A defined and strong chin is considered by many as a sign of strength and beauty. A chin implant is a safe and long lasting method to correct a receding chin, sought after by some men and women – often for very different reasons. Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that changes the contours of your face, augments a weak chin and gives an attractive look of distinction.
Another benefit that chin implants can provide is balancing out other facial features. Chin implants are often recommended for patients undergoing rhinoplasty surgery to achieve better facial balance and harmony. It is common to combine a chin implant with cheek implants for higher cheekbones.
The goal is always to achieve subtle and natural looking enhancements. Whilst we aim for balance and symmetry. However, this isn’t always possible. In this case, we aim to create the most aesthetically pleasing balance for your face. The results will vary from patient to patient. Chin implant surgery will enhance your appearance, but realistic expectations are important to achieve satisfaction.
The best candidates for a chin implant are patients with a receding or weak chin. If you have a chin that looks too small in comparison with other facial features, you would also benefit from this. For example, a chin implant can improve the neckline and make a large nose appear smaller, to help balance out the facial features. It can also improve a rounded face and neck*.
*Subject to opinion.
Facial implants have proven to provide a safe, predictable, low-risk cosmetic surgical procedure. Millions of facial implants made from non-toxic materials such as Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) & Silicone has been implanted, with no reported cases of allergic reaction. The implants, designed specifically for use in the chin come in wide shapes and sizes. The surgeon will bespoke trim them for a more natural fit.
Chin implants are made of special medical grade materials. This means that when positioned and inserted, look and feel like normal bone and so you usually cannot tell the difference. The procedure is also reversible, so you can have the implant removed if you do not like the results.
The length of the surgery is dependent on the type of anaesthesia and the technique used. Chin implant surgery or augmentation usually takes one hour. This depends on the extent of work required and if you have decided to have more than one procedure done.
The incision is normally inside the mouth, along with the crease that joins your lower lip and gum. Absorbable sutures will close the incision.
Recovery is short and many patients are able to return to work within in 5 days.
We advise patients to keep the head elevated and as still as possible for a couple of days after surgery. Healing is a gradual process. We also suggest you refrain from vigorous activity for 6 weeks to allow the site to heal. You may notice some bruising in and around your chin and neck area. This should subside in about 7-14 days after surgery. The speed of recovery and the circumstances in which you recover will vary. The sutures in your mouth will dissolve into your body.