Modern beauty standards consider a well-defined chin and jawline to be an ideal for both men and women. * However, many people are dissatisfied with the appearance of their chin because it may be weak, receding or out of balance with their other facial features, or the demarcation separating the chin from the neck isn’t clear enough in profile. As a result, chin implants have become an increasingly popular cosmetic surgical procedure.
People who are struggling with self-confidence issues due to the appearance of their chin can benefit greatly from a chin augmentation procedure. This surgery is a relatively straightforward technique that more than 16,000 Americans ** opted to undergo in 2017, according to data from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
If you’ve been considering chin augmentation surgery for yourself, it’s vital to become a well-educated patient, and that means learning how to separate fact from fiction. Here’s a guide to some of the most important things you should know about the benefits of chin implant surgery and chin augmentation.
1. The incisions are discreet.
A physician who is highly experienced at chin augmentation surgery will prioritize making small incisions that result in minimal scarring. San Francisco-based Dr. Michael Kulick hides chin implant incisions inside the mouth, near the base of your bottom front teeth.
2. Chin implants permanently alter the projection of your chin.
In chin implant surgery, the doctor will insert a flexible silicone implant on top of the bone. Though chin implants are made with a biocompatible material, your body will not break them down over time. That means your benefits of chin implant surgery will be permanent. While skin fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can provide a temporary improvement, the best way to provide a permanent improvement is via an implant or actually moving the lower portion of the mandible bone – chin – forward.
3. Chin implants can be subtle.
If you’re considering enhancing your chin, you may be worried it will be too obvious that you had “work done.” Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of revealing that they altered their faces surgically, and if you’re one of those people, you may be wondering if it’s possible to get this surgery without having to flaunt the results to the world. The good news is that chin implants are available in a variety of sizes to work in harmony with different facial anatomy.
A skilled cosmetic surgeon can help you choose the right implant for your face shape that will appear natural and only subtly change your look. The goal of a good chin implant is to provide aesthetically pleasing results without looking “overdone.” That’s why even small changes can create a big impact when it comes to this type of procedure.
4. Both women and men can experience the benefits of chin implant surgery.
Our culture places a lot of value on a strong, chiseled chin and jaw for men. However, the truth is women are just as likely as men to have weak chins that leave their profiles looking unbalanced. Patients of both genders can benefit equally from achieving a greater facial harmony by augmenting their chins based on the final decision between the patient and the doctor.
5. Chin implant surgery can help improve your self-esteem.
In the same way you might alter your hair color and style and wear makeup and stylish clothes, facial plastic surgery can enhance your self-esteem. Most people want others to find them nice-looking and likeable, but it can be hard to feel good about yourself if there is some aspect of your appearance that doesn’t fit the way you want to look. However, when you’re pleased with the face you present to the world, it can be much easier to feel confident and attractive.
6. You can opt to combine chin surgery with other procedures.
Many patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their chin or jaw are also unhappy with other aspects of their face, such as their nose. For these people, it is possible for a talented surgeon such as Dr. Kulick to perform a chin augmentation in conjunction with additional procedures such as a rhinoplasty or facelift. Combining surgeries is a good approach for patients who have multiple issues or concerns they want to address, since it eliminates the need for multiple separate recovery processes.
7. Recovery time is relatively short.
Though recovery following a chin implant varies according to the individual, many patients find they feel well enough to return to work within 1-3 weeks after their surgery. It really depends on the patient’s need to not display evidence of post-operative swelling. The most common side effect is swelling, which will go down in approximately two to three months. You will see the best results reveal themselves over the next three to six months. Keep in mind, you should expect to have a longer recovery time if you choose to combine your chin surgery with other cosmetic procedures.
Schedule Your Chin Augmentation Consultation Today
If nature and genetics didn’t give you the face shape you really want, it’s time to consult with a knowledgeable, experienced facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Kulick has been providing outstanding results to patients in San Francisco for more than 20 years. He uniquely combines his surgical expertise with the attention to detail of an artist.
Dr. Kulick earned board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the highest authority of plastic surgery in the United States. He has also published numerous articles in medical and professional journals, and provides lectures that allow him to share his expertise in cosmetic surgery with a broader audience. Call 415-956-2550 or use this easy online contact form to make an appointment for your chin augmentation consultation.
* Source: dailymail.co.uk, May 2017
** Source: plasticsurgery.org, March 2018