: My philosophy for chin implants is that they should be positioned in a space created immediately against the bone. They should be immobile and should not placed in the loose tissues of the face so that they move around. The patient should be unaware of a foreign substance and the implant should be a seamless part of their body shape and image.
: Chin augmentation is indicated for two distinct groups:
- Young adults with deficient chin development. These patients may also need a simultaneous reduction of the nose.
- Young and older patients with poor definition of the neck who also require a neck lift often combined with a lower facelift.
Chin Implants Technique
: A small incision is made in the crease beneath the chin. A space is created next to the bone for the implant. The space is washed with antibiotic and the implant is positioned. After making sure that the size and position of the implant is ideal, the wound is closed. In the case of patients requiring more neck definition the procedure may be combined with a neck and lower face-lift as well as liposuction of the neck. Different shapes and sizes of implants are used depending on the need to correct the forward projection of the chin as well as the width and height of the central jawline.
: A solid silicone implant is used. This type of implant is easily placed without excessive trauma to the tissue and it can be removed or changed without difficulty. A wide range of sizes and shapes is available to create the best contour.
Injections of Radiesse, Hyaluronic Acid fillers (Voluma, Restylane Lyft) may allow soft tissue correction but the results last for 6-24 months and are not permanent. The result is less predictable although no surgery is required. Fat injection is also an option and can be performed at the same time as a face-lift.
: Bruising is usually minimal but can occur. Swelling lasts for about a week. The contour will continue to change after this point and the final appearance will not be apparent until six months after surgery.
Risks and complications
: Potentials risks of all surgery are bleeding and infection. Specific risks of placement of a chin implant are damage to the mental and marginal mandibular nerves providing sensation and movement to the lips. Surgery is performed in the space next to the bone so that the implant is safely positioned and the nerves are protected. The mental nerve which provides sensation is often identified and by using the space next to the bone, the marginal mandibular nerve which provides movement to the face, is protected as it passes above the bone in the overlying muscle. Transient dysfunction of both nerves is possible after surgery. Other risks of surgery are asymmetry of the implant, wrong position, displacement or wrong size. For these reasons all of these factors are evaluated during surgery to obtain the best result. Please see our consent form for a detailed description of potential risks and complications.
: Chin implants can be combined with a rhinoplasty or a face-lift. A patient with a large nose may also have a small chin. Face-lift patients with a flattened chin or sagging of the chin pad or lack of neck contour can do well with a chin augmentation.
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