Chin Augmentation Surgery
By Sheryl Pilcher on June 10, 2012
There are many ways that subtle differences in your facial features can greatly enhance your overall appearance. That’s especially true when it comes to your chin. Many people may not consider just how important the chin is when it comes to the overall appearance of your face. When you meet with a skilled San Antonio plastic surgeon about facial aesthetics, one topic that may come up is chin augmentation surgery. Let’s look at this issue right now.
About Chin Augmentation Surgery
Chin augmentation surgery refers to surgeries that alter the appearance of the chin. This may mean careful removal of bone and hard tissues in order to reshape the chin or the use of facial implants to help alter the size of the chin.
How Facial Implants Work
Facial implants consist of artificially shaped and crafted synthetics that are placed in the face to alter its contours. Facial implants are common for the chin, the lips, and the cheekbones. We will be more than happy to let you know more about these great devices when you visit our plastic surgery center in San Antonio.
Ideal Candidates for Chin Augmentation
The best candidates for chin augmentation surgery are people who have issues with the overall contour and appearance of their chin. This may mean chins that are small and not prominent enough, large and too prominent, or even chins that are misshapen or poorly contoured. Sometimes patients who think they need a rhinoplasty may actually benefit more from a chin augmentation. Adding volume to the chin helps draw prominence away from the nose, especially for people who have small or weak chins.
Risks and Benefits of Chin Augmentation Surgery
The risks of chin augmentation are those common to all San Antonio facial plastic surgery procedures, such as:
- Blood clots
- Poor reaction to anesthetic
- Prolonged healing times
The benefits, however, can be quite great. The biggest benefit is a renewed sense of self and greater confidence in one’s overall appearance.
The Chin Augmentation Surgical Procedure
During the actual chin augmentation surgery, the San Antonio cosmetic surgeon will make an incision on the inside of the lower lip. Through this incision, all of the adjustments will be performed. The facial implant will be placed, for instance, and it will actually be custom crafted for your needs. Or, in the case of reducing size, the bone will be carefully shaved and manipulated.
Recovering from Chin Augmentation Surgery
Pain and discomfort are both common in the first days after surgery. We recommend that patients get a lot of rest, especially in the first day or two. Be sure to stay well hydrated and, if pain is an issue, to take the pain relievers that we recommend. Patients should also refrain from any strenuous physical activities for at least a week or two after surgery.
Learn More About Your Plastic Surgery Options
For more information about chin implants and chin augmentation surgery, contact our San Antonio plastic surgery practice today. During your visit, we can go over all of your options for facial rejuvenation and aesthetic enhancement in greater detail.
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