Individuals who are looking to improve the appearance of either a receding or overly prominent chin may be good candidates for chin augmentation. As with all types of cosmetic surgery, patients should also have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure and be in good health. Chin augmentation is often recommended as an adjunct to rhinoplasty because a more prominent chin can help to balance out the appearance of the nose. During your consultation, Dr. Donath will help you to decide on the type of surgery that best addresses your needs.
Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia may be used for the chin augmentation surgery. Dr. Donath will begin by making an incision just under the chin within a natural crease or on the inside of the mouth where the lower lip and gum meet. To build up a receding chin with an implant, the tissues are stretched and the implant is inserted over the front of the jawbone. The incisions are then sutured closed. The chin may also be built up by moving the bone forward. To reduce an overly prominent chin, the bone is sculpted to the desired size. Chin augmentation typically takes thirty minutes to an hour to complete, though more extensive procedure can take several hours.
Any dressings applied to the chin after surgery are usually removed within two to three days. Some tenderness or discomfort may occur and can be controlled with prescription medication. Patients may need to follow a liquid or soft food diet for the first few days as chewing may be limited. Swelling and bruising may occur with the majority of swelling fading within six weeks. Stitches may be removed within five to seven days. Incisions made on the inside of the mouth will leave no visible scarring while those made on the underside of the chin will result in a small, well-concealed scar that will further fade with time. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within about ten days, though rigorous activities may be prohibited for several weeks.