Chin implant (augmentation)
Chin augmentation with the help of implants has the goal to improve the facial profile. This can be obtained with the help of prostatic implants and/or bone shaping. In some cases,to achieve a better look of the face, chin augmentation can be performed simultaneously with rhinoplasty. Most of the patients who require this intervention have a well-developed jaw and a narrow chin. There are two main procedures for chin augmentation: surgical therapy and the injection of fillers. In the first case, the implant is placed in the top of the chin with local or general anesthesia. After the surgery, a compression bandage is applied to protect the implant. In the first week the edema and the contusion can be prominent, but they will be reabsorbed constantly during the healing process. Usually hospitalization is required.
A more pleasant shape can be created also with the help of fillers. The shape, size and the material for the implant are chosen based on the defect that needs to be corrected. Hospitalization is not required. There are several techniques available for chin augmentation with the help of fillers. In most of the cases, the incision is made inside the mouth at the base of the gums. A “pocket” is created to host the implant. The lines of incision are closed with fine sutures. Most chin augmentations are made with the help of silicone implants.
Recovery time depends on the type of operation. Most of the time there is no need for hospitalization. After the implant there is usually local edema. To stimulate the absorption of the edema, it is indicated to avoid intense physical effort and maintenance of the head in an elevated position for a few days. The doctor will prescribe medication to prevent possible infection.
More details about the intervention and postoperative recommendation will be provided at the first consultation.