Chin implants can be used to correct a number of cosmetic and natural imbalances of the face. It may be undertaken to compliment a larger nose, to create a stronger looking jaw line or perhaps correct a birth defect or damaged caused following an accident. It is also a long-term solution for those who use hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.
Prior to any surgery you will have a consultation with your surgeon who will explore with you the reasons for you wanting to undertake a chin implant and the desired aesthetic outcome. At this stage, other procedures may be suggested to you to be undertaken at the same time as the chin implant in order to achieve the result you require.
A chin implant procedure involves an incision being made either inside your mouth or beneath your chin. Where the incision will be made will be discussed with you during your consultation as well as the size of the implant and the best material to use such as silicone or fat taken from elsewhere on your body. Once the incision has been made a pocket is created in front of your chin bone and beneath the soft tissue and the implant is then inserted. Depending on what material is being used for your implant, the way it is attached is adjusted. With some materials, the resulting pressure created from the pocket where the implant is placed is enough to retain the implant. With other materials it is necessary to use sutures and titanium screws.
Your surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthetic and depending on the techniques needed during your procedure and whether you have elected to undergo additional procedures at the same time will result in which you are advised to have. The surgery will take between 1 and 3 hours and should not require an overnight hospital stay. You should take approximately a week off from work and ensure that you rest and eat well during this time to ensure the healing process has the best start. Your dressings will be removed by the nurse a few days after your surgery who will also address your well-being, answer any questions you may and give you any additional advice should it be necessary. The swelling will begin to decrease after a week and you will able to see your final result in weeks 6 to 8 following the procedure.
Chin implants do not have a set price. You may opt to have other procedures at the same time for example or stay overnight in hospital. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications. These will be discussed with you before any surgery takes place, along with your medical history and you will be provided with comprehensive information in relation to your specific procedure that you can take away and reflect over after your consultation. Don’t forget our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have.