A small chin or “weak chin” can make your whole face look less symmetrical. It can affect your appearance and perception of the way you want to look. A chin implant provides additional structure in the lower part of the face and feels like real bone.
Chin Augmentation Candidates
You may be a good candidate for chin augmentation surgery if:
- Your chin is not symmetrical or proportioned to other face features
- Want a more defined jawline
- You are healthy individual and do not have any medical conditionals that may impair healing
- Have realistic expectations and positive outlook
- A non-smoker. Patients are asked to stop smoking approximately 2-3 weeks prior and after surgery.
Choosing the Right Chin Implant
Using state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging technology, we can give our patients a preview of what they may look like after a chin augmentation. Patients can see how different sizes, shapes, and types of chin implants may look, helping them make the right decisions about their chin augmentation surgery.
The precise type and size of your chin implant that suits you best also require an evaluation by Dr. Sozer. During the initial consultation at our practice, Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will also examine your chin pointing out multiple techniques that can be used during the procedure. It’s important to consider the specific area you want to target for improvement, the desired length of recovery, and your post-surgical expectations. Implants have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Procedures Combined with Chin Augmentation
- Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) with Chin Augmentation: when you do not have a portioned chin, your nose may appear larger and may be more dominant in your face.
- Neck lift with Chin Augmentation: having a “weak chin” may fail to achieve a complete youthful and more distinct jawline. A combination of both can provide you with a district jawline.
Chin Augmentation Recovery
Immediately after surgery, a dressing will be applied that will remain in place for 2 or 3 days. You may experience some tenderness. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will provide post-operative medication for any discomfort. A liquid and soft food diet may be required for a few days after surgery. Most patients feel a stretched, tight sensation after the surgery, but this usually subsides in a week. After approximately six weeks, most swelling will be gone, and you can enjoy the results of your procedure. Rigorous activity may be prohibited for the first few weeks after surgery. Normal activity can be resumed after approximately ten days.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
Chin augmentation procedures are considered outpatient and are performed under general anesthesia.
Our surgical center, El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center, is in our West El Paso state-of-the-art facility which offers a comfortable and private setting. El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment. Experience the Science of Beauty.