Chin augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance or reshape the chin. It can provide better balance and definition to the face and create an aesthetically appealing profile.
Most patients contemplating chin implant surgery are bothered by a chin that appears weak or underdeveloped. Some complain that their chin looks recessed, particularly when seen from the side. If you share these concerns, chin surgery may be right for you.
Schedule a consultation today at 504-814-3223 to learn if chin augmentation is the right match for your needs. Experienced New Orleans facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Weiss serves men and women from Metairie, Mandeville, and the surrounding areas of Louisiana.
What is Chin Enhancement Surgery?
The goal of chin augmentation is to improve the contours of the chin and jawline. Usually, the procedure involves placing shaped silicone implants to increase chin projection and definition. Sometimes, bone from the jaw can be moved forward or taken away, depending on your facial anatomy and what you want to achieve.
Dr. Weiss may recommend combining surgeries to achieve optimal facial harmony. For example, he frequently combines chin augmentation with rhinoplasty to help balance the proportions between the nose and chin. Another common combination he performs is a facelift and neck lift in conjunction with chin augmentation to best improve the contour of an aging neckline.
Candidates for Chin Augmentation
Ideal chin augmentation candidates are in good general health and have realistic expectations. Beyond those criteria, the procedure may be right for you if you are looking to:
- Correct a recessed or weak chin
- Achieve more flattering proportions between your chin and other features
- Improve the look of a “double” chin created by a small chin bone
- Enhance the definition of your neck and jawline
- Reduce an over projecting chin
- Fix chin asymmetry
- Boost your self-esteem and confidence
Dr. Weiss understands that no patients are alike, and he will take time to understand your reasons for pursuing chin augmentation. As honesty and integrity are at the core of his practice, he will only recommend procedures that he believes can safely accomplish your goals. For the right patients, chin augmentation is an excellent option.
Steps Involved During a Chin Enhancement Procedure
Typically, chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home after your surgery. The timing and techniques involved depend on individual factors, such as your anatomy and goals.
To begin, Dr. Weiss makes a small incision near the spot where the implant will be placed, either in a crease below the chin or inside the mouth at the gum/lip junction. Then, he makes a pocket in the facial tissue, inserts the implant, and sutures the incision. Lastly, the chin is taped to secure it in place while it heals.
For bone advancement, Dr. Weiss makes a small incision on the inside of the mouth. He then prepares the bone on either side of the jaw to advance it forward before securing it with small plates and screws. Dr. Weiss usually performs this type of surgery on patients needing a more significant advancement of their chin.
Chin Augmentation Recovery and Results
Dr. Weiss will wrap dressings around your head and tape your chin. These dressing should stay in place for approximately a week to facilitate healing in an upward position. Patients should consume a liquid diet for the first couple of days following the procedure and avoid chewing solids, which could cause some discomfort.
Dr. Weiss removes the sutures five to ten days following the procedure, while sutures placed inside the mouth will dissolve in a similar period of time. Bruising and swelling typically resolve within one to two weeks. Most people can return to normal activities within one week, though Dr. Weiss will give you specific guidelines that relate to your career and lifestyle.
After you have fully healed, your results should look and feel natural. Chin augmentation is known for its longevity, meaning you should be able to enjoy your flattering new appearance for decades.
Schedule Your New Orleans Chin Surgery Consultation
Are you ready to learn how chin augmentation can help you achieve your desired look? Call 504-814-3223 today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Weiss. Located in Metairie, we serve patients from New Orleans, Mandeville, and the surrounding areas of Louisiana.