Not everyone is happy with the size or shape of their chin. Those who desire a more prominent chin often visit Main Line Plastic Surgery for a chin implant, which can be performed by board-certified surgery Dr. Raymond D. Jean on patients in Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, Bryn Mawr, and other nearby areas in Pennsylvania.
What Is a Chin Implant?
Also known as a chin augmentation, this surgery involves adding artificial implants to change the size or shape of the chin. Many patients desire a chin implant to provide them with a more prominent chin, reduce a receding chin, or restore the chin after an accident or illness.
To be a good candidate for a chin implant, you must first have enough skin to support one. You should also be in fairly good health, with no underlying conditions that would prohibit you from receiving anesthesia. Those who are happiest with their results have a positive attitude and a realistic expectation as to what they can accomplish through a chin augmentation.
Planning Your Chin Implant Surgery
We will take measurements of your chin and allow you to look at the various different implants to choose the right one. You will also be provided with a list of medications and supplements to avoid in the two-week period leading up to your surgery.
See before-and-after photos of chin implants.
How Is a Chin Implant Performed?
By making a small pocket of tissue in your chin, which will hold the implant in place. Your inner tissues will be sewn together tightly to keep the implant secure and prevent it from shifting. Finally, Dr. Jean will stitch your outer skin closed using dissolvable stitches whenever possible. A chin implant takes between 60 and 90 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia.
What to Expect* after a Chin Implant
Immediately following surgery, your chin may look more pronounced than you had imagined. This is largely due to swelling and is completely normal. Over the next few days, the swelling will gradually go down, and you will then be able to view your final results.
Recovering from a Chin Implant
Patients often notice itching, redness, and swelling near their incision site. These symptoms are normally rather mild, and should not interfere with your daily activities. Adding a moisturizing cream may help reduce dry skin and itchiness, and over-the-counter medication may also be used to alleviate swelling.
Your chin says a lot about you. If your chin isn’t making the right statement, perhaps it is time for augmentation. Call Main Line Plastic Surgery at 484-222-0010 to schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon today.
* Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the procedure, and the aftercare program.