Cincinnati Chin Augmentation
Chin-augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that can improve the appearance of the chin and create better harmony among the facial features. The surgery can achieve a more balanced profile by building up a receding chin or by reducing an overly prominent chin. It is also possible to add definition to the chin or neckline through submental liposuction which removes excess fatty tissue.
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.
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Chin Augmentation Surgery FAQs
Chin-augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the chin’s appearance. Chin-augmentation can be used to build up a receding chin or reduce an overly prominent chin. The surgery can achieve a more balanced profile and better harmony among the facial features. Another option for augmenting the chin is submental liposuction which removes excess fat for better definition in the chin or neckline.
If you are looking to build up a receding chin or reduce an overly prominent chin and are physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, then chin augmentation may be right for you. It is not uncommon for chin-augmentation to be recommended as a complement to rhinoplasty because the chin can help to balance out the nose. Dr. Donath is happy to meet with you for a consultation to help you decide if chin-augmentation is right for you.
During the consultation for chin augmentation, Dr. Donath will meet with you to examine your chin, discuss your goals, and take a thorough medical history. Bringing in pictures of chins you find desirable can help you to convey your goals. Dr. Donath will also weigh other factors like age, skin type, and attitude toward surgery to help determine if chin augmentation is right for you. He will discuss the technique, including the anesthesia and the surgical facility, along with the risks and the costs involved. The doctor will also take the time to address any questions or concerns that you may have.
Chin-augmentation may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.
Dr. Donath begins the chin-augmentation surgery by making an incision on the inside of the lower lip or on the skin just under the chin. The chin may be built up by inserting an implant over the jawbone or by moving the bone forward. An overly prominent chin can be reduced by sculpting the bone to a more desirable shape. The incisions are then closed.
Chin-augmentation may take thirty minutes to an hour to complete. More extensive procedures may take up to several hours.
The incision for chin augmentation may be made on the inside of the lower lip where it meets the gum or within a natural skin crease on the underside of the chin.
When the chin-augmentation incision is located on the inside of the mouth where the gum and lower lip meet, there is no visible scarring. An incision made on the underside of the chin within a natural skin crease will result in a small, well-concealed scar.
Some tenderness or discomfort can be expected after chin-augmentation which can be controlled with prescription medication.
Patients may experience some discomfort and tenderness after chin-augmentation surgery which can be managed with medication. Because chewing may be limited for the first few days, a liquid or soft food diet may need to be followed. If a dressing is applied to the chin after surgery, it will be removed within about two to three days. Stitches are removed after five to seven days. Swelling and bruising are common and most of the swelling will fade within about six weeks.
Work and most other normal activities can usually be resumed within about ten days after the chin-augmentation surgery.
Stitches are usually removed or dissolve on their own after five to seven days.
If you live in the states of Ohio or Kentucky, Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery offers chin augmentation among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
Why choose Dr. Donath — Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
- Graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
- He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
- Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University.
- He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School with the Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mack Cheney.
- Has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years.
- Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma and Allergan, and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.