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.
This procedure is most often performed on adult patients who 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:
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.
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, secured in place, and the incision is closed with fine sutures.
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.
For more information about chin implants, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman and 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.
Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.