What is chin augmentation?
A beautiful face is one in which all the different parts such as the eyes, nose and lips are in harmony with each other. One part of the face which is often neglected is the chin. The chin plays an important role in defining the symmetry of the face. A receding chin may make the nose appear too long and a too broad chin may make the face lose its beauty even when other features are in proportion to each other.
Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure to correct the shape of the chin by reducing a prominent chin or projecting a receding chin. The surgery can change the complete profile of the face.
Who is an ideal candidate for the procedure?
A good candidate for the surgery should be in good health. Very importantly, the person should not be an active or even a passive smoker. Smoking decreases the wound healing ability of the body and causes increased scarring.
Before going for the procedure you should clearly discuss your expectations with the surgeon. The surgeon will take X-rays of the face and chin to decide which procedure is best for you. The expectation with the surgery should be realistic and you should not look for perfection.
Can chin augmentation be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
If required chin augmentation can be done along with nose surgery (rhinoplasty), laser skin resurfacing or liposuction of the neck and chin.
How is chin augmentation performed?
Chin augmentation procedure is done under local or general anaesthesia. An incision is made either on the chin or inside the mouth below the lower lip. With both incisions, the scar is either not present externally on the face or is very small and is hardly noticeable. The chin is sculpted either by inserting an implant or reshaping the chin bone. The implant if used is attached either with sutures or screws. The jaw bone may be cut and repositioned with screws for reshaping the chin bone. The cut is then sutured closed.
What can I expect postoperatively?
You will experience some swelling, discomfort and may feel stretching on the chin after the surgery. Antibiotics and pain relieving medicines will be prescribed to prevent infection and keep you comfortable. You should be able to return to normal work after a week or ten days.
Are there any risks associated with chin augmentation surgery?
The risks and complications of chin augmentation surgery are rare but may involve shifting or infection of the implant, scarring of the chin and numbness on the chin. The final results of the surgery are seen after 3 to 4 months following the surgery.