With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt
The chin is formed by protruding bone on the lower jaw. Scientists aren’t sure what purpose it serves exactly. However, we do know that it is an essential feature of our appearance. Situated right below your lips, your chin serves as part of the lower border of your face, defining your face from your neck. Aesthetically, a strong, broad chin is considered attractive in men. A more delicate, narrow chin is generally considered appealing in women.
However, whether you’re a man or woman, you are certain of one thing: you don’t like how your chin looks. It is under defined and makes your facial profile look out of balance. Your face may look cut off at the bottom and your neck looks like it starts too high. A receding or under projected chin can also make your nose look bigger, because it isn’t prominent enough to balance your nose out. That’s why I tell some of my patients who want rhinoplasty to consider chin augmentation instead, and they’re very pleased with the results.
Chin augmentation, also known as genioplasty, is an option if you want to redefine your chin contour to make it:
- project more
- broader in size
- rounder or more angular
- more prominent
Unique point: offering two methods of chin augmentation
I offer two methods of chin augmentation. The first is surgery, which is a permanent way to redefine your chin contour. It involves the placement of a silicone implant inside your chin. Surgery is the most common method of augmentation.
I understand that some patients prefer to go the non-surgical route, which is why I also offer chin augmentation with injectable fillers. This treatment involves a gentle injection of a suitable hyaluronic acid based product to add volume to your chin. The results last a few months.
Unique point: technique that minimizes infection and is less painful
One of the concerns with chin augmenation surgery is the possibility of infection. Infection can be a complication that compromises your results. It may even require tissue loss and revision surgery to correct. The rate of infection is higher when the implant is placed through the mouth. This an approach known as "intra-oral" insertion. This approach is also related to a higher rate of pain and swelling during your recovery.
For this reason, I perform the "extra-oral" approach. The extra-oral method involves placing the implant through a small insicion beneath the chin. This prevents the implant from being exposed to saliva (which is what increase the infection risk). Your resulting scar is barely noticeable, since it's underneath your chin, plus you won't experience as much swelling or discomfort as you heal.
It's surprising how even the slightest enhancement of the chin can make a huge difference in the overall harmony of your facial profile. – Dr. Leila Kasrai
What will happen during your surgery
Your surgery is performed under local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
A small incision is made under your chin, through which tissue is modified to allow for the placement of a customized shaped silicone implant. Once the implant is accurately positioned, the incision is sutured and dressed.
Recovering from your surgery
- the initial bruising, swelling and discomfort lasts for a couple of weeks
- restrictions on mouth and facial movement
- results appear in a few weeks
In the first few days after your surgery, you may feel some discomfort, but I’ll prescribe medication to help alleviate any pain. Initially, you'll be swollen, which could make your chin look larger and more prominent than you'd like. As the swelling subsides, the shape of your new chin will appear. This can take a few weeks.
It's important that while you recover, you limit yourself to eating softer foods and not opening your mouth too widely.
Make sure to follow my post-op instructions to ensure a faster and smoother recovery.
Your new and improved appearance
You'll love how your new chin redefines the lower border of your face when you look at yourself from the front. When you look at your face from the side, your chin will balance with your nose for an aesthetically pleasing profile.
Frequently asked questions about chin augmentation
What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, is a procedure that modifies the shape and/or size of your chin. It is usually performed on men and women who want to improve their facial profile.
How do you change the shape of the chin?
I can change the shape and size of your chin with either a facial implant, fat transfer or injectable fillers. Injectable fillers achieves temporary results while the other two options are permanent. However, facial implants require surgery.
Can you fix asymmetry?
Yes. The implant selected will be customized to resolve asymmetry.
Where will my scars be?
There won't be any scarring if fat transfer or injectable fillers are used. However, if a facial implant is placed, a small incision will be made underneath your chin. The resulting scar will remain barely visible, since you won't be able to see it unless you look up close under your chin.
Will it look natural?
Natural looking results is what I strive for! Any procedure I perform is designed to make you look better, and natural.
Complications are extremely rare in chin augmentation, however you should still be aware of them before you undergo your surgery:
- Excessive bleeding/swelling hematoma
- Noticeable scarring
- Implant rejection
Make sure to follow my pre and post surgery instructions. I've designed the instructions to help reduce the rate of complications so you can enjoy the results you want faster.