Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought that your nose looked too large for your face? Instead of placing all the blame on your nose, did you know that in some cases, it might be your chin’s fault? If you have a weak chin or a small chin, it can make the rest of your facial features look too big or disproportionate to your face. Before you decide to talk to a plastic surgeon about rhinoplasty to change your nose, consider whether or not a chin implant might be the better option for you.
What Is a Chin Implant?
A chin implant is a way to permanently augment, or increase the size of, the chin. During the surgery, an incision is made either below the chin or inside the lip. An implant, often made of silicone, is inserted into the opening before the incision is closed up.
Pro: Makes Your Face Look Balanced
One of the big benefits of a chin implant is that it improves the symmetry of the face. It can also improve the appearance of your profile, by giving your chin more definition. The surgery can be performed along with rhinoplasty to create overall balance, or it can be performed on its own if a patient believes his or her nose is too big.
In some cases, the opposite of a chin implant may be needed to bring balance to the facial features. If your nose looks small, it might be because your chin is very large and prominent. In that case, your surgeon might recommend chin surgery to reduce the size of the area. Chin reduction usually involves shaving off or removing part of the chin bone.
Pro: The Procedure Is Relatively Simple
Another advantage of chin implant surgery, especially compared to procedures such as rhinoplasty, is that it is fairly easy to perform. The surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, using sedation or general anesthesia. It often takes less than two hours from start to finish.
Pro: The Implant Is Customizable
Chin implants come in a number of shapes and sizes. Your plastic surgeon will help you find the one that works best on your face and that provides the most ideal results. While many implants are made of silicone, there are a number of different materials available, if you find that you don’t like the look or feel of silicone.
Con: You Will Need to Recover From It
A disadvantage of chin augmentation is that it is a surgical procedure, and you will need time to recover from it. Right after the surgery, you might have some swelling and bruising, as well as discomfort in your chin area. It is also common for people to feel numbness in the area for some time after the procedure.
Usually, patients take about a week off from work following a chin augmentation. It’s then usually another few weeks before they go back to vigorous activities, such as hitting the gym. While the worst of the swelling and bruising usually fades within a few days, it can take several months before the final results of the surgery are fully visible.
Con: The Implant May Not Be Enough
While some patients can opt for a chin implant instead of another surgery, such as rhinoplasty, for others, an implant might not be enough to give them the appearance they want. In that case, a patient might consider both an implant and rhinoplasty to better balance the face, or an implant and another facial procedure, such as a facelift, to reduce the signs of aging.
Additionally, not everyone is a candidate for an implant or chin augmentation. As with all plastic surgeries, the procedure is only recommended for people who are in very good health.
A board certified plastic surgeon can help you weigh the pros and cons of chin augmentation and decide if it’s the surgery for you. A plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Schwartz, is able to evaluate the structure of your face and your past medical history to make the best recommendation for you. To learn more about your surgical options or to explore the idea of a chin implant further, contact Dr. Schwartz’s practice, in West Palm Beach, Florida, today. Call 561-228-5888 for an appointment.