A deficient chin is best recognized as an imbalance in facial profile. Most of the time, it is developmental, but the chin also recedes with age. When it is accompanied by a significant under bite, it may be treated by surgical lengthening of the jaw. If the bite is normal, a solid chin implant can be a simple way to restore balance to the profile. An implant can be positioned on the bone of the chin where it will provide a solid look and feel. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. Once balance is restored, the results are quite satisfying. Adequate skeletal framework also improves satisfaction with the results of the face lift.
Frequently Asked Questions
Interestingly, chin augmentation is a straight forward procedure that can make both, a natural change and a dramatic improvement in self confidence for many people. Sometimes other surgeries of the jawbone are necessary to adjust the alignment of the teeth. These procedures can be complex with a difficult recovery. When the dental occlusion is essentially normal and the concern is primarily cosmetic, a chin implant is a great option. An aesthetically pleasing profile is defined by the projection of forehead, nose, lips and chin. An under projected chin creates an imbalance. It will draw attention to a dominant nose or limit the definition of the jaw and neck angle. For this reason, chin augmentation is sometimes combined with reduction rhinoplasty, neck liposuction or a facelift. Without it, results of these procedures can be disappointing. A dominant nose will still appear large. A facelift will have less definition of the jawline and neck angle due to inadequate support of the soft tissues. Chin Augmentation provides a natural aesthetic balance that will instantly bolster your confidence.
Dr. Fink has treated thousands of cosmetic patients in Southern California from surgical centers in Beverly Hills to La Jolla in San Diego. He is Board Certified Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. His surgical training and understanding of anatomy makes him an ideal doctor to administer a chemical peel procedure. The natural and youthful results of his patients support this statement. He also has extensive US-accredited training to perform chemical peels and other cosmetic surgery procedures.
An incision is made inside the mouth or under the chin and pocket is prepared for the implant. An implant made of solid silicone (my preference) or other inert material is selected for appropriate size. The implant is placed against the bone of the chin and secured in place. Many people are concerned that a chin implant will look unnatural, but with the proper size, the result is balanced and appropriate. The implant will look and feel natural as an extension of your chin.
Sutures are removed after one week. Icing is helpful to reduce bruising and swelling during the first several days. Most men and women are back to their regular routine in one to two weeks, depending on additional procedures performed.
Most of the time, chin implants remain in place for life. Although it is known that the facial skeleton changes with age, the implant will remain the same size and shape. As a solid material, there is no leaking of silicone. It can be fairly easily removed however, should there ever be a reason for it.
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Having performed over 5,000 facial rejuvenation procedures Dr Fink is the industry leader in facial cosmetic surgery. His attention to detail coupled with the most advanced techniques will leave you with results that exceed anything you could have expected. Let Dr Fink’s 27 years of experience speak for itself.