A strong, defined jawline can make you look striking and confident. Improving the contour of the chin and jawline can also emphasize your leanness. Research has shown that both men and women with a defined jawline make better first impressions and enjoy increased opportunities in the professional sphere. They are typically highly photogenic, too. If you’re ready to let your inner strength shine but feel held back by a weak chin, chin implants might be right for you.
How Do Chin Implants Work?
A chin implant is a medical-grade, permanent prosthetics that provides support for a more prominent chin. The implant is inserted below the skin and covers the jawbone, creating a profile that is in better proportion with the rest of the face. Chin implants are always highly customized to make sure that the right size and shape is chosen to improve the patient’s appearance. This chin augmentation procedure is performed on both men and women who have a weak chin.
Chin implants are made of durable, biocompatible materials that have a long history of medical use. Most chin implants are made of silicone, a material that is also used to create breast implants, cardiac
implants, and orthopedic implants. Chin implants may also be made from Dacron (a type of flexible polyester that’s sometimes used in functional rhinoplasty and hernia repair) or Teflon, another strong polymer. Chin implants are 100% non-toxic and safe for long-term use.
The Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago: Trusted Chin Augmentation Specialists
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. During his time in practice, he has often used chin implants to complement rhinoplasty surgery, giving patients a defined profile. If you would like to see examples of chin implants he has performed in the past, ask to see his portfolio. You can also read our collection of patient testimonials to get a sense of the care you’ll receive from Dr. Dutton.
Benefits of Chin Implants
- Enhanced the chin and jaw contour, providing a better-proportioned facial appearance.
- Improved rhinoplasty outcomes in many cases.
- Chin implant surgery can be performed at the same time as a facelift or rhinoplasty, reducing cost and total recovery time.
- Long-lasting results; this is more convenient for most patients than using temporary dermal fillers to sculpt the chin.
- Produce stronger definition in the chin area than other leading treatments
The Chin Implant Procedure
Before you schedule your surgery, Dr. Dutton will invite you to join him for a one-on-one consultation. During your meeting, he’ll ask you many questions about how you wish to look after your surgery, and he will fully explain what you can expect. This careful attention to detail ensures you will enjoy the results of your procedure.
Chin implant surgery is a low-risk operation that does not usually cause significant discomfort. You can choose to be put under a general anesthetic during your surgery, so you sleep through the entire process. Alternately, some patients elect to use a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation; this way, they remain completely relaxed, but they wake up quickly after their surgery. This is a good option for people who want to return to most of their normal activities the day after having their chin implants placed. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Dutton will help you choose the sedation option that’s right for you.
This is an outpatient procedure; you will be allowed to go home the same day after your surgery. You will need someone to drive you home, however, and help you with some of your activities for a few days. Most patients need to take about one week off work after having chin implant surgery. Some patients prefer to extend this period to two weeks for aesthetic reasons; sometimes there is residual swelling after this procedure for several weeks.
What to Expect During Chin Implant Recovery
After your procedure, your jaw area will be taped to restrict movement for about a week. For this reason, you should make sure to stock up on soft foods and smoothies before your surgery. You will also have intra-oral sutures, but these 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.
While chin implant recovery can make eating and speaking more difficult temporarily, it’s not otherwise uncomfortable. You will be given prescription pain medication to help prevent any feelings of pain before they occur. You can also use a cold compress to minimize swelling or bruising. Finally, we recommend keeping your head elevated for at least a few days after you return home; this will help to prevent inflammation.
Dr. Dutton and his staff at the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago will give you more detailed instructions as to what you can eat and how you should care for yourself after your procedure.
Are You Ready to Book Your Chin Implant Consultation?
Living with a weak chin and soft jawline can be frustrating and have a negative impact on your self-image. If you’re ready to recreate your profile so it better represents who you are, contact Dr. Dutton to schedule a chin implant consultation in Chicago.