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Though most people considering facial plastic surgery are concerned with other areas of their face such as their nose, eyes, and ears, augmentation of the chin is often performed to achieve harmony with other facial features, and is sometimes done in combination with other procedures most frequently with nose surgery.

During a chin augmentation the chin is accentuated through the use of an implant, an injectable paste, or by changing the shape of the bone.  Though most people considering facial plastic surgery are concerned with other areas of their face such as their nose, eyes, and ears, a chin augmentation is often performed to enhance symmetry by creating harmony with other facial features.  One other distinction that separates chin augmentation from many other cosmetic procedures is that it, along with gynecomastia (male breast reduction) surgery and hair transplants, is one of only three procedures performed more frequently on male patients than on female ones.  Augmentation of the chin helps to turn a weak chin to a strong chin.

Corrects: weak or understated chin
Length of Procedure: 30 minutes
Number of Treatments: 1
Longevity: Permanent
Recovery Time: 3-7 days

Before and after

The Transformation

chin implant before and after

How It’s Done

Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation.  The surgeon begins the procedure by making a small incision under the chin or inside the mouth.  Though incisions placed inside the mouth do not create visible scars, the chance of infection is increased, especially if plaque or other oral bacteria is present.  Incision placement should be discussed with your doctor before surgery.

After the incision, the surgeon stretches the tissue to allow for implant insertion.  After the implant, or synthetic paste, is molded into place inside the skin, sutures are used to pull the skin together.  If the chin size is being reduced, the surgeon, after making a similar incision, sculpts the bone of the chin to change the appearance.  Total surgery can last between 1 and 3 hours.

Technology

Since about 1956 chin implants have been used for augmentation.  These days, of course, technology has advanced and there are many different options available: everything from silicone to more porous, flexible, and biocompatible materials.  Now there is even a synthetic paste  that can be used to mold a new chin.  Because there are many different options available you should discuss which type your surgeon prefers and why.  For some, the paste is a less appealing option because the form can change for up to two days, while others have had success.

Recovery / Post Op Expectations

Generally, mild to moderate amount of discomfort may be associated with the surgery. This should be easily controlled with oral medications. Prescription pain medications are commonly prescribed pre-operatively and are commonly sufficient for pain management. Occasionally patients are prescribed a sleep medication for the first 7 to 10 days after the surgery. After the surgery, the surgical site rarely rarely causes significant pain.

The discomfort and pain significantly decrease after 72 hours. Any significant increase in pain after this period should prompt you to call the office. Severe pain is rare; if you experience this, please contact us immediately.

Bruising and swelling are to be expected after the surgery. To minimize the swelling, apply ice packs to the chin and hold them gently over the area as you sleep with your head elevated.  Swelling is self limited and commonly resolves within several days to a week. You should lie with the head elevated for 3 weeks after the surgery.

It is not unusual to have some slightly blood tinged drainage at the site of the incision located underneath the chin for the first few days after surgery. This will most often significantly improve or disappear by the end of the week after surgery.

It is of utmost importance to tell Dr. Dagan ahead of time if you have ever been taking Accutane, receiving radiation therapy to the head or neck or taken steroids or immunosuppressive agents. Immunosuppressed patients (HIV positive, chemotherapy, AIDS, etc) and patients with certain autoimmune disorders are not good candidates for this procedure because of the higher risk of poor healing and infection that can lead to permanent scarring and rejection of the implanted material.

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Here at Dagan MD, we're committed to helping you look and feel your best after undergoing one of our
signature minimally-invasive chin implant surgeries. We take great care to discuss your individual chin implant needs
and come up with a comprehensive surgical plan for you. Our board-certified team of chin implant experts will
work alongside you to envision results with the help of Dr. Tal Dagan's acclaimed 3D printing visualization
techniques. If you choose Dagan MD for your chin implant in NYC, you can rest assured that your recovery time
will be a fraction of the recovery time for traditional chin implant techniques.

Let us help you get started looking and feeling years younger in no time. Call us today at (212) 585-3242
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