What Is A Chin Implant?
A chin implant is a sculpted piece of material that’s inserted under the skin and molded around the chin bone. Chin implants are usually made of silicone, but some include Gore-Tex or Medpor.
Because the procedure is so customizable, how a chin implant looks depends on the patients’ desired result (and their surgeon’s level of skill). Results can range from a subtle improvement to a dramatic change.
Why Have Chin Augmentation?
Anyone concerned about a small or recessed chin may consider chin implants. A recessed chin is when your chin doesn’t stick out far enough from your face. From the side, your chin isn’t in proportion with the lines of your forehead, nose and other features. A chin implant can add definition and contour to your lower face, profile and jawline.
Most people get chin implants for cosmetic reasons, but sometimes, the surgery can help reconstruct your face. People who’ve had trauma to their face, such as a facial fracture or tumor removal, might also consider and benefit from a chin implant.
Who Is A Candidate For Chin Implants?
Candidates for Chin Implants surgery are patients who want a stronger, more defined chin and jawline. Many patients have already used injectable fillers in the past, to strengthen the protrusion of their chins, but are looking for a permanent solution.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Chin Implant?
Pros: Studies show that 85–90% of patients are satisfied with their results. The implant size and shape can be customized to your anatomy and desired result. This relatively quick outpatient surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia. Chin implant scars are usually unnoticeable, since the incision is hidden under the chin or in the mouth.
Results are considered permanent, though the implant can be easily removed if you ever decide you don’t want it.
Cons: Some patients say they had more discomfort during recovery than they expected. Patients may feel tightness in their chin for about three weeks while their skin adjusts to the implant.
It can take up to three months to see your final results, due to swelling. Some female patients say their jawline looked masculine until the swelling subsided. Possible side effects include infection, implant shifting, and (rarely) bone remodeling.
Do Chin Implants Come In Different Materials And Sizes?
Chin implants are usually made out of silicone, a flexible, artificial substance. Sometimes, implants are made from bone, but these aren’t as common. Implants come in different shapes, sizes and styles. Your surgeon selects the best type for your needs and aesthetic goals.
What Are Chin Implants Made Of?
Chin implants are made from a variety of materials including silicone, other man-made materials (such as polythene) or tissue from your own body.
How Long Do Chin Implants Last?
Chin implant results can last a lifetime. Solid silicone does not reabsorb and, because it is solid, there is no concern with it leaking.
If placed properly, a chin implant should not migrate or disintegrate, and it will last indefinitely or as long as you want it.
If you no longer want the implant, it can easily be removed. Just be aware that you may be left with some skin laxity.
Chin Implant Vs. Filler Vs. Fat Grafting: What’s The Difference?
A chin implant isn’t the only way to add definition to your chin and jawline. You may be able to have dermal fillers or fat grafting:
Chin filler: Dermal fillers are injections of hyaluronic acid or another substance just beneath your skin. They add volume to your face. Fillers may enhance the look of a small chin or smooth wrinkles around your chin and jawline. Fillers are nonsurgical and fade over time.
Chin fat grafting: A plastic surgeon performs liposuction (procedure to remove fat using suction) on another area of your body (usually your belly or thighs). Then, they inject the fat into your chin. Fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure.
What Are The Risks Of A Chin Implant?
Like all surgeries, a chin implant does carry some risks, including: Bleeding, Bruising, Burning or prickling sensation, Erosion or resorption of your chin bone, Hair loss near the incision (if the incision is on the outside of your chin), Implant extrusion (implant pokes through the incision), Implant rejection, Infection, Nerve injury, Scarring, Shifted or misaligned implant.
What Are The Benefits Of A Chin Implant?
A chin implant can create a more balanced look to your face, jawline and side profile and restore lost chin volume. Specifically these benefits include:
- Increase the chin’s size. A chin implant can add vertical height, lateral (side) augmentation, projection, or it can be customized to add more laterally than centrally.
- Improve the definition of the jawline.
- Enhance a weak chin (microgenia).
- Create better facial harmony and balance.
- Reduce a double chin caused by a small chin bone (especially when combined with chin or neck liposuction, to remove excess fat).
Some patients opt to combine this procedure with rhinoplasty (a nose job) or jaw implants, reshaping their entire facial profile.
Is Chin Implant Surgery Safe?
When it’s done by an accredited, board-certified facial plastic surgeon, chin implant surgery is considered safe.
That being said, any surgery carries risks such as hematoma, bruising, scarring, and side effects from anesthesia.
A study from 2013 notes that the most common chin implant risks include infection, swelling, and implant migration (where the implant shifts), while a 2018 study warns of possible bone remodeling and resorption.
How Painful Is Chin Implant Surgery?
The chin implant is placed while you’re under anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain during the surgery itself.
It’s normal to have pain and soreness in the chin area for several days following a chin augmentation procedure. Your provider will prescribe pain medication to minimize discomfort during the first few days. They can also recommend over-the-counter options.
Swelling and soreness peak 72 hours after any surgical procedure, but the pain should start improving 4–5 days after the surgery.
If the pain persists or gets worse after that, alert your doctor. It could be a sign of a complication, like an infection.
How Is Chin Implant Surgery Performed?
Chin Implant Surgery is usually done under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the length and complexity of your procedure. Usually, Chin Augmentation last about an hour.
It’s usually performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation, though you may opt for general anesthesia if you’re also having a complementary procedure, like rhinoplasty, that will prolong your surgery.
The surgeon makes an incision on the inside of your mouth, in the crease of your lower lip. In some cases, the incision may be on the outside of your chin. The surgeon will gently stretch the skin to create a small pocket. As the surgeon inserts the implant, they mold it around your chin bone and secure it in place.
The surgeon then inserts the implant and molds it to the shape of your chin bone to achieve a natural look.
A chin implant might be part of or in addition to other surgeries, such as:
- Double chin surgery.
- Facelift (rhytidectomy).Facial masculinization surgery.
- Facial reconstruction surgery.
- Genioplasty (chin augmentation).
- Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping).
The surgeon will then suture the incision closed (likely with dissolvable stitches). Finally, they will bandage the chin with a dressing that remains in place for two to three days.
What Is The Recovery Period For Chin Implants?
You should take it easy for about a week or two after your chin implant. You can do light activities, but you should avoid: Heavy lifting, Strenuous activity, Bending over.
You might notice swelling and bruising. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to care for your incision. They may recommend a soft food diet for a few weeks. Rinsing your mouth with salt water or a prescription dental rinse before and after meals can also help keep the incision clean and reduce pain.
At the two-week mark, you’ll be able to be out and about, and acquaintances, including coworkers, will not know you had anything done.
Avoid exercise or activities where you could hit your face, to avoid displacing the implant, for at least three weeks.
After approximately six weeks, most swelling will be gone, with full results visible at roughly three months post-surgery.