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Eyelid Lift Rhinoplasty Brow Lift

Chin Augmentation                                                          Important

A deficient or small chin can effect the appearance of facial profile in a way that an individual finds displeasing. Balancing the face through chin implant surgery can reverse this.

Like the nose, although not as well appreciated, the position of the chin plays an important role on the silhouette of the face and neck. A well-defined chin that is in proportion to the rest of the face can influence the perception of others e.g.  portrays an image of strength. Conversely a weak or recessed chin, may  have the opposite effect.

The decision (need) to perform chin augmentation is dependent on an assessment of the chin as it sits relative to the rest of the face. This is done exclusively by a profile assessment where a straight line is dropped down from the junction of the nose and forehead with the face looking straight forward and as level as possible. Where the most projecting point of the chin rests relative to this vertical line determines whether chin augmentation is beneficial, and how much, to one's facial profile. If it rests anywhere behind this line, then chin augmentation will be helpful. How much it sits behind this line in millimetres also helps one choose the amount the chin must be brought forward. The size or thickness of the chin implant is determined by this number of millimetres.

The most common method of chin augmentation is with a silicone rubber (silastic) implant. Implant placement is very simple and uncomplicated. Through a small incision under the chin, the implant can be inserted onto the bone and screwed into place. This direct approach makes it easy to place a chin implant of any size or shape, of which there are numerous styles and thicknesses from which to choose. The extended or anatomic style which has a natural blending into the surrounding jaw bone is popular. The results from chin implant augmentation are instantaneous although there will be some temporary swelling (no bruising) from having to lift up the chin muscle to put it into place.

Recovery
After surgery for chin augmentation, patients are expected to wear a support brace to allow the tissues and implant to heal properly. There is staining and swelling for the first 5 to 7 days after chin augmentation surgery and the swelling may last for a few months.
 
Risks
Complications from chin implant include:
-    Implant asymmetry 
-    Movement of the implant
-    Bleeding and infection
-    The chin and lower lip will 'move strangely' until the swelling has gone down.