According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 18,500 chin augmentation procedures were performed by their member surgeons in 2012. People who seek this surgery want to correct the appearance of a receding or weak chin. Chin augmentation offers a permanent solution for adding prominence to the chin, and there are many benefits to the surgery, including the following:
Create a Prominent Chin for Life
Chin augmentation uses an implant to help build up a weak chin. Some people rely on non-invasive techniques like injectable fillers to add definition to the chin, but these methods are temporary. You’ll end up spending more money when the fillers begin to diminish. Chin implants are made from solid silicone. This ensures the use of a chin implant is long-lasting, eliminating the need to return to the plastic surgeon a few times a year for more injections.
Multiple Sizes Gives You Control over Your New Chin’s Shape
There are multiple sizes and shapes when it comes to facial implants, so your surgeon can select the best implant to give you your desired look. These implants are inserted in a pocket over the lower jaw bone, so the alignment is ideal for the chin you want to have.
Scarring is Minimal
Incisions for chin implants are usually made below the chin. The incision is small and in a location that few people notice. In some situations, an intra-oral incision is made within your mouth, and no one will see that scar. Your doctor discusses the preferred incision site based on the type of implant you choose.
Healing Takes Little Time
Recovering from chin augmentation is not a long process. If the incision was made within the mouth, you need to stick to soft foods for a few days. Sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling. If the incision is under the chin, stitches come out in four to seven days. Otherwise, the stitches dissolve on their own. Light activities are permissible following the surgery and most patients are able to return to work within one week or less.
Having a weak chin does affect your self-confidence. The standard for beauty goes back centuries when Renaissance artists used the golden ratio to develop portraits of men and women with balanced facial features. If your chin makes you feel self-conscious, chin augmentation can help you feel better about the way you look, and that improves self-esteem and confidence.
Find out more about how chin augmentation helps define and balance the rest of your facial features. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kabaker, a facial plastic surgeon in Oakland, California. Visit / to fill out the online form or call (415) 379-9015.