What Are Chin Implants?

Chin implants are customizable prosthetic devices that are surgically implanted into the chin area to enhance and/or reshape the structure of the chin. They are made of a variety of materials, including silicone, polyethylene, and Gore-Tex. Chin implants are typically recommended for individuals who wish to improve the appearance of a weak or receding chin, or to balance out their facial features.

Benefits of Chin Implants

Chin implant surgery is an impactful procedure that can provide all of the following benefits:

  • Improved facial balance
  • Enhanced jawline definition
  • Boosted self-confidence
  • Long-lasting, natural-looking results
  • Customizable procedure
  • Improved profile appearance
  • Enhanced chin size and shape

What to Expect During the Chin Implant Procedure

Prior to your chin implant procedure, you’ll need to sit down for a private consultation with Dr. Poulos. During this meeting, she will take the time to learn about your specific aesthetic goals as well as your health and medical history. She will also answer any questions you may have and work with you to devise a treatment plan that’s custom-tailored to your needs. This will include selecting the type, size, and shape of your new chin implant.

Your chin implant surgery will be an outpatient procedure performed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Dr. Poulos will start by making a small incision either under your chin or inside your mouth, depending on the type of implant you’re getting. Through this incision, she will create a pocket in your chin to hold the implant.

Once the pocket is created, the doctor will carefully insert your customized chin implant and position it to achieve your desired result. After the implant is in place, she will close the incision with sutures or surgical tape. If the incision was made inside your mouth, dissolvable sutures may be used.

Overall, the procedure will take around 60 to 90 minutes, and you’ll need to stick around for monitoring for a couple of hours after it’s finished. You can then have a friend or family member drive you home.

What Is the Recovery Like After Chin Implant Surgery?

After your chin implant surgery, you will experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling in the treated area. If needed, Dr. Poulos will prescribe pain medication to help alleviate your discomfort during recovery. You can also reduce the swelling by sleeping with your head elevated and periodically applying a cold pack. During your recovery, you may also need to wear a compression garment or bandage around your chin and neck to help reduce swelling and promote healing. 

Most patients can return to their normal routines around a week after chin implant surgery. However, it’s important to avoid strenuous activity and exercise for at least three or four weeks to allow your body to heal properly.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Chin Implant Surgery?

If you’re an adult who would like to achieve a stronger, more sculpted chin and jawline, you could be a good candidate for chin implant surgery. Typically, the best candidates for the procedure are interested in enhancing their overall facial balance by attaining a more shapely and defined chin. To be an ideal candidate for the procedure, it’s also important that you meet the following requirements:

  • Be in generally good physical health
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure
  • Not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Be a non-smoker or willing to temporarily quit

Why Choose Dr. Poulos for Your Chin Implant Surgery?

Selecting the right plastic surgeon for your chin implant procedure is imperative for achieving the superb results that you deserve. Dr. Cynthia Poulos is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in the medical industry. She and her dedicated team of aesthetic professionals go above and beyond to provide every patient with a comfortable experience, a personalized care plan, and exceptional, natural-looking results. If you’d like to learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulos, contact our office today.

Dr. Cynthia Poulos, MD

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