Chin Implants

Chin Implant is a common procedure which brings balance to the facial structure by way of correcting a weak chin due to congenital deficiency, age-related bone resorption or facial trauma. This procedure can be as simple as injecting a temporary soft tissue augmentation filler to implanting a silicone or Porex chin implant, to having a genioplasty.

This operation is often performed at the time of rhinoplasty to help to balance the facial proportions. It may be combined with facelift, liposuction or other facial implants as well. It may be performed under local anesthesia with light sedation, local anesthesia and deep sedation, or general anesthesia.

During Chin Implant surgery, an incision is made inside the lower lip, or under the chin. An implant of the desired size and shape is then placed inside the chin. If the incision is inside the mouth, it is closed with sutures (stitches) that later dissolve. If the incision is under the chin, removable sutures are used. At the end of the surgery, the chin is often taped to minimize swelling.

The chin implant surgery usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes. Some swelling and perhaps bruising can occur, but this will be helped by an application of tape or other material. This tape is removed after a week from the surgery. Pain and discomfort last for several days following the procedure, but this can be eased by an oral pain medication. Some facial movements such as talking and smiling may be difficult for several days following the surgery. It is important that you follow all of your doctor's instructions to minimize risks, and help speed your recovery.

If sutures (stitches) are used, they will be removed within a week of the surgery. And, you can return to work after a week following the surgery. At first, you should avoid strenuous activities, but exercise can be resumed in about two weeks. If incisions are made inside the mouth, you may be placed on a liquid diet for several days until there is adequate healing to allow for chewing and food particles to come in contact with the stitches.

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