The goal of chin augmentation is to improve your profile by creating balance between your chin and other facial features. A small, or recessed, chin can be described as one that seems to disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight rather than appearing as a distinct facial feature.
When to Consider a Chin Augmentation
- If you have a ‘weak’ chin and you wish to improve the definition of your jawline.
- If you have a receding chin and are looking to bring your profile into balance.
Dr. Kay’s Approach
Dr. Kay uses a chin implant to augment the chin. This firm, silicone implant is inserted through incisions inside your mouth or underneath your chin.
- Increasing the projection of your chin has the effect of strengthening your overall facial appearance, and will not interfere with your bite or jaw function.
- Your chin will be taped following surgery.
- Recovery from chin augmentation takes about a week, although there will be some swelling that resolves within a month or two.
- Infection is possible, which would necessitate removal of the implant.
Although chin augmentation can be done as a stand-alone procedure, it also serves as an appropriate add on to a face lift or neck lift. Fillers can also be considered in an effort to achieve a good balance between all facial features.
How will the chin implant feel after surgery?
Initially the chin implant will feel somewhat tender and hard. Over time, the implant will feel like a normal part of your jaw.
Can the implant shift?
My own preference is to put the implant into a carefully and precisely made space under the periosteum (the lining of the jaw bone) so that the implant fits like a finger in a glove. This keeps it from shifting or buckling.
Can the implant erode into my teeth?
There have been case reports of this happening, but in decades of doing this procedure I have not seen any erosion take place.
Can the chin bone be moved forward as a method of improving the contour and symmetry of the chin?
Yes it can and this procedure is called an advancement osseous genioplasty. It usually requires a general anesthetic, boney saw cuts, plates and screws. It has greater risks for non-healing, irregularities, is not easily reversed and has a higher chance of permanent numbness of the lower lip.