An underdeveloped chin is frequently associated with a profile imbalance, and if out of proportion with the rest of the facial features a face can look unusual. Chin augmentation can help to even out the proportions of the face, and someone who is sensitive about their looks can go about day to day activities again without feeling self conscious. The chin augmentation procedure is undertaken as a method of increasing the profile the chin.
Chin augmentation is a simpler and much less painful alternative to cutting the jaw bone itself (sliding genioplasty). The implants are made of solid, moulded silicone, which gives the most natural looking result.
The surgery takes about an hour and is carried out under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation. Small incisions are made either inside the lower lip, which conceals scarring, or just underneath the chin to minimise visible scarring. A pocket is then created over the front of your jawbone and the implant is inserted. The implant will be specially selected to the correct size and shape to give you your desired results.
An overnight stay in the Hospital is usually required. A bandage is worn over the incision site for 7 days, to prevent infection, and on the 7th day it is necessary to return to the hospital for a post operative check. It is often difficult to eat because of all the movement required, therefore it is advised to drink liquid food, like soup, for the first few days, which will give the chin a chance to rest. The chin will feel numb for a couple of days, during which time swelling and bruising may develop and last for up to 2 weeks.
It is advised that 7-10 days is taken off work and any activity that could result in accidental bumps to the chin be avoided for avoided for 2-3 weeks. It is necessary to come in for a pre-operative assessment at the hospital about a week prior to surgery. This usually takes about 30 minutes and will be carried out by our Registered Medical Officer (RMO). It is also important to make time for all post-operative consultations.
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