What is the chin augmentation procedure?
Chin augmentation procedure involves placing a chin implant. For those with an abundance of submental fat (double chin), liposuction may be performed. A small incision is placed in the crease under the chin to allow for a virtually invisible surgical scar. Dr. Moynihan prefers this incision when performing chin augmentation surgery over incisions within the mouth, as it prevents migration of the implant or damage to the muscles responsible for lower lip movement. Once the incision is made, a custom-designed silastic (silicone rubber) implant is inserted into the chin area.
Chin augmentation surgery may be performed on its own, though it is often combined with rhinoplasty for more comprehensive facial balance.
Chin augmentation – what to expect in recovery?
The majority of discomfort from the surgery will occur during the first three days, with seven days of overall downtime. Swelling is expected while bruising is unlikely, and you will need to eat a soft food diet in the first stages of healing. It is difficult but try to avoid smiling and speaking (within reason) over the first week to ensure the implant becomes nicely integrated into the tissues. Most social, professional, and physical activities can resume in seven to fourteen days, determined on a case-by-case basis.