Chin Implants

Your chin defines the lower border of your face, and if it's not the right size or shape, it can negatively affect the harmony of your entire facial profile. Chin implants redefine your chin contour so you can enjoy a more proportionate appearance.

What a chin implant can do for you
  • Improve the profile of your chin.
  • Adjust width, height or projection.
  • Make your nose look smaller.
  • Rejuvenate your neckline.
  • Chin augmentation can be performed alongside liposuction to dramatically rejuvenate your appearance.
What makes your chin implant procedure at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique

1. The surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia. In the event local anesthesia is administered, you won’t experience any of the risks and side effects caused by general anesthesia. You don’t have to worry about not being able to wake up or feeling nauseous when your surgery ends.

2. Dr. Gartner always performs a thorough consultation to ensure you are getting the most suitable treatment to fully address your concern. You may also receive other options to help you get the look you want, such as injectable fillers or liposuction.

3. Dr. Gartner uses absorbable sutures. This means that you won’t have to deal with the hassle of coming back to get your stitches removed, as they'll disappear on their own.

Are you a candidate for chin implants?

Chin augmentation with facial implants is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to reshape, resize and enhance your chin for a more aesthetically pleasing improvement. You may be a suitable candidate for the surgery if you say yes to any of the following questions:

  • Is your chin too small, giving you poor balance between your upper and lower facial proportions?
  • Are you in good health?
  • Do you understand the risks related to the chin implant surgery and feel that the benefits outweigh the risks?

If think you’re a suitable candidate for cheek implant surgery, call Dr. Gartner to book your private medical consultation. It’s the only way to find out if the surgery is suitable for you.

Your consultation

Your consultation with Dr. Gartner is a private medical appointment that will give you the information you need to make an informed decision on your treatment. You’ll talk about your aesthetic goals and medical history to make sure chin augmentation with implants is safe.

Your surgery

Your chin implant surgery will be performed at our state-of-the-art surgical facility that is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

Your surgery will take about an hour or less.

1. Local or general anesthesia is administered.

2. A small incision is made under the chin or inside the mouth. Through this incision, the chin implant is positioned directly on the bone.

3. The implant is attached to your bone if necessary.

4. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and dressed.

5. If you've had general anesthesia, you’ll be woken up and taken to the recovery room, where you'll rest for a few hours under the watchful eye of Dr. Gartner and your dedicated recovery room nurses.

Your recovery

You’ll enjoy an immediate improvement of your chin profile, although you’ll need to wait a couple of months for swelling to subside before you see the optimal results of your surgery.

The first stage of your recovery

After your surgery, the treated area will be covered in bandages so you probably won't be able to see how your chin looks. Some discomfort, swelling and bruising will exist.

When you can go back to work

Most patients return to desk work in about a week or so.

When you can get back to the gym

While you can resume regular activities in about a week or two, you should refrain from exercising for about three weeks to minimize bruising and swelling.

Your results

Once you've fully recovered, your face will look far more proportionate. Your chin will have better definition, giving you an improved profile. Your nose may also look more proportionate as well.

Complications and risks associated with chin augmentation with chin implants

Chin augmentation with implants can achieve a harmonious improvement of your facial profile. However, there are some side effects and risks associated with the surgery that you should be aware of.

Common side effects

The most common side effects experienced by patients include bruising, swelling, numbness and discomfort. These are all temporary and will go away while you recover. You may also feel nauseous as a result of the anesthesia.

Rare complications

The following is a list of rare complications that may occur. The chance of any of these happening is very low. They may resolve on their own or a suitable medical treatment can be performed.

Nerve damage: This can occur if the nerves in the area are bruised, stretched or cut during surgery. It can adversely impact the sensation of your lower lip, chin and jaw. Numbness may affect your ability to drink or make certain facial expressions.

Hematoma and seroma: These are collections of fluid under the skin (hematoma is a collection of blood while a seroma is fluid). If these occur, you’ll notice dramatic bruising and swelling. While in some instances they will go away on their own, you may need to have them drained or surgically removed.

Infection: Infection is always a risk associated with surgery. When treated quickly, it can be effectively addressed with antibiotics alone. In severe cases, the implant may need to be demoed and replaced at a later time. However, Dr. Gartner maintains strict hygiene standards and stringent surgical practices that minimize your risk of infection.

Implant displacement: When an implant is not properly affixed in place, there is a risk that it will shift and become displaced.

Implant rejection: Rarely, implants may not “take” and be rejected.

Disappointing results: Sometimes, the results of surgery are different from what a patient envisions. Revision surgery may be performed to address this. However, Dr. Gartner always talks to you at length about what improvement you’d like to achieve before your surgery to minimize this risk.

*Disclaimer: No guarantees of any kind unless they are money-back guarantees. No claims of permanent results. No "Miracle cures" for medical ailments.*

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Article credits

  • Reviewed By:Dr.MichaelGartner
  • Place:3 Winslow Pl, Paramus, NJ, US, 07652
  • Created: 10 May 2015
  • Published: 10 May 2015
  • Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015
  • Reviewed: 19 May 2015

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