Enhancing Your Profile with a Chin Augmentation
A chin augmentation is a very common surgery that’s done to address a ‘weak’ appearing chin, improve the overall balance of a profile, and strengthen the jawline. A weak or small chin can make a person’s neck look undefined and heavier as well as give the face a more pouty or grumpy expression.
An attractive, well-defined chin produces a refined, clean profile while offering balance and foundation to a person’s entire face. A poorly defined chin, however, can make the nose appear much larger and also blurs the transition from the neck to the jawline, which can result in a somewhat shapeless appearance in the lower part of the face. Also, the skin’s foundation around the jawline and chin starts to recede and loosen as the jaw bone continues to age. With a chin augmentation procedure, a chin implant is surgically placed to give both the jawline and chin more definition and substance.
The Science behind a Chin Augmentation
How much chin augmentation is necessary, and, therefore, the actual size of the implant that’s used will depend on the patient’s overall bone structure, size of the nose, gender, and ethnic background. For men, a larger implant is used to produce a more prominent, chiseled jawline. For women, smaller sized implants are often used to convey a softer appearance. Chin implant placement is sometimes recommended for people getting rhinoplasty (nose surgery) since the chin’s size greatly influences the apparent size of someone’s nose in profile.
Also, a chin implant can be used to enhance the end results of a lower facelift or neck lift. Consult with board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Colton about the specific shape and size of the chin that will best suit your face and personal expectations.
What to Expect from a Chin Augmentation
Chin augmentation can be done in our Novi office. First, X-rays will be taken of your chin and face so we can best determine what area of the chin needs to be addressed. If you only require an implant to help round out your chin, expect the following:
- Your procedure may call for general anesthesia, or you may receive drugs to numb the local area as well as take some medicine that will enable you to feel very sleepy and relaxed.
- An incision is made, either outside below the chin or inside the mouth, whereby a pocket is formed in the muscles and in front of the chin bone and the implant is put inside.
- The implant is attached to the bone using screws or sutures.
- Last, the surgeon uses sutures to close the surgical incision. If the incision was made inside the mouth, there’s virtually no sign of scarring at all.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Chin Augmentation?
Anyone with a weak looking chin and getting rhinoplasty and wants to enhance the overall look of their profile may be a good candidate for a chin augmentation. Contact The Colton Center today to schedule your consultation. We’ll work with you to help you get the best possible results.