Chin Implantation (Genioplasty)
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Chin implantation/augmentation changes the appearance of the face by increasing the prominence of the jawline.
This procedure can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a Face Lift, Nose Surgery or lip reshaping. The result of a chin implantation is a stronger, more prominent jaw.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for chin implants?
Individuals seeking a chin implantation procedure must be healthy and have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve. Good candidates for chin implantation/augmentation are men or women with a weak chin, especially in profile.
What does a chin implantation involve?
During a chin implantation procedure, a discreet incision is made underneath the jaw. Your surgeon will place the selected implant directly against the bone on the jaw.
Procedures are done under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Various monitors ensure that your heart, blood pressure, pulse and oxygen circulation are regulated. You will be watched closely immediately following surgery and released within several hours.
What should I do in the time leading up to my chin implantation surgery?
Your doctor will give you instructions before your chin implantation surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking and taking or avoiding certain medications and vitamins. Avoid smoking or tobacco use four to six weeks before surgery and aspirin 14 days before and after your procedure.
You will also want to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for at least one night.
What should I expect following chin implantation surgery?
Your surgeon may also loosely wrap your head in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling. You will find discomfort to be minimal immediately following surgery. You will be able to return to work in about five to seven days and may resume strenuous activity after two or more weeks. Bruising will subside within seven to 10 days.
Risks associated with chin implantation procedures include injury to nerves that control facial muscles or feeling, infection, bleeding, excessive scarring and asymmetry.