Chin Augmentation Recovery: The Patient Healing Experience

By Sheryl Pilcher on January 30, 2018

A woman's face in profileChin augmentation is an excellent way to enhance the shape and character of your facial features. This type of facial cosmetic surgery uses implant to enhance the chin. We’ve achieved excellent chin augmentation results at our San Antonio, TX plastic surgery center over the years.

Good results are linked to positive experiences while recovering from surgery. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to consider what the healing process after chin augmentation involves.

How Much Time Should I Take Off from Work?

For any facial plastic surgery procedure, it’s usually a good idea to take about two weeks off from work. This is ample time for you to recover from the immediate and most visible surgical side effects. By the end of two weeks, you should be able to return to your job without anyone noticing bruising, swelling, and so forth.

Keep in mind that upon returning to your job, you may need to modify or avoid certain duties until your surgeon advises otherwise. This is particularly common in patients who work in physically demanding fields.

Activities to Avoid After Surgery

After a chin augmentation surgery, be sure to avoid the following activities until your surgeon gives you the go ahead:

  • Smoking and use of tobacco products
  • Consuming alcoholic beverages
  • Use of blood-thinning medications
  • Heavy lifting
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Using hot tubs and saunas

Post-Surgical Pain and Discomfort

Pain of the lower face are both common side effects after a chin augmentation has been performed. The discomfort will subside over the next week, with improvements experienced each day. Soreness can be managed using prescription pain killers and over-the-counter pain relievers as directed.

Bruising and Swelling

Both bruising and swelling are common after surgical procedures. Major bruising typically lasts for around two weeks, with minor skin discoloration persisting for another few weeks after that. As for swelling, the major swelling typically subsides by the end of two weeks as well. Some residual swelling may last for several weeks.

Walk to Promote Circulation

While rest is an important part of surgical recovery, it’s important for patients to get a little bit of walking in each day. This helps promote blood circulation and prevent blood clots from developing and causing serious health complications.

Patients can use a few minutes of walking each day as a way of working back into their regular exercise routine prior to surgery.

Post-Surgical Scarring

Scarring is a reality after any sort of surgery has been performed. With chin augmentation, however, the scars are well concealed since they are made inside of the mouth. Visible scarring is generally not an issue with chin augmentation patients, even when it’s performed in combination with other facial plastic surgery procedures.

Attend Follow-Up Visits as Scheduled

Patients will have several follow-up visits with with plastic surgeon just to make sure that they are recovering properly. Be sure to attend all of these visits as scheduled.

If any issues arise between or before these follow-ups, be sure to contact your surgeon as soon as possible so matters can be resolved quickly.

Learn More About Chin Augmentation

For more information about chin augmentation surgery and how it can enhance your appearance, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon. The team at Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A. looks forward to answering any questions you may have.

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