Chin Implant / Chin Augmentation

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  Chin implant or chin augmentation is a medical procedure done to enhance the size of chin as well as reshaping it. There are two ways on how this surgical procedure can be performed. LEARN MORE

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Chin Implant / Chin Augmentation

 

Chin implant or chin augmentation is a medical procedure done to enhance the size of chin as well as reshaping it. There are two ways on how this surgical procedure can be performed.

 What is Chin Implant / Chin Augmentation?

Chin implant or chin augmentation is a medical procedure done to enhance the size of chin as well as reshaping it. There are two ways on how this surgical procedure can be performed. One is by inserting an implant and the other is by moving or reshaping bones. 

This surgical procedure can balance the face shape through lengthening and making the chin bigger than the nose. Most common patients for this procedure are those that posses weak or receding chin with normal bite. 

 How is Chin Implant / Chin Augmentation Done? 

This type of surgery is done inside the surgeon’s office, in hospital or at an outpatient clinic. A patient who would undergo this procedure needs to have x-rays taken for face and chin. This is to make sure that the part of the chin to be operated would be detected. 

 

General anaesthesia would be used in the case of having an implant around the chin. This is used to be free of pain during the rest of the procedures. The surgeon will then make a cut either inside the mouth or outside the chin. This cut will create a pocket in front of the chin bone and under the muscles where implant would be placed. 

 

Implant to be inserted could be made of silicone or real bone or fat tissue. This would be attached to the bones through sutures or screws. These same materials are used in closing the cut.  

 

Chin Implant / Chin Augmentation can also require moving of bones. In this case, there would be a cut made inside the mouth along the lower gum allowing an access to the chin bone. Through the jaw bone, there would be another cut to be made through the use of bone saw or chisel. The jaw bone would then be moved and wired in place. Unlike the other procedure, cut here would then be closed through stitches and bandage. This procedure usually lasts for 1-3 hours. 

 

What are its Possible Risks and Complications? 

There is only a minimal chance of risks and complications to take place after the performance of Chin Implant / Chin Augmentation. Some of the most common risks and complications encountered by patients of this procedure are as follow:

• Nerve Damage 

• Scarring

• Bruising

• Movement of Implant

• Swelling

• Hair Loss

• Asymmetry

• Damage to Teeth

• Loss of Feeling

• Bone Erosion

 

After the procedure, the patient is subjected to the feeling of discomfort and soreness as well as numbness that can last up to 3 months. However, this can be easily controlled with medication. There is also a possibility of the patient to have stretching sensation over the chin. This could be felt within a week after the operation. Depending on the type of the procedures being done, there would be swelling that would be gone after 6 weeks. Patient can return to the usual daily activities after 7-10 days from the day of procedure.

 

References: 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002986.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/surgery/chin-augmentation/overview.html

http://www.aboutplasticsurgery.com/face/chin/possible-risks-and-complications-of-chin-augmentation/

 

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