A well-defined chin helps give balance to the face and create a more striking profile. Chin augmentation using an implant is designed to improve a “weak chin” and achieve harmony to the facial appearance. But because the chin is a delicate body area, many patients wonder if operating on it is safe.
In this blog post, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Sayah discusses the procedure and the safety of chin implants in detail.
About Chin Implants
Chin implants are made of soft silastic, a safe, silicone rubber material that has been used medically for more than 20 years. The material has been used in ear, dental and eye surgery. It has also been commonly used to make replacement heart valves, blood vessels and joints.
In chin augmentation, supportive tissue forms around the silastic implant after a few weeks. Because the silastic material feels much like natural tissue normally found in the chin, the implant will feel like your normal chin once fully healed. Implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing for custom fitting to match the patient’s facial anatomy.
About the Procedure
To begin the procedure, you will be placed under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to numb the chin area. Dr. Sayah will then make a small incision where the implant will be placed. The incision will be made either inside the mouth where the lower lip joins the teeth or in the small crease line under the chin. Dr. Sayah will then gently stretch the tissue to create a space where the implant will be placed. After inserting the implant, he will use sutures to close the incision. The procedure typically takes one to three hours to complete.
Recovering From Chin Augmentation
Chin implants and chin augmentation surgery are safe, but there are risks and possible complications involved, as with any surgical procedure. Because bacteria can easily accumulate in the mouth, it is crucial to follow all of Dr. Sayah’s post-op directions. The day after surgery, you should drink only clear liquids, such as water, juices, cool tea and clear broth. It is recommended you only eat soft foods during the subsequent three to five days to avoid straining your mouth and jaw areas. With proper care, a majority of the swelling goes down two weeks after surgery, and most patients begin to see a more well-defined chin four to six weeks after the procedure.
The best way to minimize the risks that come with any surgical procedure is to choose an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon who will work to minimize these risks. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sayah is skilled in facial plastic surgery, including chin augmentation. He has helped many men and women achieve a rejuvenated facial appearance and a more attractive jawline. To learn more about chin implants, contact Dr. Sayah today. Schedule a personal consultation by calling his Beverly Hills office at (310) 905-8405.