Chin implant surgery (chin augmentation) is performed to enhance the proportions and balance of your facial profile and correct a “weak” or receding chin. To achieve optimal chin augmentation results, biocompatible implants are used to increase the dimensions of the lower jaw, thereby creating a wider and/or stronger chin and elongating the facial appearance to enhance facial symmetry. Many patients who have previously utilized temporary soft tissue fillers to augment their chin appearance seek out chin implant surgery as a long lasting solution. As with most facial surgery procedures, chin implant surgery is a highly detailed procedure requiring an in-depth knowledge of facial structure and proportions, and should only be performed by a competent and skillful plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Paul McCluskey, M.D., of the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta. Dr. McCluskey is well-versed in the field of facial cosmetic surgery, and takes pride in helping his patients enhance the structural appearance of their faces with chin implant surgery at his state of the art facility in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chin implants are offered in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, and after assessing your facial bone structure and personal aesthetic preferences, Dr. McCluskey will select the chin implant option and surgical technique to ensure that you will achieve optimal surgical results. Chin augmentation surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, using either general anesthesia or IV sedation, and typically lasts 30-45 minutes (unless performed in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures). During the chin implant procedure, Dr. McCluskey will make an incision (small incision under the chin for silicone implants, small incision inside the mouth for Medpor and other biocompatible implant materials) and will then create a pocket directly over the lower jawbone and under the muscle to accommodate the implant. After placing the implant inside the pocket, Dr. McCluskey will secure it into place by affixing it to soft tissue or bone prior to closing the incision.
Following your chin implant surgery, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home; however, once your anesthesia wears off, you will be able to resume light activities in the evening with only a feeling that your lower lip is ‘asleep’ as you might feel after a trip to the dentist. Pain medications will be provided to ameliorate any soreness and swelling, and your chin may be taped to prevent the implant from shifting as a result of swelling during your initial recovery period (elevating your head will help to expedite the reduction of any swelling). If your chin augmentation incision was inside your mouth, you will be restricted to a liquid or soft diet for a few days and your stiches will dissolve after several weeks. If your chin implant surgery was performed using an incision under your chin, you will return to the office in approximately one week to have your sutures removed.
The most important choice you will make when considering cosmetic surgery is the selection of your plastic surgeon. It is critically important to select a highly-skilled plastic surgeon who utilizes state of the art equipment and facilities, and has a compassionate and competent support team. The Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta’s focus on patient education guarantees that every patient will receive the undivided attention of Dr. Paul McCluskey, M.D., and will have a thorough understanding of their chin augmentation procedure and how best to prepare for a swift and successful recovery.
The Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta has an excellent reputation for providing patients with a discreet and professional treatment environment, and for helping patients achieve the best possible results from their cosmetic enhancement procedures. If you would like additional information about chin implant surgery at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. McCluskey.