A small, weak, or receding chin can make your profile look less defined or cause your nose to appear bigger than it really is. For some, this can cause insecurities or an unbalanced appearance of the face. However, there are multiple different options for those who want to improve the look of their chin, profile definition, or balance out their face. The most effective and permanent way to augment the chin is by surgical implant.
A chin implant can provide you with a harmonious, balanced look to the face without having to undergo multiple treatments in order to maintain results. A standard chin implant can come in a variety of shapes and sizes allowing your doctor to customize your results to compliment your face best and achieve your desired look.
And like any other surgery, chin implant surgery is a big decision and having an ample amount of information is helpful for making the best decision for you. In this blog, we’ll discuss what to expect during your chin implant experience before, during, and after surgery.
Chin Implant Surgery Experience
When deciding if chin implant surgery is the right choice for you, it’s important to be informed and know what to expect before, during, and after your surgery so you can go in prepared.
Before scheduling and having your chin implant surgery, you’ll have a consultation with the doctor. Your doctor will discuss with you your desired outcome, concerns, and the type of chin implant that will be best for you. During your consultation, you’ll also be evaluated to make sure you’re a good candidate for surgery. You’ll discuss your health, medical history, lifestyle, and current medications to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery.
Once you’re deemed a good candidate for surgery, you’ll get to schedule your surgery at which point you’ll be given pre-surgery instructions to properly prepare for the day of surgery. Your doctor may instruct you to stop eating and drinking within a certain timeframe before your surgery or stop using certain medications.
Sometimes chin implant surgery doesn’t require you to be put under anesthesia and can be performed under local anesthetic. However, your doctor will choose the best anesthetic option for you and will make a recommendation before the day of surgery so you can know what to expect. A small incision will be made either inside the mouth or under the chin, and the chin implant will be inserted. Once the chin implant is properly placed, the incision area will be closed with either stitches, skin adhesive, or tape.
Right after your surgery, you’ll have gauze and bandages where the incision was made. You may also have a compression garment to minimize any swelling and help support the chin area during your recovery. You may also be given medications to help with any possible pain post-surgery. Before going home, your doctor will give you post-surgery recovery instructions, including how to keep the surgical area clean, when you can take bandages and compression garments off, what to avoid to heal best, etc.
For the first few weeks, you’ll be instructed to sleep with your head elevated to help control the swelling and protect the incisions while they heal. If your incision was done through the inside of the mouth, you’ll also be instructed to only drink liquids for a couple of days.
You’ll most likely be able to resume the majority of your daily activities within two weeks. However, if you’re unsure about resuming certain activities, make sure to consult with your doctor.
You’ll see results immediately after taking the bandages off; however, it can take up to three months for swelling to go down fully. Once all the swelling has subsided, you’ll be able to see your final results.
The Bottom Line: Is a Chin Implant Right for You?
If you’re looking for a permanent solution to change the look of your chin, a chin implant may be the right choice for you. The best place to start is by scheduling a consultation with a doctor so you can discuss the concerns you want to address and the look you desire to ultimately determine if a chin implant is the best option for you.
Ready to get started? Leif Rogers, MD, is an Ivy League-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon and a standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you’re considering a chin implant, get in touch with his team to schedule a consultation today.