Chin augmentation is not talked about as much as other cosmetic procedures, but it can play an important role in achieving facial balance and boosting your self-esteem. When a chin is too large or too small, it can impact your other features and leave you dissatisfied with your appearance. If you are considering chin augmentation to refine and sculpt your chin, you will likely have questions, especially about the recovery process.
Read on to find out answers to your pressing questions about chin augmentation.
How Does Chin Augmentation Work?
You can choose to augment your chin with a chin implant or by repositioning and reshaping your jawbones. If you opt for chin implants, your plastic surgeon will make an incision inside the mouth behind the lower lip. While using a chin implant is a popular option, it requires the skill of an experienced plastic surgeon who can expertly supervise the creation of an implant that fits your anatomy and will complement your facial features.
If your procedure involves reshaping your existing jawbones, a surgery called sliding genioplasty, your plastic surgeon will make an incision inside your mouth along the lower gum. Once they have access to the bone, they will reposition it to achieve a better orientation. For a deeper dive into sliding genioplasty, read this post from the National Library of Medicine.
How Long Is the Recovery Process for Chin Augmentation?
Your recovery process for both chin implants and sliding genioplasty will be around 2 to 3 weeks. During the first few days, you will need to be on a liquid or soft food diet as chewing might be uncomfortable. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medications you can take for discomfort.
You might experience swelling, tightness, and tenderness in your chin area during the first few weeks. Most individuals can return to work after 1 week and resume their normal routine after 10 days.
How Soon Can I See Results From My Chin Augmentation?
You will start to see results from your chin augmentation around the 2- to 3-week mark. However, your full results may be obscured due to swelling. It will take around 6 weeks for the swelling to abate enough that you can see the final results of your chin augmentation.
Can I Combine Chin Augmentation With Any Other Procedures?
A facelift or neck lift will pair well with a chin augmentation. A facelift tightens sagging jowls, and a neck lift smooths the neck area to optimize your chin augmentation results. Some people also combine their chin augmentation with rhinoplasty to fully balance their facial features. Check with your plastic surgeon if you are a good candidate to combine these procedures.
When undergoing a chin augmentation, most people want subtle results that will enhance their other features. Our patients are thrilled with their new, sculpted chins as you can see in these before and after photos. Please request a consultation or call us at (415) 441-1888 to schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for chin augmentation.