Procedure Information: Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is often combined with rhinoplasty surgery, which is performed under a general anesthetic. Enlargement of the chin can also be performed under local anesthesia as an office procedure.

A pocket for the implant is created directly overlying the bone, through a small incision on the underside of the chin. There are several different types of materials used for chin enhancement. The most commonly used material is silicone rubber, as it is readily shaped and soft enough to conform to the underlying bony contours, yet firm enough to feel normal. Silicone chin implants come in many different sizes and shapes, to assist the surgeon in achieving the desired shape. Not only can the projection of the chin be increased, but also the chin height and width, depending upon the type of implant that is placed. The implant is secured to the fibrous covering of the bone with permanent sutures to reduce the chance of shifting, and absorbable sutures are placed to close the small incision. A small dressing is applied, and a spandex chin strap may be worn to reduce swelling.

Following surgery there may be bruising and swelling and typically discomfort is minimal to moderate and lasts only a few days. Contact sports should be avoided for one month to reduce the chance of displacement of the implant.

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