Chin Augmentation: A Quick-Recovery Facial Cosmetic Surgery

By dustinheringer on July 02, 2015

Woman with beautiful facial contoursYour chin has a tremendous impact on your overall look. If you have a sloped or undefined chin, you may feel self conscious about your appearance. Fortunately, chin augmentation can improve your facial contours to give you a strong, distinct jaw line. During this facial cosmetic surgery, your doctor will use a silicone implant to boost the volume and proportions of your lower face. Drs. Dustin Heringer and William McLeish use precise and gentle techniques. Therefore, you will typically enjoy a very short recovery and a low risk of side effects. We can also provide tips to make your recovery even quicker and more comfortable. To learn more about chin augmentation recovery, contact our Scottsdale practice today.

What Is Chin Augmentation?

Chin augmentation is suitable for both men and women. Unlike a facelift, which is designed to reduce the signs of aging, this procedure is suitable for adults of all ages. In fact, younger patients often opt for chin augmentation because it can have lifelong advantages for their appearance and self-confidence. At the same time, older patients can also benefit from the procedure. Our doctors can combine chin implants with a facelift or additional treatment.

Before your surgery, you will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Heringer or Dr. McLeish. After determining that you are a candidate for chin augmentation, your surgeon will select the right implant for you. Silicone facial implants come in a range of shapes and sizes. Therefore, you will receive one that complements your overall proportions. To place the implant, Dr. Heringer or Dr. McLeish will numb the lower half of your face. Then he will create an incision. The location will vary, depending on your preferences and the size of your implant. Your surgeon will place the incision either under your chin or inside your lip. After carefully positioning the implant, he will close the incision with small sutures.

Treatment Results

After chin augmentation, you will experience some swelling and bruising. Therefore, while you will notice a change in your appearance, the full effects of your surgery will not be apparent for several weeks. As swelling subsides, however, you will enjoy a stronger jaw line and more balanced facial features. The results of chin augmentation are permanent.

Recovery and Downtime

Following your surgery, you should schedule about a week off of work for your recovery. Swelling and bruising will fade in seven to ten days, and you can return to most normal activities at this time. You may need to refrain from heavy physical activity for a longer period, depending on your surgeon’s instructions. To speed healing, use cold compresses and wear a compression bandage. The bandage can also help your skin adhere to the newly enhanced contours of your face. Be sure to change bandages regularly to avoid infection. Your sutures will usually come out in a week to ten days. 

Some soreness and stiffness is normal after chin augmentation. In many cases, over-the-counter pain medications are sufficient to minimize discomfort. However, our doctors can also prescribe stronger medicines, if required. Like many patients, you may need to eat a soft diet after chin augmentation. Be sure to choose foods that are rich in vitamins and protein, as these nutrients will boost your immune system and speed healing. Our doctors can provide further guidance during your recovery. They will also tell you when to come in for your follow -up appointments. Chin augmentation complications are rare, but they can occur. Regular follow-ups can further reduce these already low risks.

Schedule a Facial Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

To learn more about chin augmentation and your potential recovery time, contact Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery today.

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