Bone structure is essential to an important part of an attractive, balanced face. Chin implants can improve this underlying structure, and better balance the facial features for a dramatically more attractive look. This operation is often performed at the time of rhinoplasty to help to balance the facial proportions. It may be combined with facelift, liposuction or other facial implants as well.
Chin implants are made in various shapes and sizes. They are made out of both solid and semi-solid materials that have been used successfully for years.
Will I need to stay in a hospital ?
If you have no medical problems, and the amount of fat being removed is fairly small, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, either in your doctor’s office or in an outpatient clinic. It may be performed under local anesthesia with light sedation, local anesthesia and deep sedation, or general anesthesia. The longer the procedure is expected to take, the more likely that general anesthesia will be recommended. You may be allowed to return home within a few hours of the surgery, and spend the night in the comfort of your own home.
If you’re having other concurrent procedures, or a lengthier procedure performed under general anesthesia, it may be necessary to spend the night in the hospital so that your recovery process can be monitored by a medical staff.
How much pain is there ?
Local anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation ia generally used to ease discomfort during the surgery. Most people report no discomfort at all.
What can I expect after surgery ?
Some swelling and perhaps bruising can occur, but this will be helped by an application of tape or other material. This tape is removed about a week after the surgery is performed. Pain and discomfort last for several days following the procedure, but this can be eased by an oral pain medication. Some facial movements, such as talking and smiling, may be difficult for several days following the surgery. It is important that you follow all of your doctor’s instructions to minimize risks, and help speed your recovery.
What is the recovery period like ?
If sutures (stitches) are used, they will be removed within a week of the surgery. Most people return to work within a week following the surgery. At first, you should avoid strenuous activities, but exercise can be resumed in about two weeks. If incisions are made inside the mouth, you may be placed on a liquid diet for several days until there is adequate healing to allow for chewing and food particles to come in contact with the stitches.
What is the long-term outcome like for most people ?
The surgery has a high rate of satisfaction. The scar is generally not noticeable, and problems related to unevenness are relatively uncommon.
Other Important Information:
Sometimes chin augmentation is performed in conjunction with other procedures, particularly cheek implants, lip augmentation, and rhinoplasty.
Significant complications from chin implants are infrequent. As with any surgical procedure, however, there is always a possibility of infection, or reaction to the anesthesia.
When infection does occur it is generally treated with antibiotics, but in some cases the implant must be removed and later replaced. Another risk is improper placement. In some cases, implants shift so that a second operation is necessary for repositioning.
Pre-existing conditions can also put you at risk. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your doctor, both before and after your chin implant surgery.