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CANDIDATES FOR CHIN AUGMENTATION
Patients whose chin profiles are weak but have normally functioning jaws are candidates for chin Augmentation or chin implants. Many of these candidates have used injectable fillers in the past to strengthen the protrusion of their chins, but are looking for a permanent solution. If you are one of these patients, then you are a likely candidate for chin augmentation.
CHIN AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION
Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure typically done in the plastic surgeon’s office or in a surgery center. It is usually done under local anesthesia with oral sedation or intravenous sedation, but can be done under general anesthesia if requested.
The augmentation is performed with a sterile, biologically inert implant (such as silicone or Medpor) which is placed over the bone of the lower jaw so it feels like your real chin and not like a separate implant.
Chin implants are secured by placement inside a well-fitted pocket and anchoring it to surrounding tissue so it doesn’t move. The incision is then closed, and in 30 to 45 minutes the facial enhancement procedure is done, unless the patient has requested other procedures as well. Chin augmentation is commonly done in the same surgical session as other facial procedures such as the LiteLift®, neck lift, playsmaplastyor rhinoplasty.
Chin augmentation most often is used to restore balance to the face due to a weak chin (under-projecting in profile). This disproportion of facial structure-having a small chin-tends to make the nose look larger and results in a poor jaw/neckline. As it doesn’t support the neck skin, often it causes skin to hang down from the upper neck and can lead eventually to a “turkey waddle” deformity. Chin implants can also create a wider, stronger chin. They can also be used to lengthen the face slightly.
A wide range of chin implants are available, depending on the patient’s needs and goals. These implants vary in their dimensions and are made of different materials. The proper selection of the correct size and type of implant by your plastic surgeon is critical for you to achieve the look you want.