Many women and men have a chin and jawline that is not proportioned to the rest of their face. Augmentation of the chin with an implant can correct a weak chin, give better jaw definition, and improve overall facial proportions.
This procedure is particularly popular among men wish to have a stronger and more masculine chin. Dr. Koehler also commonly performs chin augmentation for women who wish to accentuate their chin and create better proportions. Chin implants come in various shapes and sizes to provide ideal proportions for both men and women.
Are You a Candidate?
Both men and women can make good candidates if they’re over the age of 18 and have a weak or poorly defined chin and jawline. Dr. Koehler can evaluate your particular concern and make appropriate recommendations to correct your proportions. It’s also important to be in good overall physical and mental health, and to have realistic expectations about your results.
If chin surgery is right for you, Dr. Koehler will review the various types of implants and procedures. During your consultation, he will review all of your options to help ensure that you’re a good candidate for a chin implant before proceeding with surgery. You may want to consider combining other facial cosmetic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty or cheek augmentation to achieve better overall facial balance and symmetry.
About Chin Surgery
Dr. Koehler prefers using solid silicone chin implants. These implants are typically placed through a small incision under the chin or inside of the mouth. The implant is secured in place, and once healed will look like your natural jawline. You can expect any external incisions to fade over time so that they will not easily be noticed. During your consultation, Dr. Koehler will go into more detail about the type of implants and discuss which option is more likely to help you meet your cosmetic goals.
What to Expect
The first step in chin implant surgery is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Koehler. During your appointment, he will perform a physical examination and talk with you about your goals for surgery. The consult is a great time to ask any questions you may have about your surgery or recovery.
Chin implant procedures are typically performed while you are asleep under anesthesia. Dr. Koehler makes a small incision under the chin and places the implant. The incision will be covered with some tape for 1 week, and during this time you can expect mild bruising and swelling. Occasionally, patients will have some temporary numbness of the lower lip and chin. Also, the muscles that move the lower lip and chin may not appear to move normally for a period of time. Once healed, all nerve and muscle function should return to normal.
This is an outpatient procedure and patients will be sent home the day of surgery to begin their recovery. Our patients are scheduled to return to the office in 7 to 10 days to have their dressings removed. Expect that you will be ready to resume normal activity in a week and any discomfort is typically controlled well with oral medications.
Risks and Complications
The risks associated with chin implant surgery include those that are possible with any major surgery, including bleeding or infection. Temporary numbness of the lip and chin may last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Dr. Koehler will go over all of the risks and benefits with you before your surgery so that you’re fully informed about what to expect.
Your New Look
You should see a difference right away after your surgery, although your final results will initially be disguised by post-op swelling. You can expect to feel sore for a few days but most patients are off all pain medication within the first week. Over time, your scar should continue fading and become less noticeable. A chin implant is a relatively simple procedure that can provide an amazing self-confidence boost with minimal recovery.