The chin could affect the contour and overall appearance of the face. This single part in our face could change how we look a lot, and some people are not satisfied with their unflattering chins. Good thing facial implants are already available in the field of cosmetic surgery – including chin implants.
Here at our Miami plastic surgery practice, chin augmentation is opted by patients who wish to reshape or change the size of their chin. Chin augmentation can be done in two methods: by inserting an implant or by reshaping or moving the bones in the jaw.
Using chin implants
The doctor may put you under general anesthesia throughout the procedure. An incision will then be made either outside the mouth under the chin or inside it. This is done in order to create a pocket for the implant to be placed. Aside from implants, which may be made out of Teflon, Dacron, or silicone, your doctor can also use fat tissue or real bone. The implant will be attached to the bone with the use of screws or sutures.
Moving the bones
In this method you will also more likely be put under general anesthesia. Along your lower gum inside your mouth, the surgeon will make an incision to give access to the bone of the chin. A second cut will then be made through the jaw bone. It is then that the jaw bone is manipulated, wired, and screwed to its desired place. When the process is done, the incisions will be sutured and bandage will be applied. This method will not produce any visible scars since the incisions are only done inside the mouth. The procedure will most likely take about one to three hours to complete.
Possible risks of the procedure
Chin augmentation can cause possible complications. The most common are swelling, bruising, and movement of the chin implant. It is also possible for chin implants to cause damage to teeth or minimize the sensation felt by the jaw.
The best person you can consult about this procedure is Dr. Alan Serure. Call us today at (305) 669-0184 and hear expert advice from Dr. Serure.