Fixing a Weak Chin

Published on January 23, 2019

A well-defined jawline is a feature that most people desire. If you have a weak or receding chin, you may feel like it does not give you an attractive appearance. This can make you feel self-conscious.

If you want to correct the appearance of your chin, you may be interested in a chin augmentation. This procedure involves the use of an implant in the area.

What Is a Chin Implant?

A chin implant is an effective way to fix a weak chin and balance your facial appearance. Chin implants are made of biocompatible substances like silicone, Gore-Tex, and Medpor that are personalized and shaped specifically for each individual case.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Chin Implant?

Before making a decision regarding chin augmentation, it is necessary to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for a chin implant.

The ideal candidate for a chin implant is someone who is in a healthy physical and mental state without any underlying health issues like hypertension or cardiac problems. Candidates should be non-smokers or should be willing to quit for weeks before and after the procedure to ensure proper healing and recovery.

Ideal candidates are people who are embarrassed by their weak chin and feel that it is affecting their confidence. The procedure improves the shape and contours of the neck and jawline.

What Happens During a Chin-Augmentation Surgery?

Chin-augmentation surgery takes about 45 to 90 minutes to complete. Your plastic surgeon will administer general anesthesia before starting the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, you will be comfortable and unconscious for the duration of the surgery.

Your plastic surgeon will proceed to create an incision under the chin or inside the mouth. A pocket will be made in the tissues in order to create space for the implant.

The chin implant will then be carefully placed into the pocket. Your plastic surgeon will determine the best angle to fit your facial structure and then adjust the implant accordingly. After the adjustments, the chin implant will be stitched in place. The incision will be closed with the help of medical sutures and dressed accordingly.

Post-Surgical Care

During your chin-augmentation consultation, your plastic surgeon will give you a list of post-surgical care instructions. It will be vital that you follow these directions as closely as possible in order to avoid complications and enjoy a shorter and more comfortable healing process.

If the incision was made inside the mouth, the sutures will dissolve in time. If the incision was made below the chin, the sutures will be removed within ten days as part of a follow-up appointment.

There will be a degree of swelling and bruising in the incision area after the procedure. These issues will ameliorate over time, and cold compresses will be helpful in reducing them. It typically takes around five to seven days to heal enough to return to work.

Learning the Details of the Procedure

With the help of board-certified plastic surgeons Doctors Matthew Romans and Jeremy Silk, you can learn more about the procedure and get the more attractive chin you deserve. Contact our office to set up an appointment for your consultation.