If you’re like many people, you might not spend that much time thinking about your chin. But you might be interested to know that your chin plays an important role in your facial harmony and symmetry. In some cases, the size of your chin can affect how the rest of your facial features appear. A chin that looks small or “weak” can make your nose appear larger, for example.
One way to enhance the size of the chin and improve facial aesthetics is through chin augmentation. If you are concerned about the symmetry and balance of your face and have been considering facial surgery, then here’s what you need to know about what a chin augmentation can do and how to tell if it’s the right procedure for you.
What Happens During a Chin Augmentation?
There are several ways to “strengthen” the chin by adding volume. During chin augmentation surgery, a surgeon will make a small incision, either in the crease beneath the chin or inside the mouth, near the lower lip. Next, they will place a silicone rubber implant into the incision, positioning the implant on top of the mandible bone (jawbone). The incisions are then closed.
Typically, a chin augmentation is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. That means that they won’t feel a thing during the procedure and won’t remember the surgery after they wake up. In some cases, however, it can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Chin augmentation is usually a pretty quick procedure. It often takes one hour or less to complete.
Why Do People Choose Chin Augmentation?
You might decide to have a chin augmentation for a few reasons. One of the more common reasons people seek out a chin implant is to bring balance to their facial features.
It’s not uncommon for people to want to have rhinoplasty to reduce the size of their nose. After analyzing a person’s face, a surgeon might recommend a chin implant instead. That’s because in some cases, the nose isn’t too large for the face. The chin is instead too small, which can make the nose look bigger.
Augmenting the chin with an implant enhances its size. When the chin is enlarged, the nose looks smaller or more proportional in relation to the rest of the person’s facial features.
Balancing the nose isn’t the only reason why you might consider a chin augmentation, though. The surgery can also help to improve your facial profile and can strengthen a weak jawline. A stronger jawline can be of particular importance to male patients, as having a strong chin and jaw is often considered a sign of masculinity.
One last thing that a chin augmentation can do is make you feel more confident. If you’ve gone through life believing that your nose is too big or your face is unbalanced, then enhancing your chin can help to improve your facial harmony, making you feel more confident in your appearance and giving your self-esteem a boost.
What Happens After a Chin Augmentation?
Like any other surgery, chin augmentation does require some downtime and recovery afterward. Fortunately, the recovery time is usually a little shorter compared to the time needed for other facial procedures.
You’ll be asked to take some time off from your job or other commitments. Many people find that they are ready to go back to work after a few days or a week at most.
During those first few days after your surgery, it’s likely that your dietary options will be limited. You might have some soreness and stiffness in the chin, meaning you’ll most likely want to stick to soft or liquid foods. Your surgeon will let you know when it’s OK to return to solid foods.
Since the incision is made in a camouflaged area or inside the mouth, you usually don’t have to worry about visible or prominent scarring after the surgery. You also don’t have to worry about having to repeat the procedure in a few years or having to replace the implant. Most chin implants are designed to be permanent, meaning they can remain in place for the rest of your life, if you want.
Dr. Paul Vitenas is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas who performs a variety of facial surgeries, including chin augmentation and rhinoplasty. If you’re worried about the size of your nose or are looking to strengthen a weak chin, he can help you decide if chin augmentation is right for you. To learn more, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation today.