Chin Implants or Chin Augmentation

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Chin Implants- aka chin augmentation, chin reshaping


What is it?


Chin implants or chin augmentations refer to the insertion of a material into the chin for the purposes of changing the patient’s overall facial appearance. Implants of all kinds are used to enhance or change the shape of a patient’s face. Chin implants are also used for reconstructive reasons in the event of facial trauma.


The Operation


The actual chin implant operation occurs under anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision in the location in which the implant will be placed. Normally this implant is made inside the mouth where the gums and lips meet. There will be a pocket created in the facial tissue where the implant will be inserted. In some cases the implant will be attached to the facial surface, while others it is simply inserted into the created pocket space. The entire chin implant surgery takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour in length. While in many cases the desired shape and size of the chin implant was discussed prior to the surgery, it is not until the surgery is being completed that the surgeon will determine the best choice for facial symmetry. Once the implant has been successfully secured, the incision will be closed and then often bandages will be used around the face and head to reduce swelling.


Alternatives to Surgery


There are not any alternatives to surgery for those individuals seeking to alter their facial structure and appearance other than learning to be satisfied with the overall physical appearance. There are many cases however, that individuals will require a chin implant for reconstructive reasons.


Before the Operation


After making the decision to go through the surgery, the patient will need to select with their surgeon the type of implant that they would like to have implanted. There are several choices to select from, including:


  • Silastic- This is a solid and flexible plastic.
  • Hydroxyapatite- This implant is made of ceramic.
  • Polyethylene- This implant is made out of plastic, that resembles a sea coral.
  • Gore-Tex- This implant is the material that is made into common raincoats.
  • Cadaver Bone- This implant is made from bone harvested from human donors.


The surgeon will give specific instructions as to what is to be done prior to the surgery to ensure that things go smoothly. It is imperative that the instructions be followed. The instructions often include lab work prior to the surgery to ensure that there are not any medical concerns. Also, there will be instructions as to when food and water should be restricted the day before surgery.


After the Operation- In the Hospital


The period of time following the surgery in the hospital is for recovery and to wake up from the anesthesia given. There are specific requirements that each medical facility and physician will have regarding when the patient is allowed to leave the hospital to go home. It will be imperative that there is a driver to take the patient home following surgery.


After the Operation- At Home


It is during the time that the patient is at home that the recovery will occur. The patient will experience discomfort and often swelling for several days and even weeks following the surgery. Some patients will experience some discomfort while trying to talk or smile for the first week or two. It is also common for there to be some swelling around the surgical site and even throughout the patient’s face. There will be specific instructions given to the patient by the surgeon with regards to activity, food and overall oral activity following the surgery. It is also generally advised that it will take some time for the full effects of the implant to be seen visually.


Possible Complications


There are a number of possible complications to chin implant surgery. While they may not be experienced, they are important to take into consideration when making the decision to have this elective surgery and include:


Hematoma or seroma
Sensory changes
Implant displacement
Bone erosion
Detection of the implant through your skin
Extrusion of implant
Need for further surgery
Witch’s chin
Button chin



General Advice


It is advised to seek out a plastic surgeon for chin implants that has the experience and education to ensure that the surgery and overall experience are positive. It is advised to speak with several surgeons prior to making a selection. It is also important to consider the overall risks and implications of choosing to have an elective surgery.


Estimated Costs for Chin Implants

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