Chin Implant for Men
In men especially, a retrusive chin can dramatically affect overall facial harmony. In patients with normal well-aligned teeth and a retrusive chin, a chin implant can restore facial harmony for a dramatic improvement in appearance. Occasionally the issue is not the chin but alignment of teeth, so it is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon during the consultation. Other procedures frequently performed in conjunction with a chin implant include rhinoplasty, neck liposuction and/or neck lifting.
A chin implant is sometimes performed as a stand-alone procedure as well. Computer imaging may be used during your consultation to show you the power of placing a chin implant during your cosmetic surgery procedure. Chin implants are made of solid silicone and are softer than bone but once in place, very much mimic native chin tissues. Other types of chin procedures performed include chin reduction, chin sculpting, or correction of chin asymmetry.
Chin Implant Procedure
A chin implant can be placed through a small incision under the chin, or sometimes though a small incision inside the mouth. Your surgeon will discuss the benefits of one versus the other during your consultation. Chin implants come in a variety of sizes and your surgeon will help you choose the one that is right for you.
Chin Implant Surgery Recovery
Chin implant patients will experience swelling and possible bruising. Occasionally the lower lip is numb for a few days to weeks, but this is temporary. Chin implants are performed on an outpatient basis and patients are asked to followup in the office the following day. Sutures are removed at one week and patients are asked to avoid any direct trauma or contact to the area until fully healed. Shaving can typically be resumed once the sutures are removed. The implant heals in place to your natural tissues and eventually feels like part of your own natural face.