How Is Chin Augmentation Performed?

Chin augmentation is an outpatient facial enhancement procedure that is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about an hour to complete, but it could take longer depending on the technique used.

A common technique for this procedure involves the use of an implant that is inserted through an incision made under the chin or inside the mouth. The implant is then placed directly over the bone along the lower jaw. A pocket might be constructed to hold it, which may involve shaving the jawbone to help fit the implant in place. Surgical sutures will be used to attach the implant to the chin bone. Immediately after surgery, medical tape or a compression dressing will be applied to help protect the implant while the jaw recovers.

Chin Augmentation vs. Liposuction

Chin implants are designed to offer patients a sharper, stronger look to their jawline. Those who have a “double chin” may be better candidates for a liposuction procedure where the fat within the chin and neck is removed. Sometimes this technique alone can create a new profile and look without needing to have an implant procedure. In other cases, genioplasty can be done in combination with neck liposuction and chin implants.

What Does Recovery from Chin Augmentation Entail?

Recovery from chin augmentation usually takes about four to six weeks. During this time, the swelling, discomfort, and numbness that occurs in the chin and lower lip should gradually improve. Most patients are pleased with their results and feel that they have a stronger, more defined profile following the surgery.

It is very normal to feel numbness and a change in skin sensation following chin augmentation surgery. As the implant gets used to its new habitat, nearby tissue and jawline structures will also get used to having it there. Several weeks after surgery, this heightened sensation should begin to subside and, over time, normal sensitivity should gradually reappear. It may take up to a full year for patients to regain full sensitivity.

Does Chin Augmentation Cause Scarring?

Scarring is generally very minimal with chin augmentation surgery because the incision is placed either on the inside of the mouth, where it is completely hidden, or under or below the chin hidden in the chin crease. Even an incision done under the chin should be mostly concealed or hard to see during social situations.

To learn more about this versatile procedure, we invite you to contact Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta.

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