes give a false impression that the patient has a large over–projected nose when in fact the person may have a recessed small chin.A small chin may also give a patient a false illusion of having a large nose when they are viewed in profile(see photo below). Inserting an extended silicone chin implant can lengthen the vertical facial dimensions and as well as increase the horizontal profile of the chin.Chin implants are a permanent solution that will help to restore facial balance and harmony in people with receding chins relative to other facial features.

Before Chin Augmentation

After Chin AugmentationA: A small chin may sometimes give a false impression that the patient has a large over–projected nose when in fact the person may have a recessed small chin.Chin implants are a permanent solution that will help to restore facial balance and harmony in people with receding chins relative to other facial features

Q: Is chin augmentation a stand-alone procedure or are other procedures recommended at the same time?

A: Chin augmentation can be a stand-alone procedure or scheduled in conjunction with another surgery such as a nose shaping procedure, liposuction of the neck and jawline, and /or facelift procedure.

 Q: What can I expect at the time of my consultation for a chin augmentation?

A: Dr. Kopelman will photograph and measure the chin/ jawline  and will select the  ideal size  implant that will harmoniously balance your profile and frontal dimensions. If a patient is not yet ready for chin augmentation surgery then Dr. Kopelman may recommend the temporary use of an injectable filler in the chin. Hyaluronic acid gels like JuvedermXC® or Restylane Lyft® are safe and natural, non-surgical alternatives to chin implant surgery. These temporary injections can give a patient a realistic vision of what a more balanced facial profile  may look like.  This temporary measure can give a patient time to determine if they like  the change in their profile before  committing to a permanent surgical procedure.

Q: How is a chin augmentation performed?

A: Chin augmentation is performed under monitored “twilight” anesthesia. Doctor Kopelman typically marks the crease found beneath the chin and injects a numbing agent like lidocaine. You will be completely comfortable and safe. An incision is made  slightly behind the crease. Through this incision Dr. Kopelman creates a pocket along the jawline. A custom sized silicone implant is  then inserted and secured  below the muscle. The pocket is closed in layers to allow the implant to remain symmetrically in place. Chin augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis and is usually completed in around one hour.

 Q: What can I expect following chin augmentation?

A: Following surgery the chin is taped to hold the implant in place for a few days until the swelling subsides. You will be placed on prophylactic oral antibiotics as a cautionary step to prevent infections. Most patients can resume their normal activities within two to three days but strenuous exercise should avoided for approximately 14 days. After two days the external tape is removed in the office after which you will apply topical ointment to the incision. The incisional scar fades in most cases over a few months and is not usually noticeable.

 Q: What are the risks associated with chin augmentation surgery?

A: Problems rarely occur, but include: infections, implant displacement and extrusion.These events are very rare but should the implant become displaced the implant can be repositioned in most cases without untoward secondary effects. Other less likely complications may also occur but can be discussed with Dr. Kopelman prior to the procedure.
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