Chin implants are one of the most common techniques that are used for chin augmentation. Implants, which are mostly synthetic, can be located around the existing chin bone and enhance the underlying shape of the face. The operation will improve the balance of facial features. Therefore, it can be said that chin implants, as a part of the chin augmentation process, can enhance the contours of the chin, jawline, and neck, and hence improve overall facial appearance.
Some people who think they have a weak chin or who are bothered by the appearance of their chins would like to get chin implants to enhance their overall facial features. The operation will, in the end, make them feel confident. Specifically, chin implants can;
- Improve facial harmony
- Correct a weak chin
- Improve the definition of the neck
- Reduce the appearance of double chin
The first step of the surgery is to sedate the patient with general or local anesthesia. The patient who is put to sleep will not feel any pain or discomfort during surgery, thanks to the anesthesia used. As a second step, a board-certified plastic surgeon will place an alloplastic (synthetic) chin implant underneath the skin around the patient’s existing chin bone after a small incision is made. The incision can be made either underneath the chin or inside the mouth.
As an outpatient surgery, the chin implant procedure takes about one hour to perform and provide a permanent solution for those who suffer from the formlessness of their chins. The main goal of the surgery is to improve the natural contours of the neck, jaw, and chin to enhance facial appearance.
Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incisions after the implants are correctly placed. The usual recovery period for chin implant surgery is one to three weeks in most patients. However, it can take much more if you would like to have an additional operation.
There are several different options for alloplastic chin implants. The characteristics of the available implant materials are an important component. Those materials are;
Gore-Tex is a pliable alloplastic implant which is more commonly implanted in the lips and nose.
Porous high-density polyethylene is commonly used in facial skeletal reconstruction and aesthetic chin augmentation. It is a strong, inflexible material that is customized to the mandibular bone. The material is macro-porous and provides for tissue in-growth.
BoneSource interfaces through osseointegration and has the advantage of being moldable. Disadvantages include exposure and infection.
Polyamide mesh, which can be easily cut and shaped, allows for fibrovascular ingrowth. However, polyamide mesh has been found to elicit an intense foreign body response resulting in chronic inflammation.
Silicone rubber is a non-porous material that does not give rise to a fibrovascular ingrowth. Implantation leads to the formation of a fibrous capsule around the implant itself. If the overlying tissue of the implant is thinned, extrusion may occur. Resorption has been noted to occur under the implant over time.
Mersilene mesh allows for tissue ingrowth, which helps secure the implant. Mersilene mesh has good tensile strength and can be well molded to the contour of the jaw.
The majority of patients with chin implants experience relatively little downtime. They go back to work at the desk and most other daily activities within seven days of surgery. Pain is typically minimal and easily controlled with medications or cold compresses.
The patients will need to sleep face-up with their head raised for at least one to two weeks after surgery to help control post-operative swelling and protect their healing incisions. Your cosmetic surgeon may also require you to eat a liquid-only diet for a day or two after surgery. Strengthening activity can typically be resumed within 3 to 4 weeks of the increase in the chin. It is essential to follow the specific instructions of your cosmetic surgeon during recovery to ensure that you are well healed and that your results look great as soon as possible.
Results look close to final within one month after surgery. They are considered final after about three months when residual swelling has subsided.
The average cost of chin implants is $2000-$3000 in the U.S.A. However, this price does not include the cost of anesthesia, medication, operating room, and other surgery-related fees. Usually, with all costs included, the price ranges for chin increase surgery as a complete procedure are between $3,000 and $5,000.
The cost of chin implants can vary significantly due to several factors, such as geographical location, quality of the clinic, and the amount of silicone required. On average, you can expect a chin implant to cost around £2,000 to £4,000 in the UK.
The average price for a chin implant surgery in Istanbul, Turkey, may range between $2,000 and $3,000.