What is a Chin Augmentation?
The chin is a crucial element in achieving an attractive, proportionate-looking face. Much like the eyes and lips, the difference a chin can make in the way that we perceive ourselves – and others – is hard to deny. Many patients choose to have facial chin augmentation either because they were born with a “weak jawline” or have developed a recessed chin with aging.
There are two ways that our plastic surgeons in Reno can perform your surgical procedure. A chin augmentation without chin implants reshapes the chin by using the patient’s own tissue to increase chin prominence. Chin implant surgery helps strengthen and increase the prominence of the chin, restoring facial harmony with balanced facial features.
Chin augmentation surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in our Reno surgery center under general anesthesia. They can be performed using your own tissue or an implant. When a chin augmentation is performed with your own tissue, an incision is usually made on the inside of the mouth along the lower gum, while another incision is made under the chin. The chin bone may then be moved forward and secured into the new position, sitting more prominently forward.
Chin surgery can also be performed with implants and involves a small incision inside the mouth or outside the mouth and under the chin. This creates a pocket for the implant to be inserted in front of the chin bone and under the muscle. In each case, the surgical procedures can take up to an hour and a half with an additional hour of recovery time before leaving the Reno surgery center.
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Recovery & Results
Depending on your profession and need for personal discretion, you may need to allow seven to ten days before returning to work. Swelling and bruising are to be expected for a week, and stitches also remain in for a week. During this time, you may need to wear a compression garment and eat a soft diet. Keeping your head elevated and avoiding strenuous activity will also help reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
Full results are expected in eight to 12 weeks. After your chin enhancement, you can expect a more prominent chin and proportioned facial features.
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We evaluate and treat patients who desire a chin augmentation in Reno or Tahoe at our two office locations. Chin augmentation can also be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures for more dramatic facial rejuvenation.
If you want to improve the look of your receding chin and enhance your facial profile, schedule a consultation today with facial plastic surgeons Dr. Timothy and Jennifer Janiga.