Chin Augmentation surgery - Chin Implants

Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, is a procedure that involves creating a more proportionate face and a stronger chin line with the help of chin implants.  The procedure may be requested by those with a prominent nose or other facial features who wish to create a more proportionate appearance, though the procedure is often used in conjunction with other forms of cosmetic surgery.

Understanding Chin Augmentation Surgery

Chin augmentation surgery is a relatively simple process that involves making an incision directly above the bone and creating a pocket in which the implant may be placed.  The incision may be made inside the mouth or under the chin.  While making the incision inside the mouth helps to reduce the appearance of scarring, this method does increase the chance of developing an infection.  Regardless of the method used, chin implant surgery generally takes one to two hours to complete and patients often remain in the hospital or surgical center for one night following the surgery.

What Are Chin Implants made from?

The material used to create the implant can vary, but they are generally made from ePTFE and silicone.  The implants are also available in a variety of different sizes and shapes, though they can be further customized in order to meet the individual needs of each patient.

Risks Associated with Chin Augmentation Surgery

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with chin implant surgery.  Some of the risks associated with all surgeries include:

  • Bleeding
  • Brusing
  • Haematoma
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Swelling

Some of the risks that are specifically associated with chin implant surgery include:

  • Asymmetrical results, which is characterized by an uneven appearance of the chin.  This may occur when the tissue heals at differing rates and may require additional surgeries to correct.
  • Capsular contracture, which is a rare complication characterized by the scar tissue tightening around the implant.  The condition can be painful and cause distortion of the chin, requiring additional surgery to correct.
  • Change in sensation, including reduced sensitivity in the area, which should return to normal within a few months
  • Movement or shifting of the chin implant, which requires an additional surgery to correct
  • Rejection of the implant by the body's immune system
  • Rupturing of the implants, though rare, may occur and requires additional surgeries to correct

In order to reduce the possibility of experiencing side effects following chin implant surgery, it is important to take antibiotics as prescribed and to take care to avoid aggravating the area. 

Frequent questions about chin augmentation surgery

Q. How much does chin augmentation surgery cost?

A. Chin augmentation surgery costs around £3000.

Q. How soon can I return to work after the operation?

A. 1-2 weeks.

Q. Are the operation scars visible?

A. Chin implant scars are usually hidden in the skin crease under your chin, so they are not immediately visible in most cases.

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