Cosmetic beauty: face treatments|
What is it?
Chin implants can help balance facial features and correct a weak-chinned appearance or asymmetry. And as chins recede with age they are also a key part of the cosmetic surgeon’s anti-aging arsenal.
What to expect?
Chin implant surgery normally takes around an hour under local or general anaesthetic. The plastic surgeon makes an incision either inside your mouth, (lower lip), or in the skin just beneath your chin.
Your surgeon then creates a pocket and inserts a shaped implant or injects moldable paste. Sutures are used to pull the skin together. If the chin size is being reduced, the surgeon makes a small incision and sculpts the bone of the chin to change the appearance.
Expect to feel sore and swollen afterwards, and it will be a few days before you tuck into a meal with gusto. You may need to wear a support brace to for healing and to minimize swelling and discomfort. Bruising and swelling usually last for a week after chin implants surgery and swelling may not fully subside until months later. If the implant was inserted through the mouth the stitches dissolve in about 10 days. Regular sutures are removed about a week after surgery.
Risks and side effects
Complications from chin implant surgery are infrequent and usually minor. Side effects include temporary swelling, bruising, numbness and altered sensitivity, weakening of the mouth and slow healing.
Complications following chin plastic surgery, though rare, may include infection, bleeding, haematoma, seroma (collection of fluid around the chin implant or incision), blood clots, damage to the teeth, extrusion (chin implant works its way back up to the skin's surface often requiring a second surgical procedure), capsular contracture, asymmetry, nerve damage, bone erosion.
Minimize your risks by carefully researching your surgeon, avoiding smoking and following pre and post operative advice.
Cosmedic coach, Antonia Mariconda, author of ‘The Cosmetic Surgery Companion – look and feel beautiful’
“The best candidates for chin implants are people with weak or receding chins (microgenia), but who have a normal dental bite. If you have had or have any particular problems with your teeth, mouth or jaw, inform your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon must factor in their effects to determine the best course of treatment for you, though these problems may not necessarily prevent you from getting a chin implant procedure.
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