You may have a chin that is just too small for your face. When one has a lack of chin projection, the face is weakened. It can also make your nose look longer and larger than it really is. For this reason, many patients will seek surgery to improve the appearance of their chin. This is accomplished by inserting a small synthetic implant over your natural chin bone. The operation can also greatly enhance the results of a face lift, since loss of chin projection may occur with aging. Chin augmentation is also commonly combined with facial liposuction, where fat is removed from under your chin and neck.
A small incision is made either underneath your chin or inside your mouth. A sterile implant, similar to the consistency of a normal chin, is placed in front of the bone to increase the projection of your chin. The implant is secured and the incision is sutured closed.
Some swelling and bruising can be expected and usually subsides within the first two weeks. Tape or elastic dressing may be recommended for a period of time. Mild discomfort is usually easily controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon.
After healing, the skin drapes smoothly over your implant. The implant itself conforms to the bone and is usually undetectable. The added projection of your chin results in significant improvement which is especially apparent in profile view.