To improve a receding or weak chin and facial balance, Chin Augmentation surgery requires the placement of an implant in the front of the chin to make the chin stand out more prominently. Jaw implants are another option that help restore balance and symmetry to the face by adjusting the angles leading to the chin. They can create a stronger jawline or provide a more understated contour, and can also remedy a drooping neckline by tightening and raising the neck skin with the volume they add.
Both chin and jaw implants help to reduce flaws in the structure of the chin, and are made of two common materials: smooth silicone and porous polyethylene. Made of smooth, firm rubber, silicone implants give the chin or jaw a normal feel. With time, surrounding tissue grows around the implant to keep it in place. Polyethylene implants are made up of small, microscopic tunnels, which allow the surrounding blood vessels and soft tissue to grow into the implant holding it in place. The implants come in various shapes and sizes to custom fit the unique needs of each patient.
Conversely to correct an overly pronounced or jutting chin, Chin Reduction improves facial balance by reshaping the chin and/or mandible through the gentle shaving down of the bone.
The overall goal of Chin Surgery is to provide balance to your facial features giving your chin the most suitable projection and height. The proportions of the lower, mid, and upper face are taken in to consideration to create the optimum balance.
During your Chin Surgery consultation with Dr. Salama, he will discuss expectations with you and provide pre-op and post-op instructions to ready you for your surgery journey. Prior to surgery, you are required to quit smoking for at least a month and avoid any over-the-counter and prescription drugs as instructed by Dr. Salama for at least two weeks.
Chin Surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours depending on how complicated the surgery is. It can be performed under general or local anesthesia.
For Chin and Jaw Augmentation, the incisions are hidden as they are placed inside of the mouth in the lower gum of the lip. Dissolvable stitches are used to close the incisions. For Chin or Jaw Reduction the bone is shaved down with the incision placed underneath the chin so it’s minimally visible. Concluding surgery, you will be dressed with a fitted facial support garment or strap to reduce movement and help control swelling.
Chin surgery can be combined with other facial procedures including cheek augmentation, blepharoplasty or an upper lip lift.
Let Dr. Salama bring the perfect balance to your face with a customized plan. Together, you and Dr. Salama will determine the appropriate treatment to help you look your best and build your self-esteem.