You may be a candidate for chin enlargement if you have a small or receding chin. A chin that looks too small in comparison with other facial features and possibly makes the nose appear longer. Chin implants are also appropriate for individuals with a desire for increased chin prominence. A chin implant is intended to give the patient an improved profile, as well as a more attractive jaw line that creates a better balance between the chin and other facial features.
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The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. An incision is made inside the lower lip or under the chin, and an implant is placed. In an alternative method called sliding osteotomy, a portion of the chin bone is permanently moved forward. The patient goes home with a small pressure dressing over the chin. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Swelling, tenderness, and possible local numbness gradually subside within a month or two. Additional procedures that would enhance the result are: liposuction of the neck, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), neck lift, or laser skin resurfacing. Chin enlargement is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. The specific risks and the suitability of a chin enhancement procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.
If you are interested in chin implant plastic surgery or have any questions for Dr. Adams, call 505.327.1754 for a consultation.