Chin Implants FAQs
The primary reasons why people undergo this procedure are aesthetic. In some instances, people may be looking to correct facial trauma, but primarily, the chin augmentation procedure improves the overall appearance of the face. Greater balance and symmetry are the primary drivers for this procedure overall.
The chin augmentation surgical procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and only requires a small incision through which the implant can be inserted. The implant is pre-selected based on your facial structure and aesthetic goals and the incision is stitched upon completion with dissolvable stitches.
Chin implants are solid silicone prostheses which are inserted into the chin and the side of the lower jaw to give more definition to the lower third of the face.
In a male patient, the implant can give a more chiselled, masculine appearance to the jaw. In women, it can assist in giving a better definition to the neck. A chin implant balances both the male and female profile and is sometimes combined with rhinoplasty, liposuction or a facelift. Implants are placed via a small incision either in the mouth or under the chin in a skin crease.
These implants are not visible as they sit firmly on the jawbone itself and do not move or break over time. Surgeons should not be tempted to put in an over-large implant into the jaw as its appearance will be quite unnatural. If appropriately sized and placed, the implant should have a natural appearance.
Before and After Chin Implant, Facelift and Necklift Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson
Chin implants as well as cheek implants are created from silicone or Gore-tex which feel natural and improve shape and appearance immensely. With different outcomes for both men and women, Dr Hodgkinson will ensure that your implants match your facial aesthetic, and avoid the look of obvious cosmetic surgery.
The only waiting factor for this procedure is the time required for the swelling to reduce after surgery. This will vary per patient with final results taking some months to appear in the longest cases.
It is likely that you will experience some discomfort or swelling post-procedure. A dressing will be applied to help your recovery and pain medication will be provided to mitigate discomfort if required.
It is vital that you ensure the incision site is kept clean, and in-depth instructions will be provided to you by our team to ensure you manage this correctly. Regular rinsing with warm salt water is recommended to prevent infection and you can use a cold pack to reduce the impact of swollen areas.
Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your recovery.
All surgery is coupled with a degree of risk, however, this is significantly lowered by the skill level of Dr Hodgkinson and his team. In the case of chin implants and augmentations, some of the potential complications may include:
● Temporary numbness
● Difficulty talking or smiling while the swelling resides
● Reduced ability to move various facial sections
● Implant movement, which in rare cases may require further surgery
It is important to note that none of Dr Hodgkinson’s patients have experienced unexpected adverse effects from this, or any of his procedures. Providing your complete medical history is a way to further decrease the risk of complications.
Dr Hodgkinson will assess your physical health prior to the procedure and will need to be made aware of any pre-existing conditions as this will influence the type of anaesthetic used and whether or not it is the right surgery for you.
If you also take any medications on a regular basis, you will need to inform us of their type. We will also need to know if you have experienced any past reactions to medications or anaesthetics. This will all be discussed during your initial consultation.