Chin augmentation (genioplasty) is a surgical procedure utilized to improve the look of the chin. Individuals with a recessed or asymmetrical chin, or who want a more defined chin or to change the shape of their chin, can benefit from this procedure. While injectable fillers (such as Radiesse) can also be used to augment and shape the chin in some cases, surgical insertion of an implant provides more lasting results.
PRE-OPERATIVE – SURGICAL PREPARATION
Preoperatively the patient will be advised to abstain from certain foods and medication, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, garlic and broccoli, as well as to abstain from smoking or alcohol use, for several days prior to surgery. These precautions decrease the risk of bleeding and circulation complications. Photos of the existing area will be taken in order to assess the improvement obtained by the procedure.
The procedure takes approximately 3o minutes to 1 hour. It is performed under local or twilight anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility in an office. Depending on the existing anatomy and the desired result, an incision is made either underneath the chin or in the inside of the lower lip. A silicone implant is inserted and fitted, and the incision is closed with sutures. If the incision is made on the inside of the lower lip, dissolvable sutures will be used. Chin augmentation is often performed concomitant to rhinoplasty and facelift for a full facial refresh.
POST-OPERATIVE – RECOVERY
Postoperatively the patient will be seen in the office the following day for follow-up examination and evaluation. Sutures are typically removed 5-7 days after surgery. Patients can expect minimal discomfort for the first 24-48 hours. Swelling and ecchymoses (black and blue) can be expected and will subside in time. While full recovery takes about 2 weeks, most daily activities can be resumed within a few days. The patient will be advised to abstain from salty food which can increase the swelling in the operative site. Antibiotics may be prescribed prior to or after surgery to prevent infection.
Some possible risks and complications can occur with this procedure, including those that could occur with any type of surgery, such as bleeding or infection. Other possible risks and complications include numbness of the areas of the lower lip, and displacement of the implant. If infection occurs or the implant migrates, the implant may need to be removed and some time must elapse before another can be reinserted. These and any other less common risks and complications will be discussed at the time of surgical consent. It is necessary for the patient to comply with our pre- and post-operative instructions in order to decrease the likelihood of complications.
The fee for this procedure varies depending on the geographic location of your surgeon, the reputation of the surgeon, and the complexity of the individual surgical procedure. Our fees for the procedure range from $3,500 – $4,500. You may incur other fees such as general anesthesia or operating room fees.
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