Chin Implants (Jaw Line Surgery)
Chin implants are used to improve the appearance of your jaw line and to provide a more natural-looking break between your neck and your face. A chin enlargement can correct a weak chin due to congenital deficiency, age-related bone resorption, or facial trauma.
Who is a candidate?
- A small or receding chin.
- A chin that looks too small in comparison with other facial features and possibly makes the nose appear longer.
- A desire for increased chin prominence.
- An improved profile.
- A more attractive jawline that creates a better balance between the chin and other facial features.
- The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia.
- An incision is made under the chin and an implant is placed under the skin.
- In an alternative method called sliding osteotomy, a portion of the chin bone is permanently moved forward.
Recuperation and Healing
- The patient goes home with a small pressure dressing over the chin.
- Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.
- Swelling, tenderness, and possible local numbness gradually subside within one to two months.
Additional procedures that would enhance the result include liposuction of the neck, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), neck lift, or laser skin resurfacing.
Because the chin implant procedure is considered cosmetic, it is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical chin implant procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.