Chin Augmentation in Chattanooga

Chin augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can help improve the look of your face. It can increase the size or shape of your chin to provide a more balanced, symmetrical appearance. It’s a popular procedure for people who are unhappy with the size or shape of their chin or for those who want to create a more defined jawline.

Pre-Jowl and Chin Augmentation

A well-positioned chin makes the entire chin jaw line appear sharper, the neck looks more defined, and the nose looks smaller if it is too prominent.

Pre-jowl Implant

This implant fills in the pre-jowl sulcus, the indentation along the jaw-line so that the jowl is less apparent, and it can make a face look more youthful.  The combination of the jowl and pre-jowl sulcus changes the overall shape of the face from a youthful oval shape to the aging shape of a square. It does not increase chin projection.

Chin Pre-Jowl Implant

This is for individuals with small or receding chins that often result in the loss of definition between the face and the neck. The pre-jowl chin implant creates a distinct strong chin separated from the neck and a clean jawline.

Either of these implants is inserted through a one-inch incision hidden under the chin. These may be performed on isolated procedures or in conjunction with facelifts, rhinoplasties, or other procedures.

Chin Augmentation Before and After Photos

Ideal Chin Implant Candidate

When considering chin augmentation, the ideal candidate should have a generally healthy lifestyle and realistic expectations about the procedure. The ideal candidate should have a well-defined jawline and facial features that can be enhanced with a chin implant. Chin implants add projection to the chin or reduce a prominent chin.

The ideal chin implant candidate should also have enough skin laxity and underlying bone structure to support a chin implant. Patients with adequate skin laxity may not require skin tightening procedures. Additionally, the patient should have good oral hygiene and health.

Ideal candidates for chin augmentation are typically in their twenties, as younger patients usually have more skin elasticity. However, chin implants can be successfully performed on patients of all ages who meet the ideal criteria.

A chin implant will not necessarily change the entire appearance of your face but rather provide subtle enhancements that can give better balance and symmetry. Discussing your needs and expectations with your surgeon will ensure that you get the desired results from the procedure. 

Chin Implant Types

Chin augmentation surgery is designed to improve the appearance of the chin, which can be done with the use of a chin implant. There are several different types of chin implants available.

Silicone implants are the most common type of chin implant for augmentation surgery. These implants are composed of a soft silicone material, which is safe and effective for use in chin augmentation. Silicone implants provide an overall uniform shape to the chin, as well as provide a subtle definition to the chin profile.

The Mentoplasty chin implant is a special type of chin implant that is used to create a more prominent jawline or chin. This implant is often used to improve the aesthetic appearance of the face. The Mentoplasty chin implant is made of a hard material that provides a firm, defined chin line and also allows for easy shaping and contouring.

The Extended Anatomical chin implant is designed to provide a natural-looking chin augmentation. It is made of a softer, more pliable material than traditional chin implants, making it easier to mold and shape according to the patient’s desired outcome. The Extended Anatomical Chin Implant is also designed to give a subtle definition to the entire chin area.

Fat transfer is another option for chin augmentation. This procedure involves taking fat from another area of the body and injecting it into the chin area. Fat transfer is often used in combination with other methods of chin augmentation, such as the Mentoplasty Chin Implant. The benefit of using fat transfer is that it provides natural results, as the fat comes from the patient’s own body.

These are the most common types of chin implants available for chin augmentation surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of each type of implant and recommend one that best fits your individual needs and goals.

Chin Augmentation Before & After Gallery

Be sure to view our Before and After Photo Gallery of Implants to see real patient results at Shire Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Recovery After Chin Augmentation Surgery

Recovery after chin augmentation surgery is generally quick and easy. The average recovery time for a chin implant in Chattanooga is two to four weeks. During this time, you should expect some swelling and bruising, and pain can be managed with medication. 

