One the most common insecurities people have about their face is the appearance of their chine/jaw-line. Many people are unhappy with the way their chin looks, and want a more defined chin and jaw-line, like you often see in Hollywood celebrities. This is why many people turn to chin implants, also known as chin augmentation. A chin augmentation will allow someone to finally achieve the more define chin and jaw-line they desire.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Chin Augmentation?
The ideal candidate for a chin augmentation is someone who:
- Has a weak appearance of the chin they want to correct
- Has good functioning of the teeth and jaw
- Has possibly used soft tissue fillers such as Radiesse or Juviderm to add volume to the chin area with good results
- Is in good mental and physical health, and a non-smoker
- Has realistic expectation about the chin augmentation procedure
- Has thorough researched both the chin augmentation procedure and the doctor who will be performing it
- Is at least 18 years or older
Preparing for the Chin Implant Surgery
The best way to prepare for any plastic surgery procedure is to do heavy research on both the procedure and the plastic surgeon who will be performing it. Once you think you are well educated on both the chin implant procedure and the doctor, you will be ready for your initial consultation. During this first time meeting with the doctor, it will be very helpful to bring in pictures of someone who has a good chin to give the doctor an idea of the results you desire. Your doctor will discuss with you different types of chin implants and decide on an overall plan to suit your cosmetic goals, as well as go over some realistic expectations (during this time, you will probably look at many chin implant before and after photos from his previous work). Be sure to discuss any questions and concerns about the procedure you may have. The more you discuss with them, the more likely you are to be pleased with the overall result of your chin augmentation.
How are Chin Implants Inserted?
Although a chin augmentation may certainly be performed by itself, many people opt to have other procedures performed in tandem. Popular procedures to have performed at the same time the chin implant is inserted are rhinoplasty, cheek implants, jaw implants, or a facelift.
Based on the goals an expectations you and your plastic surgeon outlined in your initial chin augmentation consultation, your doctor will carefully select the right size and shaped chin implant to match the look you desire. Chin implants are made of rubbery substance that is soft and flexible (sometimes made of silicone). The chin implant will be inserted through a small incision on the underside of your chin, or on the inside of the mouth, where there will be no noticeable scar. If it is inserted through the underside of the chin, a small scar will be visible, however, it will fade well with time to the point where it is either barely noticeable or completely faded. Once inserted, it will be secured to the bone with screws, glue or other methods (different plastic surgeons used different techniques). Once the chin implant is in place, you will be sutured up. The surgery doesn’t take very long – only about 30 to 45 minutes – and can usually be performed under just local anesthesia, meaning you are awake during the procedure.
Alternative to Chin Implants
As an alternative to chin implants, some people opt for a procedure called sliding genioplasty, or “chin advancement.” In this procedure, rather than inserting chin implants, the chin is re-shaped to be made straighter by cutting the chin bone horizontally and then rotating it. Talk with your doctor to see if either sliding genioplasty or chin implants are a better option for your cosmetic goals.
Chin Augmentation Surgery Risks and Complications
There are plastic surgery risks associated with any type of plastic surgery, including chin implants. The biggest thing you will have to worry about after chin augmentation surgery is than the chin implant may shift. To avoid this, you will be required to avoid any contact sports during the first 4-6 weeks of the chin implant recovery phase. After you heal, if your plastic surgeon did a good job, the risk of the chin implant moving around should be very low. Other less common risks include:
- Loss of physical sensation in the chin area (usually comes back quickly, although in extremely rare cases, in may be permanent).
- Internal bleeding or infection (very rare)
- Results that are unsatisfactory and did not meet the patient’s expectations for a variety of reasons (implant too big/too small, not positioned correctly, shifts after surgery, implant did yield the result they expected, etc.)
Chin Implants Recovery Phase
All plastic surgeries will come with a recovery phase of a month or more, but compared to other plastic surgery procedures, the chin implant recovery phase is not that bad. You will not feel much pain, even the same the day the surgery is performed, plus you will be prescribed some pain medication just in case. You will, however, experience all the normal post op symptoms of bruising, swelling, and numbness, as you would after any type of surgery (cosmetic or otherwise). Also, since you skin isn’t used to having to accommodate the volume of the chin implant, you will likely experience some skin tightness. You skin will get used to this as you heal, and expand to accommodate the new volume of the chin implant. During the first few days of the chin augmentation recovery phase, you may want to take time off work, although no more than a week off at the most will be needed in most cases. Also, only light activity will be advised during the few first weeks (no heavy workouts of any kind). If the incision was made on the inside of the mouth, you may have to undergo special measures to keep particles of food out of the incision area until it heals, such as frequent rinsing with salt water. After about a month or two, all the pain, swelling, skin tightness, and incisions should be 100% healed (or close to it) and you will be able to resume all normal activities.
Chin Implant Cost
The average cost of a chin implant surgery/chin augmentation is roughly $4,300. This price is an all inclusive estimate that takes into account the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, cost of medications, etc. However, understand that $4,300 is a just a rough estimate and the price of your chin augmentation could vary greatly. Factors that affect chin implant cost will be the experience/expertise of the doctor performing the surgery (more experience doctors charge more), the location of his office (all plastic surgery prices are higher in affluent areas such as Beverly Hills), and the difficulty of the procedure. However, whenever comparing any plastic surgery costs, always remember that this should not be your main concern – finding a quality doctor who can provide you will excellent results should be. Always put most of your efforts towards researching both the procedure you are getting done as well as the doctor who will performing it.