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The chin is as essential as the eyes and nose to the overall appearance of one’s face. A pronounced chin is a conspicuous factor in the masculine face. Additionally, more and more modern women are seeking out well-defined chins and noses than before.
Chin augmentation can make for a more proportional profile by lending strength to a poorly-defined chin, eliminating any skin folds located under the lower lip or making a narrow chin wider. The bone itself can be pushed forward or backward, narrowed or widened, shortened or lengthened, to allow for nearly endless options. A large array of implant forms and substances can be used to reshape the chin to its most pleasing delineation.
Chin Augmentation Cost
Chin augmentation starts at $4,500 at Bella Cosmetic Surgery. For an exact estimate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiaramonte today. During your consultation, Dr. Chiaramonte will work to understand your goals and help you determine if a chin augmentation is right for you.
What Procedures Complement Chin Enhancement?
Your chin augmentation can be further enhanced by a facelift, laser skin resurfacing, endoscopic surgery (facial rejuvenation), a forehead lift, a rhinoplasty (nose surgery), or an eyelid lift—all available from Bella Cosmetic Surgery.
To learn more about chin augmentation, Maryland and North Virginia residents can visit our office in National Harbor, Maryland, serving Alexandria and other Northern Virginia towns. Request a consultation online or call the office at 301-567-6767.
How is Chin Implant Surgery Performed?
Chin implant surgery is a common way to enhance the shape and size of the chin. This procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery. You may receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. During the brief procedure, Dr. Chiaramonte makes an incision near the chin. This may be inside the mouth or just under the chin where there is a natural crease. He then creates a pocket for the implant beneath the muscle but over the chin bone. The implant will form around the bone, keeping it stable. Incisions are closed with stitches. If you receive an external incision, a small bandage will also be applied. The entire procedure is usually done in an hour or less.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Chin Augmentation Surgery?
Your chin augmentation recovery is a unique experience that will be affected by several factors, including the procedure or combination of procedures you have done. That said, a general guideline for your recovery is as follows:
Initially, your chin will be covered with a dressing and possibly also a compression garment that wraps around your head. You can expect to feel sore and tender. Your chin and lower face may feel tight, as well, when you talk and move. Taking your prescription medication as directed, these side effects can be well-managed. So as not to disrupt the chin, especially if your incision has been made inside the mouth, you may keep a liquid diet for a couple of days. If your incision is made externally, beneath the chin, you may follow a soft food diet. This can minimize discomfort and also promote the optimal stabilization of the implant within its intended pocket of tissue.
Your initial phase of recovery may last five to 10 days. You may feel well enough to return to work and light activities after four to five days. You must avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks. By that time, you might be cleared to resume your normal activities. Your cosmetic results will be visible to some degree around that time, as well. Keep in mind that it can take up to six weeks for the last little bit of swelling to disappear. It is at that time that you'll appreciate the full effects of your procedure.
Will it Be Obvious that I've Had Chin Augmentation?
Your chin augmentation is designed to look completely natural. Dr. Chiaramonte begins your treatment plan with a thorough examination of your facial anatomy and an explanation of the appropriate augmentation options. He'll listen to your goals and concerns and will create your surgical plan around them. His training and experience enable him to discern the characteristics that will look most natural on your face. For example, in general, chin augmentation in men is devised to create a stronger, more angular jawline. Women's chin augmentation also enhances size and projection but with a bit more softness.
Can a Chin Implant Move?
It is unlikely that your chin implant will move. However, there is a very slight chance of this happening during your short recovery period while the body is encapsulating the implant over the chin bone. Taking care not to rub or bump the chin, you can expect your implant to stabilize in place as it was inserted. Once you've healed from surgery, your implant should remain in its intended position indefinitely. In the unlikely event that your implant shifts out of place during your post-operative period, Dr. Chiaramonte can correct this issue.