The term “weak” chin has nothing to do with the actual strength of the protrusion at the bottom of the face. Instead, it refers to a flattened or undefined chin line that can seem out of harmony with the face. This condition can often be improved through chin augmentation.
Is Chin Augmentation Right for You?
Patients who are unhappy with the balance of their face and feel that their chin does not provide symmetry or the profile they desire may be good candidates for chin augmentation. Ideal patients are healthy adults who do not smoke, have a positive outlook and possess a reasonable expectation of what can be accomplished through the procedure.
The Chin Augmentation Procedure
Chin augmentation may involve inserting implants to reduce sagging skin and produce a more prominent chin-line. An incision is made in the mouth and an implant is inserted to achieve the desired results. In some cases, the jawbone may be manipulated to produce a more dramatic effect. The area can also be reshaped with fillers such as fat or Sculptra™.
Though a common and safe procedure, chin augmentation is surgery and comes with surgical risks. Those risks include swelling, scarring, blood pooling, pain, numbness, infection, implant shifting and bone changes. In addition, patients should be aware of possible reactions to anesthesia as well as allergic reactions to medication or implant materials.
The procedure can last from thirty minutes to two hours depending on the amount of work to be performed. Patients can resume light duties within a few days and discomfort and swelling should subside within two weeks, allowing the patient to resume normal activities. The chin should remain protected for some time.
A follow-up visit will be needed to evaluate results and monitor healing. Your follow-up appointment will be scheduled at the time of your surgery.