Despite the old adage “beauty is only skin deep”, the bony structure beneath plays an important role in determining one’s appearance. This is particularly true for the chin. Proper chin projection, symmetry, and proportion are integral to overall facial harmony. A chin that is too small can make the nose appear larger than it is, may project an attitude of indecision or submissiveness, and may contribute to sagging of the front part of the upper neck (often referred to as a double chin). Placement of a chin implant, known as chin augmentation (mentoplasty), is a safe, permanent method of correcting a receding chin providing a stronger, better-defined profile.
How is the procedure performed?
A chin implant is usually placed through a small incision just beneath the chin. A pocket is created to receive the implant, which is then slipped into place and secured to the underlying jawbone. The skin incision is then closed with several tiny absorbable tacks. This outpatient procedure takes 30-60 minutes and is typically performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation.
What about recovery?
Following chin augmentation, you will experience some discomfort and swelling for several days. Mild discomfort is usually easily controlled with medication. Keeping your head elevated and applying cold compresses for a day or two will keep swelling to a minimum. Absorbable tacks are removed in 5-7 days and the small scar fades over several months. In most cases, the scar is camouflaged in a natural skin fold and is relatively inconspicuous. Most people can return to work after a long weekend.
Are implants safe?
Chin augmentation has proven to be a relatively simple, safe, and predictable cosmetic procedure. To date, millions of implants made from solid silicone or Porex® have been safely implanted without an allergic reaction. These implants come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes and can be custom-trimmed for a more natural fit.
How can liposculpture help?
Many people with a receding chin also have an accumulation of fat below it resulting in a”double chin” appearance. At the time of chin augmentation, liposculpture can be performed to remove excess fat from under the chin and from the neck to better define the jawline and give a more balanced profile. Liposculpture can often be performed through the same incision and only adds a few minutes to the length of the procedure, making it an ideal companion to chin implant surgery.