What is a chin augmentation?
The chin is a very important structure for facial harmony. A small or weak chin can alter facial dynamics and make other structures of the face look off.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
If you feel your chin is small or weak and don’t match with the rest of the bony structures of your face. This is the procedure for you.
What do I need to know about this procedure?
Chin augmentation can be done two ways. We can use a chin implant or we can use fat transfer. Both of these methods are valid and get the job done. In my experience, I leave fat grafting for cases where the augmentation needed is mild to moderate. Fat usually takes very well in this area and its very long lasting. When the chin is very small and the patient needs significant augmentation, a chin implant is preferred. They are both simple and quick one-hour procedures performed preferably under general anesthesia. For the chin implant, a small 3 cm incision is made under the chin and the implant is placed. For fat grafting, a small 20 cc liposuction is done and about 10 cc´s of fat is injected in the chin with a small blunt cannula.
Are there risks involved?
Every patient that goes into an operating room for surgery needs to be aware that risks do exist. However, complications in this specific procedure are extremely rare. Dr. Mejia will go over all the possible risks of this procedure with you during the initial consultation. It is very important that you are honest with Dr. Mejia about your medical history and habits for things to go as smooth as possible.
What is the aftercare like?
The patient goes home the day of surgery. Tape is placed around the chin to hold the implant or the fat in place. This tape is taken off a few days after surgery. No stitches need to be taken off. The recovery process is painless and swelling and bruising is mild.
How much downtime is there?
Patients can usually go back to their normal activities 5 days after surgery. By two weeks you´ll look great, but complete swelling can take up to 3 months to disappear.