A Defined Facial ProfileCan Be Yours

Some people dislike their chins because they don’t project enough, or have a convex shape that makes it seem like they have no chin. Dermal fillers are a great solution to this problem, but they are temporary and require lifelong maintenance to keep results. Bone shaping and the use of implants are safe, lasting alternatives that are commonly used to create an attractive chin and jawline. 

More About Chin Shaping

The chin can be reshaped in a number of different ways, the most popular of which is with an implant or by contouring the bone and tissue surrounding the bone. Mentoplasty, also referred to as genioplasty, is a surgical procedure to change the contour of the chin to create a more pleasing facial profile. Surgery may be performed to either increase the size and/or shape of the chin (an augmentation) or to lessen the prominence and/or size of the chin (a reduction).

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What Happens During The Procedure?

For either option, a small incision is made in the mouth between your front lower teeth and the bottom of your lip. In some rare cases, an incision may also be made under the chin. Your surgeon is able to expertly contour the bone and tissue to give you an attractive and balanced chin. Your TSC surgeon also manipulates the surrounding dense and fibrous tissue into the desired position. In some situations, a sliding genioplasty may be performed. This is when a small piece of the jaw is moved forward. The results can be dramatic!

A chin implant can be performed right in the office. Working through the mouth, a small pocket is created to house the implant, and then a few dissolving stitches are placed. Implants are typically made of medical-grade silicone and are completely safe. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be custom-made if standard implants are not a fit. Implants look and feel natural, and can be placed in just the right way to add projection. After placement, a few stitches are used to close the incision and permanently conceal the implant. 

Recovery From Chin Augmentation

After surgery, the chin may be swollen and tender for one to two weeks. Some bruising in the area is also common. A mouthwash is used after surgery to keep the incision clean, and antibiotics are prescribed to avoid infection.

While you can go home shortly after the procedure, it’s best to plan on resting for the first few days. Most people feel ready to return to a regular routine in about 5 or 6 days. All strenuous activity, such as exercise, should be avoided for four weeks following the procedure. Intense exercise like running, yoga, aerobics, and weightlifting may be resumed after 6 weeks.

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Bring Balance To Your Face

Chin augmentations are a great way to achieve facial balance, beauty, and even a nicer neck. To learn how the expert team at The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts, can help you craft your ideal face, call us today to schedule a consultation. Many patients say their only regret is not pursuing the procedure sooner!

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