It is important to follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions to ensure the best possible outcome. This will usually include the following:

  • Take prescribed medications as directed by your surgeon.
  •  Keep your head elevated when lying down or sleeping.
  • Avoid strenuous activity or any activities that involve bending over or lifting heavy objects for at least two weeks after the procedure.
  • Keeping the area around the incision clean and dry.
  • Refraining from applying any pressure to the chin implant site until your doctor tells you it’s safe to do so.
  • Wearing a compression chin strap as instructed by your surgeon.

In some cases, you may also need to wear a facial wrap for up to five days following surgery. Your doctor will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your chin implant in Chattanooga and what to expect during your recovery period.

After your initial recovery period, it is important to protect your chin implant from damage by wearing a protective helmet while participating in contact sports. While rare, complications are possible and can include infection, nerve damage, displacement of the implant, or allergic reaction to the implant material. If any of these occur, contact your physician immediately. With proper care, most implants last many years without any issues.

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Chin Implant Cost

When considering any cosmetic procedure, cost is always a primary concern for patients. Chin augmentation with a chin implant is generally a very affordable option, and the exact cost can vary from patient to patient.

In some cases, chin implants may be covered by insurance. However, it is important to speak to your insurance provider in advance to understand any potential coverage and out-of-pocket costs that may be associated with this procedure. Additionally, many plastic surgeons offer payment plans or financing options to make it easier for patients to afford the surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does chin augmentation last?

Chin implants are a permanent procedure, and the results will typically last a lifetime. However, there can be some slight variation in chin implants that use bone instead of silicone. The bone that is in any part of your body is sometimes resorbed by the body. Resorption occurs when your body breaks down the bone to use the minerals and returns to the bloodstream resulting in less bone mass and volume. This process is regularly happening to bones throughout your body. While it can occur to the bone in chin augmentations, the amount of bone that is resorbed is typically very minor and usually doesn’t impact your appearance at all. In contrast, chin augmentations that utilize silicone do not resorb. As with all surgeries, it will take your body some time to heal, so you won’t be able to really see the final results of your procedure for a few months until healing is complete. 

What is the best age to get a chin implant?

Chin implants can be performed at any age, depending on the person’s needs. Typically, the best age to get a chin implant is in your late teens or early twenties. However, chin augmentation can be performed at any age. There are several factors to consider about your age, your general health, and the goals of your procedure. It is important to talk with your doctor about your goals and your current health. 

Is it better to get a chin implant or filler?

Both chin implants and dermal fillers can provide a more defined jawline. There are specific benefits and drawbacks to each approach, so it is important to talk with your doctor to determine what is the best solution for your needs. Dermal fillers are temporary measures that will fade with time. These can be a great option for several patients because they are typically less expensive, and individuals can see what they would look like without having the complete procedure. Additionally, fillers may be a beneficial approach for an individual who wants a very subtle change in their appearance. However, dermal fillers may not last as long as a chin implant, and they may need to be replaced more often. In contrast, a chin augmentation is a permanent procedure that can help you get exactly the results you want without having to return to the office every few months or years. A chin implant can also provide dramatic results for individuals to help you achieve your goals. 

Will a chin implant define my jawline?

Yes, chin implants can help define the shape of your jawline and create a more balanced facial profile. It is important to understand your goals and some of the limitations that can be faced. That is why we work closely with our patients to ensure that we provide a clear picture of what you want and let you know what you can expect. Part of these conversations is also letting patients know when the look they want can’t be achieved and what we could do instead. Defining the jawline is a common request for individuals seeking chin implants, and our world-class staff works diligently to make sure you get the results you want. 

Can chin implants change face shape?

Yes, chin implants are specifically designed to help change the area around your chin and jawline, but your doctor and medical team will want to help you evaluate how this will make your entire face look. Even minor changes to the shape of your chin can draw out different characteristics on other parts of your face and neck. 

However, we work closely with patients to ensure that our procedures help to balance the proportions of your face, draw out specific characteristics that you like, and improve your overall facial portions. This approach allows our team to create a more balanced look and gives you the illusion of a slimmer face.