Chin Surgery – Chin Implants
Chin surgery or Chin Implants, also known as mentoplasty, is designed to reshape the chin. It is performed to either enhance the chin with an implant, or reduce its size with surgery on the bone.
Surgery to the chin bone is used to enlarge the area instead of using an implant. Sometimes, a Specialist will recommend chin surgery to a patient having nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimise the perceived size of the nose.
Why Chin Implants?
- Chin Surgery – enhance facial contour and providing a balance to facial features.
- If Chin is too small, Chin implant can enhance the size and shape of the Chin.
- If Chin is too large, surgery is done on the bone to reshape and resize the Chin.
Chin surgery is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.
Before you decide on chin surgery, there are some important issues to keep in mind:
- Some chin implants are made from silicone. While currently there is no clear scientific evidence that silicone is a harmful substance, concerns have been raised about the safety of silicone implants
- Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing cosmetic surgery, you should quit smoking
Chin surgery may not be a good option for you if you are:
- Not able to have an anaesthetic
- Prone to bleeding tendencies or have poor healing ability
- Too high risk of having surgical complications
Chin surgery may be a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and you do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- You have realistic expectations of what chin surgery can accomplish
- You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking
Although Chin implant surgery, traditionally involved making cuts into the jaw (mentoplasty) and resetting of the position of the jaw (sliding genioplasty). This involved significant surgerical morbidity and with realignment of the jaw there was a longer recovery time, risk of cross bite and nerve injury.
Chin implants provide a very safe way of avoiding mentoplasty or sliding genioplasty, while restoring natural facial proportions. In women, chin implants restore facial proportion and natural beauty. In men, having a well formed chin is a key feature of optimum male facial aesthetics.
Chin augmentation using chin implants is a procedure that Go Cosmetic Clinics is renowned for. You may be an ideal patient if you have a small chin or if the lower portion of the jaw bone lies behind the lips. Chin implants are frequently needed to give a more natural result with rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will be able to show how the chin implants will look on a 3D reconstruction when implanted into the submental region.
Arrange for a relative or friend to drive you home after the surgery. Someone should also stay with you for at least the first day after the operation and preferably for a few days.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, notify your surgeon immediate:
- Temperature higher than 38°C or chills
- Heavy bleeding from the incisions
- Worsening redness around the incision sites
- Increasing pain or tenderness, or other problems that appear to be worsening
After surgery, you may have some pain and discomfort, particularly around the incisions. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will prescribe pain medication as required.
In some cases, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
Some bruising and swelling is normal, and may take up to a few weeks to disappear. Sleeping with your head elevated will help to reduce the swelling.
Depending on the extent of your procedure, you may need to take a few weeks off work to rest. Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming and strenuous sports until advised by your surgeon.
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on post-operative care. These instructions may include:
- How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site(s) or in your general health
- When to follow-up with your surgeon
Be sure to ask your surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period, such as:
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? If so, when will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When will they be removed?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
Feel free to have a free consultation by fixing an appointment with one of our expertise Surgeon.