Chin augmentation is performed to improve the chin and jawline by augmenting or enlarging the chin and front portion of the jawbone. This may be performed with an extended neck sculpture or a face and neck lift (through common incision). The “implant” used is made of medical grade silicone plastic and is individually selected for size and shape. The implants are safe and have been used for nearly 40 years.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia is administered by a physician-anesthesiologist specializing in facial procedures. Under anesthesia, there is no pain and no awareness. An intravenous is started and you “drift off to sleep.”
Approximately 1 hour in the operating room.
Usually 1 hour in a fully monitored and state-of-the-art recovery room at the surgery center.
Professional care is optional. If you choose to recover at home, someone must be with you the first night. As with all of our procedures, precise instructions, direction sheets and a “care package” of supplies and medications are provided.
Stitches are removed from the hidden under-the-chin incision beginning on the 4th, 5th or 6th day after surgery. “Steri-strips” or a “butterfly” dressing may be applied at that time for wound support for an additional several days.
Return To Work, Normal Activities, Etc:
5 to 7 days. If there is bruising, it can be concealed with make-up.
After That First Week:
Numbness about the chin usually begins to subside. The incision still feels lumpy which is perfectly normal. Lower lip stiffness which may be present initially after surgery, begins to abate.
For The First Several Months:
Within 3 months after surgery, the hairline incision under the chin has matured to become fine, soft and nearly invisible. For the first 6 months, those patients with dark skin should use a sunscreen to protect the incision, particularly during the summer.