Our facial aesthetic is dictated by several different factors, almost all of which can be improved. Having an overly large nose can overpower your features regardless of your gender, while a square jaw on a woman can look severe. When it comes to our chins, however, both sexes can suffer from having a weak chin. A poorly defined chin can make your mouth appear too large, or it can create the illusion of a double chin where none exists. If you are unhappy with your chin and are considering a permanent solution, chin implants may be just what you need to balance your features and achieve your desired aesthetic.
Choosing an Implant Size
Chin implants range from very subtle to quite bold and everywhere in between. To help you get an idea of how each option would look, our surgeon can use computer technology to manipulate photographs of your face. These manipulations will give you a good idea of how the implant will change your overall aesthetic, allowing you to have a reference for the outcome you would like to receive. You can even get these images printed out to show trusted loved ones and family members for their opinions, should you so desire. Once you have decided on an implant size, you can then schedule your procedure.
The Chin Implant Procedure
The procedure is done while the patient is sedated. You will sleep through the entire surgery and have no memory of it. Once you are resting comfortably, our surgeon will create a pocket in front of your jaw bone to accept the implant, which is soft and flexible. The implant is sometimes tacked into place using small screws, but some are designed to hug the bone without any hardware. Regardless of the type of implant you are receiving, the next step is to close the area and send you to a recovery room to regain consciousness. Once you are alert and aware, another adult can take you home within a few hours.
Recovering from a Chin Implant Procedure
The chin implant procedure is so minor that it is not uncommon at all for people who experience no complications to be up and about their normal routines within a few days. If you are comfortable wearing a small bandage over the area, you may be able to return to work after your one-week follow-up appointment. The bandage is usually not necessary after the two-week mark, and most people report no issues with incision healing, eating, speaking or sleeping comfortably.
A weak chin can throw off the aesthetic of your face, especially if it is far too small for the rest of your features. Chin implants can create balance and a better overall aesthetic. If you feel your chin is weak and you are ready to explore a permanent solution, you can visit us at Smith Facial Plastics in Gahanna for an informational, no-pressure appointment. We would be delighted to review your case and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and find out if chin implants are right for you.