Chin augmentation is recommended by plastic surgeons when someone wants to reconstruct their chin shape. The surgery involves insertion of implants or reshaping/shifting of bones. In some cases, it may also involve a combination of the two.
At the time of your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your cosmetic goals to determine the best solutions. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides chin augmentation surgery options to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and surrounding communities.
What Does Chin Augmentation Involve?
Chin augmentation cosmetic surgery is usually performed at a hospital or a surgery center. The surgeon will take x-rays of your chin and face during the preoperative consultation to evaluate your chin anatomy.
Chin augmentation procedure is performed to add volume to a recessive chin. This helps in improving the overall facial features and proportions. People with receding or weak chins make good candidates for this procedure.
In some cases, your plastic surgeon may recommend the procedure to be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as rhinoplasty for a more effective outcome.
Ideal Candidates for Chin Implants
Following characteristics make for an ideal candidate to receive chin augmentation procedure:
- Fleshy neck
- Prominent nose
- Recessed chin
- Pointed or squared chin
Chin Augmentation Procedure
You will be given general or local anesthesia before the surgery. The cosmetic surgeon will make incisions on the inside or outside the mouth. Incisions can be made beneath the chin as well. A cavity will be carved through the incision in front of the chin bone. This is where implants will be inserted.
Screws or sutures are used to affix the implant to the bone. Your plastic surgeon will move to make an incision on the lower gum if reconfiguration of bone is necessary. This makes the chin bone accessible. Another incision will be made on the jaw bone using a bone saw or chisel.
Following this, your jaw bone will be shifted into a better position and screwed in place. Incisions are generally closed using sutures after the surgery. Chin augmentation, in some special cases, is performed along with rhinoplasty.
If you have a bite problem, the procedure may be combined with facial liposuction plastic surgery.
Care and Recovery after the Procedure
It is normal to experience mild throbbing pain in the affected areas for a few days after the surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will prescribe pain killers to reduce your discomfort. All bandages around the treated area will be removed after a week. Swelling takes a few weeks to subside. Numbness in the area may persist for a few more weeks.
Patients are advised to wear braces when they sleep for better and faster recovery. You may be able to resume your regular activities within 1 – 2 weeks after getting a chin augmentation enhancement surgery. However, this depends on the extent of the procedure. Scars are usually not noticeable when incisions are made underneath the chin or inside the mouth.
Implants placed during chin augmentation usually stay good for life. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and nearby areas for chin augmentation surgery.
Contact Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey for a Consultation
Serving patients in and around Atlanta, Buckhead, Morningside/Lenox Park, Roswell, Virginia-Highland, Candler Park, Midtown, Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, Ormewood Park, Roswell, Marietta, Georgia and other surrounding areas.