Cheek and Chin Augmentation

Cheek and Chin Augmentation

If you feel your chin or jaw line is either too small or big or is not prominent and looks out of place in your face, then Chin Augmentation/Mentoplasty, or Chin Reduction/Genioplasty, are the procedures which can help to bring balance to your face, correct the contours of your jaw line, and help boost your self-esteem and confidence.

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Benefits of Chin Surgery

Individuals with the following issues of receding chin, weak jaw line, facial imbalance or asymmetry, malformation of the lower part of the face, and lost volume due to aging on the lower part of the face can benefit from Chin Surgery. Chin implant surgery not only restores balance and symmetry to your facial profile but also raises your self confidence and positive body image.

Chin Augmentation surgery requires the surgical placement of an implant in front of the chin to make the chin more conspicuous, thus improving a receding or weak chin and attaining facial balance.If you want better balance and symmetry to your lower face, Jaw implants are another option that help restore by fine-tuning the angles leading to the chin. Depending on requirement they can create a stronger jawline or provide a more subtlecontouring effect. The added benefit of this is that the neck skin becomes tighter and stretched out due to added implant volume, thus correcting a saggy neckline.

Types of Chin/Jaw Implants

There are two common materials for chin and jaw implants: smooth silicone and porous polyethylene.

Silicone implants:

Because they are smooth, yet firm, give the chin or jaw a very normal feel. Over time, the surrounding fat and blood vessels grow around the implant forming a thick supportive layer, so it is kept in place.

Porex-Polyethylene implants:

are made up of porex material which has small, microscopic tunnels in it, which allow the growth of surrounding blood vessels and soft tissue into the implant holding it in place. The implants come in various shapes and sizes to custom fit the unique needs of each patient.

CHIN REDUCTION

If you have an overly pronounced or jutting chin, Chin Reduction surgery can restore your facial balance by reshaping the chin and/or mandible through the gentle shaving of the jaw bone.

The overall goal of Chin Surgery is to provide balance to your facial features giving your chin the most suitable projection and shape. The proportions of the lower, mid, and upper face are taken in to consideration to create the optimum balance.

The First Consultation

A Consultation with Dr. Biraj Naithani is the first step in learning how a chin surgery can improve the contours of your face and get you close to your goals. You will be informed in detail about which is the most suitable procedure keeping your aesthetic goals in mind,its pros cons, your recovery and the likely expected outcome. You should honestly share your expectation, fully disclose your health history, current medications, allergies and the use of drugs and smoking.

General Guidelines prior to Chin Augmentation
Prior to your chin surgery you will be advised to follow certain instructions.

  • Detailed face and chin measurements
  • Pre-Operative Photographs for medical record keeping
  • Obtain laboratory testing or a medical evaluation
  • Pre-operative Anaesthetic assessment for fitness for surgery
  • Sign an informed Consent form
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they increase risk of bleeding.

Your Chin Surgery Procedure

Chin Surgery is to be performed in a hospital under general anaesthesia. The procedure usually lasts for about 1 to 1 ½ hours depending on how complicated the surgery is. For Chin and Jaw Augmentation, the incisions are concealed and are placed inside the mucosa of the mouth in the lower gum of the lip. Once implant is positioned the incision is closed with absorbable stitches. For Chin or Jaw Reduction surgery, the bone is shaved down with the incision placed underneath the chin so it’s minimally visible.However this can be done from inside the mouth as well. After the surgery, you will be needing to wear a fitted chin support garment or strap to reduce movement and help control your swelling.

Your Recovery

Chin Surgery recovery is quite quick, typically in a week. There maybe bruising, altered sensation around the lower part of the face, post the surgery. This can last a few weeks to resolve anddiminished sensation may take 6 to 12 weeks to come back. There is very minimal chance of infection and therefore a regime of antibiotics and pain medication is imperative in the post op. In the rare event of hematoma formation, it may require surgical drainage.After surgery, you will need to wear your facial garment continuously for a week and then as much as possible for the following 2-3 weeks. It is inadvisable to actively animate the face or talk may be difficult immediately following surgery.

Your mouth and jaw may be sore for up to 3 days, and you may experience moderate pain and/or discomfort for 3 to 5 days for which Dr. Salama can prescribe pain medication. You should follow a soft diet of yogurt, bananas, smoothies, and such for 7 days and use a mouth rinse that’s antibacterial after each meal to help facilitate your recovery. Generally, patients can return to work after two days of surgery. After a week, you can return to your normal daily activities, with the exception of strenuous exercise or sports which need to be avoided for 6 weeks.

Your incisions should heal well in 5 to 7 days, and sutures should dissolve within 1 to 2 weeks. Swelling is to be expected for 2-3 weeks.

Final results are evident between 6 to 12 weeks. While final results are permanent, the natural process of aging and gravity are bound to impact your results over the years.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to schedule a breast lift consultation, please contact online or by phone today. Dr. Biraj will be happy to answer your questions and talk with you about all aspects of the procedure

Common Questions

A fundamental part of surgery is the need for an incision: In Chin surgery the incision is given from inside the mouth in the lower lip, therefore the sacrs are well camouflaged and invisible. In most patients the scar heals well, and cannot be felt after a few weeks to months.

Rarely you may experience less sensation in the chin area post the surgery. This is usually temporary and may take weeks or a few months before sensation returns to normal.

Most patients have mild discomfort, and many don’t even require pain medication. Patients are up and about the next day and have a rapid recovery with the exception of strenuous activity, vigorous exercise, or lifting over 10 lbs. These activities need to avoided for three weeks following surgery to minimize any risk of bleeding.

Patients can shower the next day, and exercises can be resumed 2-3 weeks after surgery. Most patients can join back work in a weeks timedepending on their recovery.

Risks and Potential Complications

Possible complications include bleeding and collection of blood under the skin (hematoma), fluid accumulation(seroma), infection or poor healing at the incision site. These risks are common to many operations and can be dealt with easily. Blood clots in the deep veins of the leg is a problem associated with lying still for too long for which adequate prophylaxis is taken prior to surgery. Rarely pulmonary and Fat embolism are risks associated with any major prolonged surgery. Any surgery carries risks associated with anaesthesia. These risks will be fully discussed with you prior to your consent for surgery. It is important that you understand these aspects of your surgery and that you seek clarification from your surgeon.

During the Operation: Reactions to Drugs, Bleeding
Later: Painful Scars, Abnormal Scars, Persistent Lower Abdomen Numbness and Swelling and Umbilical Deformity