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All you need to know about chin implant

What is a chin implant?

The chin is an essential aspect of the contour of the face.

 

From a profile view, the projection of your chin plays a key role in balancing the forehead and nose. A small chin can make a nose look large; a large chin can make a nose look smaller. From a frontal view, a short chin can make your face look as "top-heavy".

 

A chin implant is a procedure that increases the projection and balance to your face by placing a sculpted piece of material or moving the bones of the chin.

What are the benefits of a chin implant?

If you are self-conscious that your facial features lack proportion, a chin implant surgery helps you improve your appearance.

 

The benefits of chin implant surgery include:

 

  • Correction of a recessed chin

  • Improvement of your facial features

  • Facial harmony

  • A more defined neck and jawline

  • Helps reduce the appearance of a double chin

Will a chin implant change the appearance of my neck?

Yes, a chin implant increases the projection of your chin, making the neck look more angular, lean, and youthful.

 

The chin plays a key role in setting up balances in the face and in the neck.

 

Men with stronger and squarer chins are typically considered more attractive. Women are considered more attractive when having a balanced chin in relation to other facial features.

 

People with weak chins are perceived as healthy, fit, or energetic. In contrast, a good-looking chin creates the appearance of strength and self-confidence.

How is a chin implant procedure?

A chin implant surgery takes about an hour.

 

Anesthesia

 

The procedure requires a local anesthetic though some doctors prefer a general anesthetic for more complex surgeries.

 

Incision

 

Your plastic surgeon will perform a small incision under the chin or inside the mouth. Then, he creates a pocket to insert the implant and mold it around your chin bone.

 

Some patients with very small chins may need to have their jawbone cut and moved to make space for the implant, which gets attached to the bone with stitches or screws.

 

Implant insertion

 

The implant, made of solid silicone, GoreTex, or artificial bone, feels much like natural tissue normally found in the chin, comes in different sizes and shapes to allow custom fitting based on the patient’s face.

 

Some patients combine a chin implant with neck liposuction for the best results.

 

Closure

 

Once the implant is secured, the surgeon sutures the incision and bandages the chin. If the incision is inside the mouth, there is no visible scarring.

 

Almost all chin augmentations are performed with a chin implant. However, other procedures involve the cutting and movement of the jawbone to create an increase in the vertical height or length of the lower jaw.

How long does a chin implant last?

Unlike a breast implant, a chin implant is solid and never needs to be replaced.

 

Are there different shapes of chin implants?

 

Chin implants can be thin, tall, pointy or square, and they can wrap widely around the jawbone to varying degrees. Others are very narrow and only project at the very front.

What should I expect right after a chin implant?

You should expect bruising or swelling after the chin implant surgery and for about two days.

 

Your plastic surgeon will apply a dressing that should be worn for up to three days. Some degree of tenderness is also expected.

What are the risks of a chin implant?

As with any surgery, there are risks of certain side effects and complications that include:

 

  • Facial implant shifting

  • Infection

  • Fever

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Hematoma

  • Poor scarring

  • Anesthesia side effects

 

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, chin implant surgery has almost no complications.

What should I expect in a chin implant recovery?

You should expect a week of downtime and up to a month to resume strenuous activities or vigorous exercise. Normal activity can be resumed after approximately 10 days.

 

Discomfort is typically minimal and managed with pain medication or cold compresses.

 

You should expect the swelling gone within six weeks.

 

Your plastic surgeon will recommend you with your head elevated for up to two weeks after surgery to help control post-op swelling and protect your healing incisions.

 

The majority of patients see their chewing limited and may follow a diet of soft foods and liquids for up to a week.

 

It is important to follow your cosmetic surgeon’s specific instructions during recovery for proper healing and the best results. You should expect to see final results three months post-surgery.

What results should I expect following a chin implant surgery?

Chin implants are very strong, durable medical devices and are intended to be permanent.

 

While the aging process will affect your facial appearance in other ways, your enhanced chin contour will not change.

 

There is a slight risk that trauma to the face could damage a chin implant and require another surgery to replace it.

Are the results of a chin implant permanent?

Yes, the chin will look augmented as long as the implant remains in place.

Are the results of a chin implant permanent?

In the Dominican Republic, a chin implant cost range 3,300 to 3,800 for an all-inclusive package that covers hospital and doctor's fees, recovery house, local transportation, basic medication, and lab test. 

Airfare and insurance are not included. 

What is the cost of a chin implant surgery in the Dominican Republic?

In the Dominican Republic, a chin implant cost range 3,300 to 3,800 for an all-inclusive package that covers hospital and doctor's fees, recovery house, local transportation, basic medication, and lab test. 

Airfare and insurance are not included. 

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