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Chin Augmentation

Article-Chin Augmentation

Procedure Description: Chin implants may augment the jaw to correct problems with weak chins, sagging skin in the chin area and improve the shape and balance of the face. Most often, an incision is made inside the lower lip, or under the chin. An implant of the desired size and shape is then placed inside the chin. If the incision is inside the mouth, it is closed with sutures (stitches) that later dissolve. If the incision is under the chin, removable sutures are used. At the end of the surgery, the chin is often taped to minimize swelling, or an elastic compression head dressing may be used to compress the soft tissues and reduce hematoma formation and swelling.

Length of Procedure: The procedure generally takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Recovery: Some swelling and perhaps bruising can occur, but this will be helped by an application of tape or other material. This tape is removed about a week after the surgery is performed. Pain and discomfort last for several days following the procedure, but this can be eased by an oral pain medication. Some facial movements, such as talking and smiling, may be difficult for several days following the surgery. If sutures (stitches) are used, they will be removed within a week of the surgery. Most people return to work within a week following the surgery. At first, you should avoid strenuous activities, but exercise can be resumed in about two weeks. If incisions are made inside the mouth, you may be placed on a liquid diet for several days until there is adequate healing to allow for chewing and food particles to come in contact with the stitches.

Risks: As with every type of surgery, there are risks associated with chin augmentation procedures. Complications can include allergic reactions to the anesthetic used, other medical complications, or dissatisfaction with the results of the procedure. Infection can occur, although it is rare with chin augmentation. If your implant shifts, you may end up with an asymmetrical chin. Swelling after surgery or trauma to your chin can also cause asymmetry or shifting. If this occurs, a second surgery may be required to reposition the implant. You may have a temporary loss of sensation in the area of your implant for a few months after your surgery. Sensitivity will usually return slowly, but in rare cases there may be a permanent loss of sensation in the chin area.

Results:Though implants look natural, results can be dramatic, as they often result in a stronger profile. Results are permanent and the surgery has a high rate of satisfaction. The scar is generally not noticeable, and problems related to unevenness are relatively uncommon.

Estimated Cost: The average cost of chin augmentation is $1,693.

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