Accentuate your facial features with a Chin Augmentation
The chin might not be a facial feature most people spend much time thinking about. But it has a considerable impact on the appearance and symmetry of the face. That’s why both men and women seek out chin augmentation in Miami Beach, FL—to improve their appearance and feel more confident.
Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Salloum is proud to offer patients chin augmentation at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery. This plastic surgery procedure can help to permanently bring balance to the face by correcting a receding chin or by making a larger nose look smaller.
What is Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the size of the chin or reshapes the chin bone and jawline. Often, a plastic surgeon will place an implant during the augmentation surgery to increase the size of the chin. In some cases, the surgeon might change the chin by reshaping the jawbone.
Why get Chin Implant surgery?
You might decide to have chin surgery for a variety of reasons. In some instances, a plastic surgeon will augment the chin with an implant during rhinoplasty to change the size and shape of the patient’s nose. Increasing the chin’s size while reshaping the nose can dramatically improve overall facial harmony.
Another reason to have chin surgery is if you have a naturally weak chin and want to make it more prominent. Chin implants can also help to strengthen jawlines, creating a more masculine appearance. If you are looking to enhance your facial profile, chin surgery can help.
What types of Implants are used?
Chin implants are typically made of silicone. Silicone implants are usually soft and flexible. The exact type of implant Dr. Salloum will use during the surgery will depend on your goals and the structure of your face.
Facial implants are available in a range of shapes and sizes. During your consultation, Dr. Salloum will discuss your expectations and overall goals with you to help determine which implant option is best.
Good candidate for Chin Augmentation
Some people are better candidates for chin augmentation than others. Many people with weak chins or noses that look too large are good candidates for surgery.
To be a good candidate for the surgery, you should be in good health. During your consultation, Dr. Salloum will ask you about your medical history and whether you are being treated for any conditions at the moment. If you have a chronic condition that is well-managed, you might still be a candidate for surgery.
Your lifestyle can also influence your candidacy for chin surgery in Miami. The ideal surgical candidate will be a non-smoker. If you do smoke, you’ll be asked to stop using tobacco products at least a few weeks before the scheduled surgery. It’s also a good idea to continue to avoid using nicotine or tobacco for several weeks after your procedure to prevent complications and encourage proper healing.
Having realistic expectations about the procedure is also important. A consultation with Dr. Salloum before surgery will help you get a better understanding of what chin augmentation can do for you. Your consultation can also help you see if the surgery will help you reach your aesthetic goals. If not, you might be a candidate for another surgical procedure.
The Chin Augmentation consultation
The initial consultation is a vital part of the surgical process at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery. When you come in for your consultation, you’ll be escorted to a large, well-appointed room. Our practice also offers free valet parking to make getting to your consultation even more convenient.
Think of your chin augmentation consultation in Miami Beach as an opportunity to get to know Dr. Salloum and to learn more about the surgery. Come to the consultation ready with questions and don’t be shy about bringing up your concerns. Dr. Salloum is there to guide you through the process and to keep you informed.
The consultation for a chin implant surgery is also a chance for Dr. Salloum to get to know you. He’s likely to ask you questions about your goals, your health, and your lifestyle. He’ll examine your facial and neck anatomy and talk about the various available implant options.
It’s natural to feel a little nervous before plastic surgery. Remember that Dr. Salloum and his team are experts and will be there for you every step of the way. They will be happy to answer any questions you have, either during the consultation or afterward.
Preparing for Chin Implant surgery
What you’ll need to do to get ready for chin implant surgery depends on your current lifestyle and habits. In the days before your surgery, Dr. Salloum will let you know if there are any activities to avoid. You’ll also be told to stop taking certain medications or supplements. For example, some types of OTC painkillers and prescription medicines thin the blood and should be avoided for a couple of weeks before and after surgery.
You might also want to prepare your home for the recovery period after surgery. Stock up on groceries or arrange to have meals delivered. Request time off from work and schedule childcare if you need it. Since you’ll have a few days of downtime, stock up on quiet things to do, such as books to read or movies to watch.
