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Chin | Cheek Implant

Cheek | Chin Implant in sarasota, FL

A weak or recessive chin can be improved with a chin implant. At Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL offers chin augmentation, which is a cosmetic procedure that uses an implant to enhance the contours of the chin while strengthening the jawline. Chin augmentation is a common procedure for both men and women and results in a natural and improved appearance. Chin augmentation surgery can be performed to supplement a nose procedure or to balance and improve the contours of the cheeks, or other areas on the face. Chin implants are generally inserted within a chin pocket that is created along the lower border of the jaw to strengthen its features. Synthetic implants are typically made of a solid silicone material, and come in different sizes and shapes that can be matched to the patient’s aesthetic goals and personal preferences. 

Cheek | Chin Implant in sarasota, FL

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Your Guide to Chin Augmentation

how is chin augmentation performed?

During chin augmentation, the implant is positioned over the bone below the lips. A pocket is created, which will hold the prosthesis in place. Sometimes the bone is shaved to create a groove for the implant. Incisions are commonly placed in two areas that can easily conceal scars – on the underside of the chin or inside the lip, just between where the lower lip meets the gum. The results after this procedure are almost always positive for patients. An experienced surgeon will create subtle results, yet dramatic enough to make a significant improvement to a person’s self-esteem.

What can I expect during and after chin augmentation?

Chin implant surgery may use either a local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on the surgical case. The procedure is performed in a surgical facility. It may last up to 2 hours. A liquid diet is usually recommended in the first 3 days to avoid any pressure around the chin as the sutures are sensitive until healed. The patient is allowed only light activities until the second week. There will be numbness on the area surrounding the implant. While this is normal, the sensation will gradually improve as weeks pass. As with any implant surgery, it generally takes several months for the implant to settle into position and create a final outcome that is soft, natural and normal in feeling.

Before chin augmentation
After chin augmentation
Before and after chin augmentation

FAQs About Chin Augmentation in Florida

Chin augmentation is designed to emphasize the jaw line and create a balanced overall facial appearance. If there are excess fat deposits under the chin, which creates an impression of a double chin, liposuction may be performed. Before any cosmetic surgery, it is advised that the patient is close or already at their goal weight so it doesn’t compromise the positive results of surgery. Sometimes, liposuction is sufficient as it already defines the chin without ever needing an implant.

Yes. With the implant and surrounding tissues adjusting to its new position, there will be a loss of sensation around the chin area and the skin around it will feel tighter than usual. This is an expected reaction post-surgery and shouldn’t be a cause of anxiety. Eventually, sensitivity will return to normal, but it may take several months before the patient can regain all sensation. 

The incisions made during a chin augmentation procedure are placed inconspicuously within the inside of the lip or under the chin, therefore, there is limited to no scarring that occurs with this procedure.