A chin implant provides a more prominent chin that is in better proportion with the rest of the face for an overall more harmonious look. It is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is highly customized to make sure that the right size and shape is chosen to improve your appearance. This chin augmentation procedure is performed on both men and women who feel they have a weak chin.
Dr. Dutton, director of the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, is a well-known expert in facial plastic surgery who understands this procedure from both a medical and aesthetic perspective. He has been the Chief of the Division of Rhinology/Facial Plastic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also double-board-certified in both Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery.
Benefits of Chin Implants
The Chin Implant Procedure
Chin implants are available in a variety of materials, such as silicone, Dacron, and Teflon. Dr. Dutton will ask you many questions about how you wish to look after your surgery, and he will fully explain what you can expect.
You will be under a general anesthetic during your surgery or a local anesthetic and intravenous sedation so that you are totally relaxed. The incisions will be made either under your chin where the scar will be discreet or perhaps inside your lower lip where it will not be visible at all.
This is an outpatient procedure, so you will be allowed to go home the same day, although you will need someone to drive you home and help you with some of your living activities for a few days.
Chin Implant Recovery
After your chin implant surgery, your jaw area will be taped to restrict movement for about a week. Sutures inside the mouth will dissolve on their own. If any external stitches must be removed, Dr. Dutton will do so about a week after your surgery during one of your follow-up visits.
Most patients take a couple of weeks off from work for the recovery period. You can expect to be a bit sore and experience some swelling and bruising. You can take pain medications to ease any discomfort, and keeping your head elevated will help to prevent inflammation.
Dr. Dutton and his staff at the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago will give you detailed instructions as to what you can eat and how you should care for yourself after your procedure.