The Benefits of a Chin Implant
One feature that often leads to so many misconceptions is the shape and size of your chin. Having too small a chin can lead to a conclusion that a person is weak and no matter how unfair of an assessment that may be, it happens. To correct that assumption, many people choose to undergo the plastic surgery procedure known as a chin implant.
A chin implant can form the basis for a unique and sculpted appearance. Contact Dr. Carter today, for a complete analysis and consultation about the right cosmetic treatment for you.
What Kinds of Implants Are Used?
In order to repair or sculpt a newer, more defined chin, the plastic surgeon will use either autologous or alloplastic sources for a replacement. An autologous source can be those that are harvested from another part of the body to form the new chin. There are a few risks to doing this, two of which could include rejection by the body and the potential for infection.
To avoid that type of situation from cropping up after the chin implant is done, the cosmetic surgeon may opt to use an alloplastic source instead. Alloplastic implants are created from synthetic materials, the majority of which are very hypoallergenic, which reduce the likelihood of complications occurring post-surgery. There is a wide range of materials available for this type of implant, including acrylic, silicone, AlloDerm, Gore-Tex and Teflon.
What can I Expect during the Procedure?
Otherwise known as a mentoplasty, this operation is often done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as neck lift, face lift, rhinoplasty or eyelid surgery. In this fashion, the entire facial region surrounding the chin can be redefined to match the new chin, so that none of the features look out of place after the healing is complete. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia as any other surgery would be done.
A chin augmentation surgery typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes. During this type of plastic surgery, the jawbone will be adjusted through a procedure known as a sliding genioplasty, wherein the jawbone is surgically cut, and extended to where it is going to be located. It is then screwed into place using metal screws. The implant itself will then be shaped around the jawbone to give it its new formation and contour. Other methods could include the submental approach, where the new chin is built up around the mental nerve that carries signals between the chin and the brain as well as the intraoral approach, wherein the chin implant is placed through the inside of the mouth, working outwards.
What can I Expect after Surgery?
There are no major risks to this procedure, though there may be some amount of bruising and swelling. Discomfort and pain can last for several days post-surgery and facial movements such as smiling and talking may be difficult. Following the doctor’s advice is key to speeding up your recovery.