in Aventura, Florida
Sometimes, men and women can feel that their chin is not proportionate to the rest of their face. A weak chin can make the nose appear larger than it really is. Chin enhancement can be done using facial implants to help the chin and jaw to appear more prominent to enhance the facial appearance.
Men and women who are living with a recessed chin, pointed chin, prominent nose, or fleshy neck may be good candidates for a chin implant. However, those who are in poor health, have taken Accutane® within the past six months, or take anticoagulants may not be good candidates for a chin implant. A consultation with Dr. Sarraga can help to determine if you can benefit from this procedure.
What are Chin Implants?
Chin implants are often made from silicone or GORE-TEX® and can be custom made to fit your face. The type of chin implant that is best for you can be discussed during your initial consultation.
The Chin Implant Procedure
During your chin implant procedure, surgical markings will be drawn on the face using a washable marker to indicate where the implant will be placed. This will also help Dr. Sarraga to known which underlying structures he should avoid. Anesthesia will be applied, and then the surgery will begin.
A small incision will be created in the chin or mouth between the gum and lower lip, creating a pocket in the facial tissue. The chin implant will then be placed inside this pocket and in front of the jawbone. The chin implant is then sutured into place. Any incisions will be closed, commonly using dissolvable sutures.
Following surgery, patients can expect to experience some swelling in the face and neck. Patients should sleep with their head elevated to help lessen this swelling. Ice packs can also be used to help reduce swelling, which should resolve within 10-14 days.
Prescription pain medication can be prescribed following surgery to help with any discomfort. After surgery, patients should stick to meals that do not require excessive chewing. Also, patients should be aware of any stitches that were placed in the mouth while eating.
The exact amount of downtime needed will depend on your individual surgery and can be determined by Dr. Sarraga.
For more information regarding chin implants and what they can do to give you a more defined jawline, contact our Aventura office today to schedule your initial consultation and to create a personalized treatment plan.