Chin implant surgery, also known as chin augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure which uses an implant to improve the appearance of a weak chin and create better balance among the facial features. The procedure may be performed on its own or in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift or rhinoplasty. Good candidates for chin augmentation include healthy patients who are looking to improve the appearance of a weak chin.
Dr. Kulak performs chin augmentation in one of the INOVA system hospitals, which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Reston Surgical Center, Suburban Outpatient Surgical Center. The procedure takes about forty-five minutes to complete and may be performed with MAC (monitored anesthesia care), local anesthesia, or general anesthesia. A very small incision may be made under the chin. Once the incision is made, an appropriately size implant is placed under the periosteum. Dr. Kulak uses solid Silicone implants. Silicone implants offer many advantages as it has been used for facial and body implants for many years.
Silicone material is a nonreactive and permanent material that doesn’t undergo any breakdown by the body. It is a solid implant that doesn’t need to be exchanged or updated over time. However, if change is ever required, this implant can easily be removed unlike Mersilene mesh (which is off the market) and Medpor implants. Dr. Kulak does not need any screws to secure the implant and the risk of implant mobility is extremely low. There are a variety of shapes and sizes of chin implants used by Dr. Kulak to produce the desired, natural appearing result.
Recovery after chin augmentation takes approximately seven days. Discomfort may occur during the first few days and this can be controlled with medication. Swelling and bruising are common, however most patients are able to return to work and daily activities within a week. External stitches may be removed in five to seven days.
Chin Augmentation FAQ
Q – What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a plastic surgery procedures which can improve the appearance of a weak chin with the use of an implant. The surgery can help to achieve better balance among the facial features and may be combined with other procedures like a facelift.
Q – What are chin implants made of?
Dr. Kulak uses solid Silicone implants for chin augmentation for a reliable natural appearing result.
Q – Is a chin implant right for me?
If you are healthy and looking to improve the appearance of a weak chin, a chin implant may be right for you.
Q – What does a consultation for chin augmentation entail?
During a consultation for a chin augmentation, Dr. Kulak will examine your face, take a thorough medical history, and discuss your goals. Dr. Kulak will perform computer imaging to demonstrate the improvement to your facial balance that can be achieved with chin augmentation. This allows for you to have a better understanding of how a chin implant will change your appearance prior to surgery. All aspects of the procedure will be explained including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on.
Q – Where is the chin augmentation procedure performed?
Dr. Kulak performs chin augmentation at INOVA system hospitals which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Surgical Center, Reston Surgical Center, and Suburban Outpatient Surgical Center.