How Do Chin Implants Help to Provide Facial Proportion?
Chin implants involve a surgical procedure in which the doctor uses an implant to augment the patient’s chin. It is done to correct a weak or receding chin, and it can help to make the patient’s face look more balanced and proportionate.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
There are many different types of chin implants, but they are typically made of a rubbery, flexible and soft material that can pass through a small incision. The materials used in the implants do not cause the body to reject them.
The patient will first be given some type of anesthesia. The surgeon will then insert the implant through a small incision. They may use one of several different methods to secure the implant. The procedure usually takes only about 30 to 45 minutes.
What is the Recovery Like?
Since the patient was given anesthesia, they may need somebody to drive them home after the procedure. Because of the anesthesia, the patient will probably not feel much discomfort immediately after the surgery. Even after the anesthesia fades, the patient should experience only mild discomfort. If the discomfort is more than expected, the surgeon can recommend over-the-counter medications. The patient will typically want to use such medications for only a few days, if they want them at all.
The surgeon may suggest that the patient keep their head elevated after the procedure. The patient should be able to return to work in about a week. Until then, they should stick to light activities.
Who Gets Chin Implants?
Chin implants can be done on both men and women. The ideal candidate will have healthy teeth and a jaw that works properly. Patients who take any kind of medication, be it prescription, over-the-counter or supplements, should be honest with our medical professionals about what they are taking.
Our doctor may want the patient to stop taking the medicine at some point before the surgery. Similarly, smokers should stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery. However, people who are in overall good health are usually good candidates for chin implants.
Learn More About Chin Implants
If you feel that you have a disproportionate profile as a result of your receding chin, then you will benefit from learning more about chin implants. We encourage you to visit the Colton Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Novi to find out how chin implant surgery can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.