The chin augmentation procedure is one of the most common procedures performed, and can be performed either alone, or conjunction with another operation. Other operations that are performed simultaneously are a facelift, and/or a rhinoplasty (nasal surgery).
The operation takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The incision for the chin augmentation procedure may be made either through the mouth or through a very small incision placed in the crease under the chin. Dr. Sherman prefers a small incision below the chin which heals quite well.
The chin implant, which is made of silicone, is placed in a small pocket, and secured to the mandible (lower jaw). The incision is then closed, and the resultant small scar is inconspicuous and hardly detectable.
Anesthesia: The chin implant surgery procedure can be performed either under local anesthesia, or sedation if the patient desires to be asleep. If performed under local anesthesia, patients may pre-medicate themselves by taking an oral pain medication half an hour prior to surgery. If intravenous sedation is used, a board certified anesthesiologist will be in the room giving the anesthesia.
Potential complications, as with any operation, are infection, bleeding, and scarring. Infection is exceedingly rare, and if present, the chin implant is simply removed. Other possibilities include injury to either a sensory or motor nerve. Again, this is exceedingly rare and usually temporary, but it can possibly be permanent. Usually, the sensation or motor movement of the muscle returns within 2-3 months.
Since the chin implant is placed within a very small pocket, the other remote possibility is the implant being placed in an improper position. If this occurs, this certainly can be corrected with a small procedure usually taking less than 15 minutes. This is usually noticed within the first week after surgery.
The patient leaves the operating room with tape over the chin to help reduce swelling, and to keep the implant in place. This tape is usually removed approximately 48 hours after surgery. Therefore, the usual time off from work is approximately 48 hours. Sutures, if present, are removed 5 days after surgery.
Note that the best candidates should be at least 20 years old to ensure that the process of bone aging has been completed.
Dr. John Sherman utilizes his extensive surgical expertise and years of experience to produce optimal results for each patient and every procedure. If you would like more information about chin implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to contact our office today.