Chin augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the US. While it may not seem like a desirable procedure compared to facelift, brow lift, or breast augmentation surgery, the chin actually has a major effect on how the face appears. Here at Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Phillip E. Dahan offers chin enhancement surgery to improve the appearance and confidence of his Reno, NV area patients.
What Is Chin Enhancement Surgery?
Chin enhancement surgery, or chin augmentation, is performed to either augment or reduce the size of the chin. This is done in order to achieve a more aesthetic balance among facial features. Chin reduction is accomplished by the reduction and reshaping of the chin bone to give the desired effect. To augment the chin, either an implant is used or the tip of the chin bone is advanced in a procedure called sliding genioplasty.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Chin Augmentation?
Men and women who look to chin augmentation as a cosmetic solution suffer from microgenia or macrogenia. Microgenia means that a patient has an inadequate or smaller than average sized chin. Macrogenia, on the other hand, means that a patient has an overly large chin.
Generally, those whose microgenia is too severe to be alleviated with implants may benefit from the sliding genioplasty. Chin reduction is selected by those who suffer from macrogenia, or a chin that stands out in relation to other facial features. The majority of patients seeking chin surgery wish to enhance the chin with an implant.
For these individuals, the chin is out of proportion with the rest of the face, making other features appear prominent. Many patients with a large nose tend to have a small chin and would benefit from having a chin implant at the same time as their rhinoplasty to create improved harmony and proportion.
Benefits of Chin Enhancement Surgery
Chin augmentation surgery has many benefits, such as improving facial appearance and reversing the signs of aging. The other benefits of chin enhancement surgery include:
- Improving a weak chin
- Reducing an overly strong chin
- Creating a symmetrical appearance
- Improving confidence
- Restoring facial contours
- Improving profile
- Balancing out a strong nose
Dr. Phillip Dahan understands the importance of a balanced face on confidence. With his expertise and unmatched caring manner, Dr. Dahan will work with you to achieve the results you have always desired.
Types of Chin Augmentation Surgery
During chin surgery, the chin is either made smaller or larger by inserting implants, advancing the chin bone, or removing and reshaping the chin bone. Both chin augmentation and reduction procedures are usually conducted in an outpatient setting with general anesthesia. However, a chin implant may also be placed under local anesthesia with sedation (“twilight”).
Chin Implant Surgery
For chin implants, the incision is made either inside the mouth or below the chin. Next, Dr. Dahan will create a pocket for the implant and insert the implant, placing it just in front of the chin portion of the jawbone. Soft sutures are used to close the incision.
Alternatively, the tip of the chin bone can be moved forward. In this case, the incision is made either inside the mouth or below the lower lip. Dr. Dahan cuts the chin bone with a sagittal saw, taking care to minimize trauma to the soft tissue. The bone piece is then fixated in its new position with titanium screws or wires, and sutures are placed to close the incision.
Chin Reduction Surgery
With chin reduction, the tip of the bone is detached and reshaped to create a more aesthetic contour, then repositioned. In some cases, the excess chin bone is filed down to a more aesthetic size and shape.*
Chin Surgery Recovery Process
Dr. Dahan will provide aftercare instructions that most likely recommend a soft diet in the first days or weeks following chin surgery. You will need to practice good oral hygiene at this time to minimize the risk of infection which is rare. Ice compresses and head elevation reduces swelling, bruising and discomfort. Most patients return to work or school in 5-7 days and should avoid contact sports for 4-6 weeks.*
Chin Surgery Risks
When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Dahan, chin augmentation surgery has very few complications. However, possible risks of chin surgery include:
- Asymmetrical results
- Implant shifting