When you think of a person’s defining facial features, what comes to mind? Often it’s a person’s nose, eyes or mouth. Few people would say that a chin is one of the more noticeable features on a person’s face. But, that’s just the thing — often it is the chin that causes the other features to be noticeable or not.
While it might be a more neglected feature, changing the way your chin looks through chin augmentation, or in some cases by reducing the size of the chin, can have a major impact on the balance and appearance of your face overall.
How Chin Augmentation Balances Your Features
Chin augmentation, which often involves placing an implant to enhance the size of the chin, can help bring balance to the face by making the chin look proportional to two other major features. The first feature is the nose. Many people believe their nose is too large. It might appear too wide or seem to project too much from the face.
But, it might be that the nose is actually well proportioned to the person’s face and it’s actually their chin that is too small. A chin that doesn’t project enough from the face looks as though it is receding and can make a nose look like it projects more than it really does. A chin that is narrow can make a nose look wide in comparison.
The size of the chin can also influence the way the neck looks. When a person has a weak chin or a chin that recedes into the neck, it can make the neck look looser or more jowly. Not having a well-defined chin can actually make a person look like he or she has a double chin, since there’s no definition to the neck. Increasing the projection of the chin helps balance the lower jaw and neck area.
In some cases, a person might have an overly defined or overly large chin, particularly in comparison to the rest of the facial features. While chin augmentation can make other features look smaller by enhancing the chin, a chin reduction procedure is often needed to bring balance to the face when the chin is too large. Reducing the size of the chin helps make the nose look larger and more in proportion to the rest of the face.
What to Expect During Surgery
Surgery to increase or decrease the size of the chin to better balance the facial features is relatively straightforward. The procedure is done under general anesthesia, so a patient will be completely under for it and won’t be able to feel pain or remember the surgery.
Often, to increase the size of the chin, the surgeon makes a small incision beneath the chin. He then places a facial implant into the incision, positioning the implant just beneath the skin. Once the implant is in place, the incision is closed and the procedure is over.
If the patient wishes to balance his or her facial features by reducing the size of the chin, the procedure is slightly different. Instead of placing an implant, the surgeon will decrease the chin’s size by shaving off portions of the bone.
What to Expect After Chin Augmentation
Although chin augmentation is a relatively safe surgery, it does require a fair amount of recovery time. Patients can expect their chin to look worse before it looks better. Bruising, redness and swelling are common side effects from the surgery. Applying cold compresses to the area right after surgery can help keep swelling and bruising to a minimum, though. Some discomfort is to be expect afterwards, too. Many patients are able to manage the discomfort with pain medication.
The good news is that chin augmentation provides permanent results and patients won’t need to go in for touch-ups or secondary procedures, unless they decide that they are unhappy with the implants and wish to have them removed.
Are Non Surgical Options Available?
Not everyone has the time to commit to surgery and recovery or is necessarily healthy enough to undergo surgery to increase the size of their chin. If you’re not sure if you want to commit to surgical chin augmentation, a non-surgical treatment, involving a dermal filler such as Juvederm, can be a temporary solution.
Made out of hyaluronic acid, Juvederm can add volume to the chin area. The results from the injection are instant, but only last for a few months. If you find that you like the way your chin looked with fillers, you can either repeat the treatment as the filler wears off or decide to go ahead with surgery to get a permanent result.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Schwartz offers patients both non-surgical and surgical options for enhancing their chins. If you believe your facial features are out of balance and that your chin’s size has something to do with that, call 561-228-5888 to schedule a consultation about chin augmentation with Dr. Schwartz today.