Chin augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that creates a strong chin to bring greater balance to facial features. As we age, the chin tends to recede, making the face look out of proportion and giving less definition to the jawline. A better-structured chin can make a dramatic difference to the profile of the face and is often conducted in conjunction with a comprehensive facial plastic surgery plan to rejuvenate the face. A chin implant can produce subtle but very definite cosmetic improvements and with either permanent or temporary results.
Am I a Candidate Chin Implant?
A suitable candidate for a chin augmentation procedure is someone with a receding or sagging jawline. A chin implant can remove excess fat from the chin, restore lost volume and create a more pleasing profile. Chin reductions can also be performed by surgeons to reduce the bone to make the chin less prominent.
Before Chin Implant Surgery
Prior to your procedure, have a detailed consultation with a reputable cosmetic surgeon. Chin implants are often conducted in conjunction with a comprehensive facial plastic surgery plan to rejuvenate the face, so the chances are you may need more than one procedure to achieve the desired result.
During Surgery – During a chin implant procedure, incisions are usually made inside the mouth on either side of the lower lip. The cosmetic surgeon will create a pocket into which the lower-jaw implant can be placed. Cuts under the skin are closed with dissolving stitches, and incisions on the outside of the skin are usually stitched with removable stitches. The whole procedure should take less than two hours.
Recovery – You will usually require up to a week of recovery time following a chin implant procedure.
Benefits of Chin Implants
Facial contouring of the chin reduces the appearance of jowls and sagging skin around the chin, giving a more youthful profile to the face.
Types of Chin Implants
There are many variations on a chin implant procedure, and a variety of implant materials that can be used – from synthetic silicone, rigid polyethylene that need to be screwed into place and a synthetic material called ePTFE, which is a white “rubbery” material moulded for medical use. A skilled cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise which one is right for you.
Risks and Complications – It is normal to experience some discomfort and difficulty moving your mouth for several days following chin implant surgery. Most swelling and bruising will improve within a week, although you may feel a degree of numbness for several weeks. Rare potential side effects include infection, a reaction to the anaesthesia, or a collection of blood underneath the skin which may need to be removed with a syringe.
Chin Implants Cost – Prices for chin implants can be in the £1500-£3000 range depending upon the type of implant used.
Choosing a Chin Implant Surgeon in the UK
Careful discussion of your expectations, the appropriate type of implant, and choosing a skilled chin implant surgeon are all important factors to consider before going ahead with a facial implant.