It’s all about balance. Facial symmetry is a hallmark of beauty that may be oh-so-subtle but can really spell the difference. A weak chin will certainly put one’s face out of balance. It can make your nose look big and your neck look fleshy.
What is Chin Augmentation?
Also known as mentoplasty, chin augmentation is the use of synthetic or biological substances to augment or enhance the mentum or chin. It balances the face and makes the profile more prominent. It can be performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty ornose surgery or mandibular or jaw surgery and malar or cheek augmentation to further balance the face.
Who are candidates for chin augmentation?
An ideal candidate for a chin augmentation surgery can be any individual who has the following characteristics:
- Has a “weak” chin or a “receding” chin and has realistic expectations of the outcome.
- Is physically and emotionally healthy, with no co-existing medical condition especially bone disorders.
- Someone who is not on oral isotretinoin (Accutane) for the last 6 months since it causes excessive facial bone growth and keloid-like effects on the scar.
What are the benefits of chin augmentation?
Following are some of the benefits of a chin augmentation surgery:
- A strong chin often suggests a strong personality and gives the face character.
- It provides balance to the face especially in people with prominent noses.
- It is less noticeable than rhinoplasty, improving the face subtly.
- Indirect effects include a better self-image that promotes self-confidence.
How is chin augmentation performed?
There are three methods to perform chin augmentation: sliding genioplasty, implants (usually silicone), and injections.
Sliding genioplasty: It is a complicated procedure and involves removing a wedge of bone from the patient’s chinbone, advancing it forward and securing it with screws or wire.
Implantation: It is the most common method used. In this method a silicone implant is inserted under the skin and flushed against the chin bone.
Injections: It involves tissue fillers being injected into the chin area.
The easiest to perform is the injection method but it is temporary and needs touch-ups every 7-12 months; implantation is both relatively easy and permanent.
What are the risks of chin augmentation?
The various risk involved with chin augmentation surgery are:
- Shifting implants: the implants can slide around out of its proper place if not anchored well.
- Asymmetry can be caused by unequal tissue build-up around the implant.
- Capsular contracture: the connective tissue capsule that forms around the implant as part of the natural healing process can contract and squeez the implant resulting in asymmetry and pain.
- Scarring is also one of the risk factor.
- Changes in sensation: numbness or pain affecting the lower lip and lower teeth can occur as an effect of nerve damage during the procedure.
- Infection is another risk as in any surgical procedure.
What to expect after chin augmentation?
Pain after the anaesthetic wears off gradually and this can be managed by oral pain relievers. Some degree of swelling and bruising also occurs which gradually disappears within a week and can be limited by applying cold compresses on the affected area.
A liquid or soft diet is advised in the first few days since chewing may be difficult. Depending on the sutures used, a follow-up for suture removal may be scheduled after 5-7 days. A prophylactic antibiotic regimen may be prescribed to prevent infections. Limitations in vigorous activity will ensure proper healing and fewer complications.
The full effect chin augmentation surgery will be appreciated at about 6 weeks after the chin augmentation procedure when all the swelling and bruising has gone down and wound healing has been established.
Far more information here : Dr Morris Ritz