Underlying skeletal structure, including a strong jaw line, contributes greatly to overall facial harmony and aesthetic balance. A receding chin can make a well proportioned nose seem overly large and can also blur the distinction between chin and neck. When a receding chin results from dental malocclusion, consultation with an oral surgeon may be necessary. However, generally speaking, a weak chin can be effectively and relatively simply augmented with an implant intended to give better definition to the chin and jaw line.
Chin implants come in various sizes and shapes individually suited to each patient’s unique situation. For example, some are designed to be used as an adjunct to facelift surgery in order to achieve optimal correction of jowling. Others are recommended concurrently with rhinoplasty with the goal of achieving improved balance between the nose and face. Still others are placed in combination with submental liposuction to improve chin / neck distinction. During the consultation, these relationships will be discussed, and Dr. Thompson will make a recommendation based on these factors and each patient’s individual concerns and desires.
Chin augmentation is performed in the operating room under deep sedation, often in combination with other procedures. A small incision is made below the chin hidden in the natural crease termed “submental crease.” A deep pocket is created and an appropriately sized and shaped implant is placed. The composition of the implants varies to some degree, but most often, a silastic implant is placed. Silastic is an inert, firm, rubber-like substance that has been used safely in various procedures for many decades. Infection and implant rejection can occur but are rare. Meticulous suturing improves healing and minimizes scarring.
- Improves facial harmony and aesthetic balance
- Improves jaw line contour and definition
- Improves face / neck contrast
- Ability to customize to each patient’s individual situation
- Safely performed in combination with almost any other facial plastic procedure
Following surgery, chin tapes are placed and remain for 5 days, at which time sutures are also removed. Pain is generally minimal, but temporary numbness over the incision occurs in most patients. Light activity is permitted immediately following surgery, and all activities can be resumed at 3 weeks.