Chin Implant or augmentation surgery in Atlanta
A Chin implant placement procedure is a very satisfying procedure for a plastic surgeon as it can be done fairly quickly and can enhance or restore immediate facial symmetry to a profile lacking balance or provide appropriate proportions to a face with a large nose or wide cheeks. It is most commonly performed on its own to increase chin projection and to enhance a neck line or in addition to a rhinoplasty to balance a person’s facial profile.
Chin Implant procedures can be performed under local, sedation or general anesthesia. We recommend having some form or sedation since this helps minimize bleeding and movement helping to speed recovery. Also, since chin surgery is usually accompanied with neck liposuction to enhance the neck line, sedation helps minimize the discomfort of numbing the neck skin for this procedure.
The implant can be introduced through the mouth or through the skin under the chin. An incision has to be created to place the implant through the skin which raises the question of a noticeable scar. In our practice, this incision is made several times a week and it heals extremely well and we don’t consider the incision a disadvantage. In addition, this approach also allows for the neck liposuction and minimizes pain compared to the intraoral route. The intraoral route has the advantage or saving a scar, especially if neck liposuction in not needed. There is a mild increase in pain compared to the skin route and the patient has to be on a soft diet for 2 weeks following the surgery. Despite the ‘dirty’ nature of the mouth, there is no measurable increase in infection from this approach.
All patients receive pain medicine and antibiotics postoperatively and mild bruising is expected though rare. The chin will appear swollen for the first 10-14 days. However, after this time period, both the patient and surgeon are highly satisfied with the results. For more information, visit our website at northsideplasticsurgery.com/facial-plastic-surgery-procedures-atlanta/chin-implant/.