Plastic surgery procedures nowadays cater to all types of body imperfections. People who are not content with the way they look turn to these procedures to either reshape, enhance, or reduce the size of a body part. It is not surprising that one of these plastic surgery options, the chin plastic surgery, is making noise in the beauty enhancement scene. Let us know what chin plastic surgery is, its types, and how it could transform your overall look.
What is chin plastic surgery?
Chin plastic surgery is the procedure that reshapes the chin to make it look either smaller or more prominent. Also called mentoplasty or genioplasty, chin plastic surgery can be done by inserting implants or by reshaping the jawbone.
What are the kinds of chin plastic surgery?
There are two main types of chin plastic surgery, the chin augmentation and chin reduction.
Chin augmentation is done to enhance the size of a small or ‘weak’ chin, creating a new facial contour. This procedure uses different techniques to achieve a new profile to your chin. Your plastic surgeon may:
- Move the lower jawbone forward
- Use chin implants
- Use dermal fillers or body fat transfer
Chin reduction, on the other hand, is for patients who feel that their chin is overly emphasised, creating a ‘jutting jaw.’ Surgically reducing the shape of a prominent jawbone makes your chin look more proportioned to your face.
How is chin plastic surgery performed?
Chin augmentation: For surgical chin augmentation, your doctor can use either local or general anaesthesia depending on your situation. The plastic surgeon creates a small incision that can accommodate the placement of the chin implant. The implant is then secured and allowed to adhere to the jawbone.
You and your plastic surgeon can also opt to move the jawbone forward by surgically separating the tip of the jawbone that shapes the chin and moving it forward. He then secures it with wires and screws and allows the bone to heal and attach to its new location.
Chin reduction: Your plastic surgeon creates a small incision either inside the mouth (under the lower lip) or in an unnoticeable part under your chin where he can get access to the jawbone. He then uses a specialised surgical drill or bone burr to reshape the jawbone safely. Stitches to close the small incisions finish the procedure.
What to expect after the chin plastic surgery?
- Wound dressings, if the surgical incisions are done under the chin, should remain intact for 1-3 days. The stitches outside the mouth should be removed within the week following the surgery. On the contrary, the sutures inside the mouth are absorbable and dissolve as time passes.
- Your plastic surgeon can prescribe antibiotic medication and give instructions about its intake.
- You can expect the usual post-surgery symptoms of swelling, bruising, tenderness, and redness around the chin. These will subside within the first week after surgery. Contact your plastic surgeon if you notice abnormal discharge, excessive bleeding, or pain in the surgical area accompanied by fever. These symptoms may be signs of infection.
- As soon as you feel comfortable eating, start consuming soups (liquid diet) and very soft foods that are easy to swallow. If your incisions are inside the mouth, add antiseptic mouthwash to your oral care regimen to prevent infection.
- Sleep on your back with your head elevated to prevent swelling and maintain good blood circulation to the area.
- Limit strenuous activities for 3-4 weeks, but an early return to work is possible only if approved by the plastic surgeon.
- Regular follow-ups with your plastic surgeon allow him to monitor your surgery’s progress and prevent unwanted complications.
- You can expect obvious changes to your chin in a few weeks’ time, and the final results of the chin plastic surgery in approximately three months. The swelling has subsided at this time and your newly enhanced or reshaped chin can now be fully appreciated.