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Can I Change the Shape of My Chin?

Many aspects of the face can be altered through cosmetic surgery, and the chin is no different. Facial implant surgery is designed to improve the proportions and contours of the face by implanting synthetic materials along the cheekbones and jawline. Most implants are made of synthetic materials such as silicone, but some can be made of natural materials harvested from the patient’s own body.

Change Chin Shape

The chin is an important part of the facial profile and strong chins can help people feel younger, healthier, and more attractive by balancing their other features. Used by both men and women, chin implants can be used to realign the structure of a patient’s face. They can affect appearance dramatically or subtly by increasing projection, camouflaging jowls, increasing chin height, improving overall facial proportions and harmony, increasing chin width, and decreasing or eliminating muscle dimpling.

Chin implants are inserted through incisions made either underneath the chin or inside the lower lip. There are benefits and disadvantages associated with both incisions, and the choice often rests with the patient.

Incisions located in the mouth leave no external scar but are slightly more difficult and carry a higher risk of infection. External incisions located under the chin offer more precise positioning and a lower risk of infection, but will leave a small external scar. Due to the unobtrusive location of this scar, it is often recommended to choose the external incision so as to avoid the risk of infection.

Benefits

  • Improved facial contour
  • Nose will appear less prominent
  • Enhanced facial definition and symmetry
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence

A chin implant procedure is often done in conjunction with a rhinoplasty to improve balance. The results of this surgery are permanent and your chin will continue to age normally along with the rest of your face.

Recovery

Patients are usually allowed to go home following surgery and are instructed to rest as much as possible. Meals should consist of soft foods – soup, eggs, oatmeal, mashed potatoes – for the first month as patients will not be able to open their mouth too wide or chew hard foods. For the first few days following the procedure, patients will be instructed to sleep in a reclining chair or using multiple pillows to keep their head elevated. This will decrease facial swelling and pain in the initial healing period. The lower lip and chin may feel numb and appear swollen and slightly stiff for up to 2 weeks, but most patients are able to return to work after only 5-7 days.

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