Tampa Chin Implants or Chin Augmentation
The Jaw line has always been an important aspect of facial beauty. This combined with the eyes and cheeks form the most photogenic features of the face. Chin augmentation surgery or genioplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that serves to correct a small or shortened chin to improve facial proportions. Chin augmentation surgery, may be performed using chin implants or by advancing the underlying bone.
Chin surgery allows for improvement of the symmetry of the face by shaping and contouring the jaw. This helps to produce a rejuvenated, youthful facial profile. Furthermore a small or recessed chin is often regarded as a "weak" chin, and surgery to correct this can significantly improve the perception of and overall appearance of patients.
Reasons for Considering Chin Augmentation Surgery:
- Enlarge or lengthen a recessed or short chin
- Improve facial proportions and profile when chin lacks definition
- Improve the appearance of the neck because of a lack of chin projection
The Chin Augmentation Procedure
In chin augmentation surgery, a small incision is made below the chin in a convenient skin crease or inside the mouth. Next a pocket is dissected just in front of the recessed bone in order to accommodate a specialized silicone chin implant. Depending on the dimensions of the chin that need to be improved, the implant selected may be varied in height, width and projection to produced the desired effect.
Another approach to chin augmentation is by advancing the bone itself to the desired position. This technique also allows the chin to be vertically heightened or shortened in patients with an overly short or long face. Chin surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty.
Chin surgery usually takes anywhere from one to two hours and may be performed under sedation or general anesthesia depending on the approach used. Patients are usually discharged home later the same day when an implant is used, or spend the night when the bone is advanced.
Recovery following Chin Surgery or Augmentation
Immediately after surgery, Dr. Fakhre will apply a special compression bandage in order to reduce the postoperative swelling that occurs. As with all facial surgeries, it is very important to plan for a restful week after your surgery. It is also important to keep your head elevated above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling. This means sleeping on several pillows after surgery.
Dr. Fakhre will usually place absorbable sutures at the time of surgery to close your incision. While complications are rare following chin surgery, they may occur. It is very important to read through your postoperative instruction sheet and follow these instructions as they will help minimize the risk of complications.
To find out if you'd be a good candidate for chin augmentation surgery or genioplasty in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida, schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Fakhre, your Tampa and Wesley Chapel Plastic Surgeon, at 813-PLASTIC (752-7842).
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