Chin Augmentation is a surgical
procedure to enhance projection of the chin.
If you or your friend are considering Chin Augmentation or if you are
only interested in more information about the procedure, please call us at (714) 500-0050 for a risk free, complimentary
consultation with Dr. Luu Doan. You can
also email us by clicking here to schedule a consultation or to get
answers to any of your questions regarding the procedure.
recessed chin is a very common cosmetic deficiency seen in the general
population. It is commonly associated with an enlarged, projected nose. Chin recession can be mild, moderate, or
severe. It is most noticeable in a
profile view and patients often say they don’t like how they look in
photos. The attractive facial profile
with normal chin projection is demonstrated by a line dropped vertically from
the forehead to the edge of the upper lip and lower lip. The edge of the chin
should touch or fall just behind this vertical line as shown below.
The soft tissues and muscles are dissected off the jaw bone
to expose the part of the jaw bone that forms the chin. The implant is then placed in front of the
jaw bone and secured with stitches as shown below.
The incision in the gum line is closed with stitches. Tape is then placed on the external skin
above and below the chin to compress the soft tissues against the implant while
it is healing.
The Recovery From
Recovery from a Chin Augmentation is remarkably less painful
than one might expect. You will be
prescribed medication for pain and nausea.
You will also be given antibiotics to prevent infection. The head should be kept elevated for the
first several days to lessen the swelling.
It is normal to have swelling of the lower face and numbness of the chin. You should be up and about the next day to
prevent blood clots from developing in the veins of the legs. Stitches are dissolvable and do not need to
be removed. Swelling takes up to two
months to completely resolve and there should be no bruising. Most patients can return to work by one week
after surgery. It is not unusual for patients to feel rather strange about
their appearance for the first several months.
By 3 months after surgery, most patients are highly satisfied with their
results. Doctor Doan and his staff will
guide you through the entire recovery period to make sure that it is as smooth
If you are a healthy candidate with no pre-existing
disorders or diseases which may inhibit healing, the general risks of Chin
Augmentation surgery are very low. However, since it is indeed surgery, there are
inherent risks you must consider before choosing to undergo a procedure such as
this. Potential complications associated
with Chin Augmentation surgery may include the following:
Bleeding: This is a very rare complication which might require a minor procedure to drain the blood.
Infection: Even when the implant is placed through the mouth, the risk of infection is extremely low. If it does happen, it may require removal of the implant and antibiotics.
Skin Numbness: This results from nerve damage or stretching of the nerve and usually resolves by one year if not sooner.
Implant Shifting: This may occur due to trauma or the constant movement of the jaw. It may require a revision procedure.