Chin augmentation serves to enhance the chin either by using dermal fillers or by the use of a chin implant. Both men and women may undergo the procedure to improve facial proportions and achieve a more balance profile. The technique used depends on the expectations and cosmetic goals of the patient.
Types of Chin Augmentation
There are two options that can help improve the chin.
This is a non-surgical type of chin augmentation that can frequently be just as effective as surgery. Board certified plastic surgeon Jonathan Lee, MD, FRCSC uses an injectable filler to create the desired contour and projection. Most patients will go back to work the same day and there is very little down time. The effects of dermal fillers may last up to one year.
This procedure is recommended for patients who want to achieve a more permanent change. Dr. Lee will usually use a silicone-based implant which provides a soft and smooth contour.
Before the Procedure:
During your initial consultation, Dr. Lee will discuss your goals and perform a thorough evaluation of your face. Digital imaging will next be performed to complete your facial analysis. Based on your assessment, Dr. Lee will then help you select an option that will give you a natural result that is most suited to your facial features. Any potential risks and complications will also be discussed at this time.
- More pronounced and defined chin
- Cleaner and sharper neck line with stronger chin
- Improvement in severity of jowls
- Achieves a more balanced profile
Dr. Jonathan Lee (MD, FRCSC) is an experienced, Canadian and New York fellowship-trained Plastic Surgeon based in Calgary. Well-established, he is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
- Implant surgery takes about one hour to complete and is performed under general anesthesia.
- Dr. Lee will make a small incision along the crease underneath the chin. Through this limited incision, a pocket for the implant is created just above the bone.
- The implant is next placed into the pocket and secured in place. Occasionally, sculpting of the implant is required in order to ensure an exact fit with an individual’s anatomy.
- The incision is then closed with dissolvable stitches and a light dressing is applied.
- This procedure is often combined with a neck lift, facelift and neck fat reduction for optimal results.
- Most patients are able to go home right after the procedure and it will be necessary for someone to drive you home. You will also be given a detailed post-op instruction list to follow during your recovery.
After the Surgery:
Following the operation, it is not uncommon for patients to experience the following:
- Mild pain or a slight burning sensation along the incision and chin area. Dr. Lee will prescribe you a pain reliever. After several days, Tylenol is usually sufficient for any discomfort.
- Swelling and bruising is normal and will usually resolve over several weeks. Cold compresses in addition to Arnica pills can be used to speed up the process.
- Your incision will usually take about 1 week to heal. It will initially be red and visible but will then fade to a fine white line hidden within the skin crease under the chin.
- Most patients can return to work after one week. Exercise and full activity can usually be resumed by two weeks.
- Dr. Lee will typically see you 5-7 days after the surgery for stitch removal. At this time, he will also provide you with detailed scar care instructions. The next visits will be after 6 weeks, 3 months, and 1 year.
Long Term Results
Although there is a small risk of prominent ear recurrence, results from chin implant surgery are typically life-long. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skin care regimen are strongly recommended to help patients get the most longevity out of their surgery results.