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Chin implants are used to create a more aesthetic balance to the facial features. The chin and nose directly effect each other and one can cause the other too look disproportionate. A chin implant also helps to define the jaw line to create a more clear distinction between the chin and the neck. Often a chin implant may be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose surgery) or liposuction of the neck. Chin implants can increase facial harmony and boost self-confidence in people with a weak chin.
How Chin Augmentation is Performed
Chin implant surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with a sedative or under general anesthesia, depending on the patient and Plastic Surgeon’s preference. The incision may be made under the chin or inside of the mouth and the implant will be placed directly on the original chin bone. Any scarring will be hidden. The procedure itself takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour. The chin implant size and shape will vary based on each patients inpidual needs. Sutures placed on the outside, on the skin, will be removed in 5 to 7 days, while intra-oral incision (inside the mouth) sutures will dissolve on their own.
Recovery and Risks
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Your Plastic Surgeon will go over these risks with you, but should you have any questions it is important that you ask them. There may be some dietary and activity restrictions following your procedure that you will need to follow while you heal to ensure a safe recovery. It’s normal to have some bruising around the chin and neck, have difficulty smiling and talking and to experience some slight swelling and discomfort around your face while you heal. Should you experience difficulty breathing or chest pains, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Your Chin Augmentation will be performed by Dr. Walter Gracia at his office in Fort Worth, TX
Your results will continue to evolve for several weeks and even months as you continue to heal. In most cases, the improvement is subtle but substantial, meaning others may not be able to pinpoint the change, but instead will be able to note an improved confidence and facial aesthetic.
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