Chin augmentation is a type of plastic surgery which is designed to permanently enhance the appearance of the chin.  Whatever it is you don’t like about the appearance of your chin, opting for chin augmentation surgery means you will be able to change those aspects that you don’t like and give you the confidence in your appearance that you should have.

If you are considering a this type of surgery, then you need to know a little bit more about the procedure – starting with how it is done.

How is Chin Augmentation Surgery Done?

The first thing you need to know about chin augmentation is that it is a surgical procedure. An implant is inserted into your chin to change its look.  The procedure will likely take around an hour under anesthetic. Beforehand, you will have a consultation with a specialist where you will discuss what you would like your new chin line to look like. 

The incision for the surgery is normally made in the crease beneath the chin, which becomes an imperceptible scar.  Sometimes the surgery is done via an incision inside the mouth, which of course is less visible but this has higher chances of infection.

The implant for the chin augmentation is tailored for each individual and is sculpted pre-surgery.  The vast majority of implants are silastic which means they can be easily sculpted and can be removed and replaced at a later date if needed. 

If you have concerns about whether the implant will move over time, particularly if you’re someone who plays contact sports, then worry not.  The implant is placed during surgery under the lining of the bone periosteum, which is a dense layer of tissue that is tightly adhered to the bone.  Initially, the implant is inserted under this layer of tissue and secured with dissolving stitches.  After 6 months the stitches will have dissolved and the implant is secured naturally in place.

What About Side Effects?

Since this is a surgical procedure, you will experience some discomfort and bruising for a week or so after the surgery.  There may be some tightness and pressure from the implant initially, but this sensation should only last for a couple of days.  You may experience stiffness of the lips due to swelling but this should subside within weeks after surgery.