A strong, well-defined jawline is one of the hallmarks of a balanced, attractive male face. By giving you a custom-fitted chin implant, a skilled cosmetic surgeon can add strength to a weak or recessed chin, improving harmony among your facial features and giving you the manly profile you may currently lack.
What Is Chin Enhancement Surgery?
Chin enhancement surgery, also called genioplasty, is one of the biggest trends in men’s cosmetic surgery today *. The procedure is designed to improve contours of the chin, neck and jawline.
Typically, surgery involves placing an implant on top of your existing chin bone to augment the size and shape of a weak or receding chin and achieve a more naturally attractive balance among your facial features. When performed by a qualified, experienced and board-certified cosmetic surgeon such as San Francisco’s Dr. Michael Kulick, a male chin implant can provide a permanent solution to give you a stronger, more masculine jawline.
Why Should Men Consider Getting a Chin Implant?
Maybe Mother Nature didn’t see fit to give you a chin like Jon Hamm or Johnny Depp. ** If you are self-conscious that your jawline is making you look less manly, or you feel your facial features are imbalanced, a chin enhancement can help you feel more confident in your appearance.
Specifically, chin augmentation can:
- Improve facial harmony by bringing your chin into better proportion with your other features
- Correct a weak or recessed chin
- Improve definition of the neck and jawline
- Help reduce the appearance of a full or “jowly” chin caused by a small chin bone
How to Choose a Facial Cosmetic Surgeon
When you’re having any type of procedure to improve your appearance, you want to know you’ll be in good hands. That’s why one of the most important decisions you will make when considering chin augmentation is who will perform your surgery. You’ll want to choose a surgeon who has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, as well as plenty of experience in facial cosmetic surgery.
When consulting with potential surgeons, ask how many chin augmentation procedures they have performed and whether they are a board-certified plastic surgeon that is a member of the prestigious American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons – ASAPS, and be sure to look at before-and-after photos of other male chin implant patients. The results you see should look natural to each individual patient.
What Is the Chin Implant Surgery Procedure Like?
Chin implant surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, performed using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. First, Dr. Kulick makes an incision for the chin implant that is hidden inside your mouth near the base of your lower front teeth. Through this incision, he will create space for the chin implant and fit it around the chin bone.
Chin implant surgery alone typically takes an hour or less to perform; however, if you are having additional procedures in conjunction with your chin implant surgery, it will increase the length of your procedure time accordingly. Following surgery, Dr. Kulick will close the incision with sutures. You will receive specific, detailed post-operative instructions to help you care for this incision and heal properly.
What Does a Chin Implant Look Like?
Chin implants are small, solid, permanent devices made from a biocompatible material, usually silastic, which is flexible enough to shape around your chin bone. Chin implants vary in size and contour; your cosmetic surgeon will help you choose an implant that will achieve your desired degree of enhancement and provide the most natural-looking result.
When inserted, chin implants feel very similar to a natural chin bone, and when a skilled cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Kulick performs your chin augmentation procedure, it will usually be impossible for people to detect that you have had “work done.”
Recovering From Chin Implant Surgery
Most chin augmentation patients experience relatively little downtime and can return to work and most other daily activities within a week or so after surgery. For most people, discomfort is typically minimal and easy to control with pain medication or cold compresses.
You will need to sleep face up with your head elevated for at least one week after surgery to help control swelling and protect your incision as it heals. You can typically resume strenuous activity within 4-6 weeks after chin augmentation.
Results look close to final within three months after surgery, and will be close to final after six months, when most of the residual swelling has subsided.
Can Chin Augmentation Be Combined With Other Procedures?
While many men choose to have chin implant surgery as a stand-alone procedure, just as often, men opt to combine chin augmentation with other procedures for enhanced results.
- Rhinoplasty and Chin Augmentation – Chin augmentation is often done at the same time as other facial procedures such as a rhinoplasty, or nose job.
- Neck Liposuction and Chin Implants – Men with excess fullness beneath the chin often choose to have neck liposuction alongside their male chin implant surgery. While strengthening the chin will help improve jawline definition on its own, removing excess fat from underneath the chin can further improve the appearance of the lower face and neck.
Now that you know more about chin implants as one of the hottest trends in men’s cosmetic surgery, contact Dr. Kulick’s office to schedule your consultation today.
* Source: mensjournal.com
** Source: CBSnews.com