A weak chin can cause a normal-sized nose to look large and an already prominent nose to appear even larger. It can also give the neck a “fleshy” look. A chin that is too large can also cause a nose to look too small. There is a delicate balance to the face and when a chin is out of proportion you get a distortion of the most prominent features of an individual.
This can easily be fixed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon using the appropriate technique during what is called chin augmentation.
What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a common procedure to bring balance to the facial structure. This is done by correcting a weak chin that is a result of a congenital deficiency, age-related bone resorption, or facial trauma.
What are the benefits of chin augmentation?
Dr. Brenner’s chin augmentation procedure is personally tailored to meet each patient’s unique facial features and needs. A well-done chin augmentation will typically resolve any of the following that is a concern for the patient:
- Balance the facial profile
- Improve facial symmetry
- Improve jawline definition
- Fix a weak or recessed chin
- Reduce the appearance of a double chin
- Make a large or prominent nose appear smaller
- Create more masculine or feminine facial features
- Correct the ratio between the chin and other facial features
How is chin augmentation done?
There are several ways in which chin augmentation is performed. Soft tissue fillers can be used for a temporary but long-lasting improvement, silicone implants can be placed to provide a permanent improvement, or cosmetic surgery can be done to reposition the chin.
Soft Tissue Fillers
The first and least invasive method of chin augmentation is to inject a soft tissue filler into the chin, such as Juvederm Voluma or Restylane. Chin augmentation with soft tissue or dermal fillers typically lasts between 15 months and 2 years but may require some touch-up or maintenance visits in the interim. The advantages of this method of chin augmentation are that it is long-lasting but ultimately impermanent, that dermal fillers are easy to manipulate and adjust to a patient’s preference, and that it is less costly than silicone implants. The fillers used are also biocompatible and use naturally occurring hyaluronic acid to augment the size, shape, and projection of the chin.
Silicone Chin Implants
Dr. Brenner may opt for a silicone chin implant, which will effectively increase the volume of the chin to bring balance to the face. This method of chin augmentation utilizes silicone implants that last a lifetime. When secured in place, they do not move and will not be noticeable, but rather will feel like a perfectly natural chin. Although silicon is not a naturally occurring substance within the body, allergic reactions caused by your body rejecting the implant are very, very rare. Post-operative swelling may last for 3 to 4 months and during most of this time, it will be entirely imperceptible to all but you and your surgeon, after which you will see the final results of your chin augmentation.
Finally, a genioplasty may be performed. A genioplasty is a method of repositioning the jaw so that the chin sits at an ideal level of protrusion. Genioplasty is a cosmetic surgery that requires placing an incision either inside the lower lip or beneath the chin. Through this incision, the chin bone is physically repositioned. As this surgery is more involved than dermal fillers and silicone implants, it allows for a more complete augmentation of the chin and can even rejuvenate parts of the neck and jawline. The surgery is done under local anesthesia and pain afterward is easily managed by pain medication. Results of a genioplasty are permanent.
How do I prepare for chin augmentation?
The first step of a chin augmentation will be a personal consultation in our office with the doctor. Dr. Brenner will go over your cosmetic concerns, your goals for the procedure, and your medical history in order to work out the method of augmentation that best suits your goals. If dermal fillers are chosen, little to no preparation will be required. Chin implants and genioplasty require slightly more preparation and will likely have a bit longer of a runway leading up to your procedure date. Part of your consultation will include outlining whatever preparations are necessary, which typically requires ceasing smoking (if one is a smoker), and possibly weaning off of stopping certain medications.
Dr. Brenner, Beverly Hills Chin Augmentation
While chin enhancement can be a relatively simple procedure, it still requires good judgment and skill, as well as a knowledgeable, aesthetic eye. Please call our Beverly Hills office today to find out more about chin implants.