What to expect during chin augmentation

So much attention is paid to the face when it comes to rejuvenation treatments and procedures, but the appearance of the chin can make or break your youthful results. Here, we discuss who makes a good candidate for chin augmentation and what to expect during surgery.

What is chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation surgery refers to the improvement of the bone contour of the chin area. Typically, a surgeon alters the underlying structure of the face by using facial implants or reshaping the bones of the face to make the chin look bigger or longer when compared to the structure of the nose.

Am I a candidate for surgery?

If you have a receding or weak chin but still can bite and chew normally, you may be a good candidate for surgery. A complete consultation with one of our plastic surgeons will determine whether you are a good candidate.

What happens during surgery?

This outpatient surgery is done under general anesthesia. An incision is made under the chin or inside the mouth to create a pocket through which implants are placed. Your surgeon may use a silicone implant on your chin or use real bone or fat tissue to achieve your desired look. The implant will be attached to the bone using screws or sutures, and the incision will be closed.

What is recovery like?

Patients can expect to feel sore and have some discomfort in the chin area. You can alleviate side effects by following the aftercare instructions thoroughly and using prescription pain medications.

Your chin may feel like it’s stretched out for about a week after surgery. You may experience some numbness for up to three months. Any swelling should resolve within six weeks after surgery.

Patients wonder what they can eat and drink and when they can return to regular activities. You will be on a liquid or soft diet for the first couple of days to limit unnecessary chin movement. Your doctor will remove the bandages after a week, but you may need to wear a brace while you sleep for up to six weeks to protect your chin. While you can resume light activity immediately after surgery, you may not be able to return to work for a week to 10 days.

If you’re interested in learning more about chin augmentation, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation.

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