Chin augmentation is also known as chin implant surgery. The operation involves inserting an artificial implant so as to balance the overall shape of the face for people with a “weak chin”.
The procedure is typically carried out under a general anaesthetic, although local anaesthetic with sedation may occasionally be used.
The implants are inserted either through the mouth where the upper lip joins the gum (in which case there will be no external scarring), or through an incision made under the chin, with a pocket being created between the soft tissues of the chin and the prominence of the jawbone.
An Implant of appropriate size and shape is inserted, and the incision closed. If necessary, a small metal screw will also be inserted to hold the implant in position.
The procedure takes up to 1 hour to perform.
Most procedures are undertaken as day cases with no requirement for an overnight hospital stay.
The chin may be strapped for several days. Any external sutures will be removed after 5-7 days.
A return to normal exercise can be made typically after approximately 2 weeks.
Most people return to work after 1 week.
Expect some bruising and discomfort for a few days. The face may feel somewhat peculiar and tight, with some restriction of movement for a few weeks.
Risks & Complications
Cosmetic surgery is amongst the safest of medical procedures. However, patients must understand and accept that no surgical procedure is totally without risk.
Cosmetic surgery is amongst the very safest of medical procedures. However, all patients must understand and accept that no surgical procedure is absolutely free from risk.
For information concerning the risks and complications associated with Chin Augmentation, please refer to Risks and Complications of Chin Augmentation.
At Consultation, your surgeon will discuss these risks with you.