Since you’ll need to have someone drive you to and from your surgery, it’s a good idea to make arrangements in advance.
The Chin Augmentation procedure
The chin augmentation procedure is generally short, taking about an hour or less. On the day of the surgery, you’ll be given an anesthetic to numb the area or to put you to sleep. Dr. Salloum will make a small incision either underneath your chin or inside your mouth and create a pocket in the chin to hold the implant.
Next, he’ll position the implant in the appropriate area. He might use screws or stitches to hold the implant in place while you heal. After the implant is placed, Dr. Salloum will close the incision with stitches. Patients typically go home the same day of their surgery.
Recovery after Chin Augmentation
If possible, someone should stay with you overnight after your chin surgery. It’s important to drink plenty of water and take it easy during the first couple of days after surgery.
Your chin is likely to feel sore for a few weeks after you get a chin implant. It’s usually a good idea to stick to liquids or soft foods during the first day or two after your surgery. To avoid putting pressure on the chin as it heals, try to sleep on your back and avoid any positions that would put weight on the area.
Dr. Salloum can prescribe pain medications to help ease any discomfort you feel immediately after your surgery. Take the pain medication as directed and only take medicine prescribed by your surgeon as you recover.
Usually, you’ll be able to get back to most of your regular activities within a week or two after surgery. You might have some lingering swelling or bruising during the first few months before the final results appear.
Are there risks to Chin Augmentation?
Every type of surgery involves some risk. Some of the most common side effects after chin surgery include bruising and swelling in the area near the implant. There’s also a chance that the implant will move if it wasn’t secured in place over the chin bone.
Less common risks after chin surgery include a loss of sensation in the area or damage to the teeth or bite. To minimize the chance of any dental changes following the placement of a chin implant, Dr. Salloum will examine your dental occlusion before surgery.
Following all instructions from your doctor before and after surgery and letting your surgeon know about any medical concerns or lifestyle issues will help to reduce the risk of side effects or complications from chin surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chin Augmentation
To place the implant during chin surgery, Dr. Salloum will make a small incision. The incision might be made inside of the mouth or underneath the chin. There will be a small scar afterward, but because of the location, it will not be visible.
It’s usually a good idea to take at least one week off from work after your chin surgery. Many people are able to go back to desk jobs within 7 to 10 days. As you recover, you can work with your surgeon to determine when you can return to normal activities.
It’s a good idea to slowly add exercise back into your routine after your surgery. During the first week, you might feel up to taking a few short walks around your house. After the third week, you might feel comfortable going for a long walk around the neighborhood or even for a light jog. It’s best to put off any strenuous activity, like running, cycling, or yoga, until four or five weeks after surgery.
Yes, you can. Chin implant surgery is often combined with rhinoplasty (to change the size and shape of the nose). Together, the surgeries can dramatically enhance a patient’s facial features. Some people also combine chin implant surgery with other facial implants. You might receive cheek and chin implants at the same time, for example.
Depending on your preference and whether you are combining chin implant surgery with another procedure, Dr. Salloum might use local anesthesia or general anesthesia during the surgery.
Local anesthesia will numb the surgical area. You might also be given a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. If you receive general anesthesia, you’ll be completely asleep throughout the surgery and won’t remember it.
The results of chin surgery are immediate. However, you will likely have some swelling or bruising in the area after surgery, which can make it difficult to see what the final results will look like. Many people see their final results a few months after surgery, once the swelling has subsided.
he implant that is placed during a chin augmentation surgery is permanent. As long as you remain happy with the appearance of your chin, the results you’ll get from the surgery can last for the rest of your life.
Schedule your Chin Implant consultation in Miami Beach, FL
Dr. Gabriel Salloum is double board-certified and specializes in reconstructive surgery, in addition to facial and body cosmetic surgery. His goal is to listen to your needs, answer your questions and work with you to give you the natural-looking results you want.
If you’re interested in learning more about chin augmentation or other procedures to improve your facial profile and facial symmetry, call 305.405.6910 today to schedule a chin enhancement consultation in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery.