Your face creates a first impression when you meet someone. If you are unhappy with your face, you might not be happy with the first impression you create. One common issue patients express is that they are not happy with the appearance of their chin. Fortunately, chin implants, also known as chin augmentation, provide an excellent way to alter your appearance and improve your self-esteem.
Do you want to know more about chin augmentation? Here’s what you need to know about this procedure.
What Is the Chin Implant Procedure Like?
Chin implant surgery begins with general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep. You will not be awake when the doctor makes an incision either through the mouth or underneath the chin. The doctor then inserts an implant right on top of the existing chin bone.
Companies typically make the implant of silicone, and it will feel like your natural chin to the touch. Nobody will be able to tell that you had surgery after you’ve recovered.
The entire procedure is relatively short, usually under an hour. After the doctor inserts the implant, he or she will sew up the incision and bandage the area. You will wake up from anesthesia, which can make you feel groggy at first.
Who Benefits from Chin Implant Surgery?
Chin augmentation best benefits individuals who are currently unhappy with the look of their profile, or side view. Men and women over the age of 18 are all candidates for the surgery if they would like to bolden the jawline and create a more balanced appearance.
If you are unhappy with the look of your chin and neck, you will be happy with the addition of an implant, which improves definition throughout the entire region. If you have a double chin, a chin implant can change this.
Does Chin Implant Surgery Have Risks?
Like any surgery, chin implants come with some risks. The first risk comes with the administration of anesthesia. Most people have no problem, but in rare cases people experience complications.
Any surgery may involve the risk of infection. You can lower your risk of infection after surgery by not smoking and by following the doctor’s instructions before and after the procedure. If you experience any issues after surgery, talk to your doctor about it right away.
After surgery, your doctor will ask you to sleep face-up to prevent swelling. Light swelling is normal after surgery, but it should diminish over the next few weeks and months.
What Does Recovery After Chin Implant Surgery Look Like?
After surgery, you may need to take about one week off of work to rest and recuperate. After about seven days, you should be ready to return to most of your daily activities.
While you recover, your doctor will likely recommend you have a cold compress and take some pain medications. Otherwise, the pain associated with chin implants is relatively minimal. The results of your surgery are permanent.
What Should You Do When You Are Ready for Chin Implant Surgery?
Consult with a trusted plastic surgeon to discuss chin augmentation. Your surgeon can recommend the best method of creating a balanced and harmonious appearance. If you are scared to pursue chin augmentation, you can opt for fillers to contour your chin and jawline first, which allows you to see what the implant might look like.
The Plastic Surgery Group offers chin implants and other cosmetic procedures. We help you look and feel your best. Call our plastic surgery office today to discuss your options for changing your appearance and changing that first impression.