The jawline, when well defined, is the cornerstone of a balanced and attractive face, as explained by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Thus, when an individual’s chin is under-projected or weak, chin augmentation involves surgically placing an implant into the chin to enhance facial harmony and structure.
At San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Evan Ransom is an expert in chin enhancement (Genioplasty) and augmentation, offering patients a variety of options to achieve balance and facial harmony. Though Dr. Ransom prefers biocompatible chin implants, some results can be achieved using soft tissue fillers. As a rule, Dr. Ransom only performs mandible jaw surgery in extreme cases, given the higher risks to the sensory and motor nerves of the chin and mouth.
If you are considering chin augmentation, the following are a few questions to consider:
Why get a chin implant? When contemplating chin implant surgery, it’s important to understand what you’re trying to achieve and why. Generally, if you are bothered by a recessed or “weak” chin, or if you feel as though your facial features are not proportionate, chin augmentation can help you feel more confident and balanced. Moreover, a chin implant improves the definition of the neck and jawline, and also reduces the appearance of a double chin.
How is chin augmentation performed? Depending on the method used, chin implant surgery is typically an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, unless it is combined with other cosmetic services. A small incision is made beneath the chin or inside of the mouth, creating space for the implant. The implant is then molded around the chin bone.
How long will results last? Chin implants are permanent, and will not be affected by the body’s natural aging process.
What are the risks? As with any surgery, there are risks such as infection, internal bleeding, scarring and side effects from anesthesia. Specifically, with a chin augmentation, there is a slight risk that the implant will shift. However, choosing an experienced and highly skilled facial plastic surgeon significantly reduces these risks.
Dr. Evan Ransom chooses modern implant designs that help patients achieve their unique aesthetic goals. Most importantly, Dr. Ransom tailors treatment according to each patient. To discuss your options for chin enhancement in the Bay area, contact San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgery today.
Posted on behalf of San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery