The addition of chin implants is an excellent way to address facial structural or balance issues. It is often used for the strengthening of a less prominent chin, or in situations where trauma or disease has altered the chin's appearance.
Chin implants are inserted in the jaw using a hidden incision that typically occurs within the lower lip, at the area where the lip meets the gums. Though this location is often preferred due to its nearly unnoticeable nature, various situations may require that the incision be performed underneath the chin for an ideal outcome.
Candidates for Chin Implants
This procedure is most often performed on adult patients that have reached their final facial maturity and believe that an increase in the prominence of their chin would be beneficial.
A chin lift is an excellent way to dramatically alter the structure of the jawline. Facial changes that can be made include:
- Strengthening a weak chin
- Balancing facial features
- Adjusting any chin contour irregularities
This procedure may have the best outcome with non-smoking patients who have excellent physical and mental health. Quitting smoking and discontinuing any herbal supplements with anticoagulant properties may contribute to the most positive surgical outcome.
How the Chin Implant Procedure Works
Prior to the first incision, a general anesthetic or intravenous sedative is administered to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient. Either of these methods may be used depending on the specifics of the case.
In most cases, the incision is made inside the mouth, at the line where the gums and the lower lip meet, just in front of the teeth. This allows for the least visible post-operative scarring. Some situations may require that the incision be placed under the chin. The solid and biocompatible chin implant is then inserted into the targeted area and secured in place and the incision is closed with fine sutures.
What Happens After Chin Implant Surgery?
A tube may be positioned to help with drainage, and the area bandaged and wrapped to prevent excess swelling and bruising. External sutures will be removed one week after surgery, and internal sutures will dissolve on their own.
The wounds should be healed enough for the bandages to be removed within a few days, and regular activities may be resumed after a few weeks. The new contours of the face will be immediately noticeable, but the final facial contours may take a few months to fully settle into place. Rare complications of this procedure include infection, redness, discoloration and skin or shape irregularities.
Learn More about Chin Implants In Oklahoma City
For more information about chin implants, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.