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Chin Augmentation

When people look in the mirror they usually focus on the size and shape of their noses, their ears, sagging jowls and wrinkles. Even though few examine their chins with the same discerning eye, having a "weak chin" is certainly not an asset. Chin implantation, also known as chin augmentation or mentoplasty, is generally sought by people with a weak or receding chin in order to balance out the general appearance of the face, as well as, by those who may have damaged their facial features in an accident.

This is usually done by implanting inserts under the skin which are usually made of man-made rubber or silicone. Implants are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes which allows them to be custom fitted to the configurations of the patient’s face.

To augment the chin, the surgeon makes an incision either in the natural crease line just under the chin, or inside the mouth, where gum and lower lip meet. By gently stretching the tissue, the surgeon creates a space where the implant can be inserted. When the incision is inside the mouth, no scarring is visible. If the incision is under the chin, the scar is usually imperceptible.

In addition to chin augmentation, surgeons might also use chin reduction techniques  in order to achieve the required result by sculpting the bone to a more pleasing size.

Immediately after surgery, the surgeon usually applies a dressing that will remain in place for two to three days. Stitches will be removed after 6 – 8 days.

 

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