Same as every other facial plastic surgery, the main reason chin implants are performed is to improve facial harmony. Chin implant cosmetic surgery procedure is designed to augment the chin and improve its balance with other facial features. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will examine the patient’s facial and chin anatomy and listen to their personal cosmetic needs in order to determine their candidacy for chin implant surgery. The goal of the surgeon will be to help the patient achieve an overall harmonious looking facial structure.
Pre-Requisites for Chin Implant
The candidate seeking chin implant surgery should be in good overall health condition to be able to sustain the surgery and anesthesia. If the candidate is suffering from an untreated facial skin infection or another obvious health condition, they should first get it treated before seeking chin implant procedure.
The surgeon will review the candidate’s medical records, surgical history and examine the quality and type of skin in the chin area to ensure they do not have an underlying condition that could pose risk during the surgery or delay the recovery. The patient should preferably not be suffering from a heart condition or unstable blood pressure.
If in the last six months the patient has taken any medication such as Accutane that affects bone growth and causes keloid scars, they should wait until the surgeon clears them for chin surgery. The patient should ideally have a positive mindset, clear aesthetic goals and realistic expectations to achieve good satisfaction levels from chin surgery.
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Ideal Patient for a Chin Implant
The candidate would be bothered by one or more of the following facial attributes:
. Recessed chin
. Squared or pointed chin
. Fleshy neck
. Prominent nose
Both men and women can make equally good candidates for chin implants, but their teeth and jaw should be functioning well. If the chin is mildly weak and the teeth and jaw are functioning properly, the candidate can benefit the most from chin implants and achieve the desired aesthetic look.
The candidate should have a good immune system in order to have minimal risk of infection or other complications after the surgery. If the candidate has a habit of smoking, they should be committed to giving up smoking for a certain period of time prior to the surgery as instructed by the surgeon.
If the candidate is unsure whether chin implants will provide them an appealing look, they may first choose an injectable dermal filler treatment to create a stronger chin line. If the results are successful, the patient may be a particularly good candidate for chin implant surgery in order to achieve a long-term solution.
Some people suffering from birth defects or other facial deformities resulting from injury may also be able to restore their natural look with chin implants.
Chin Implant After Rhinoplasty
Some patients who seek rhinoplasty surgery to reduce the size of their nose can improve their facial profile with simultaneous placement of a chin implant. Often times, adding a chin augmentation to nasal reduction surgery can make a dramatic difference and may reduce the severity of the nasal surgery. Occasionally, a chin implant may make enough of a difference in the profile to obviate the need for nasal surgery altogether.
Chin Implant Requires a Healthy Jaw Bone
Patients who are healthy with good skin and stable bone structure are obviously better candidates for surgery than those who lack these qualities as the jawbone provides a stable base for the implant. Patients who have lost their lower teeth also have lost bone structure in their jaw. This leaves less room for an implant and may limit the size of implant that can be put in and, in some cases, may preclude the placement of an implant.
Patients Looking for a Shaped Implants
Male patients who desire a stronger chin and would like a more square or dimpled chin are good candidates for implants that are specifically designed to accomplish these goals. Anatomical implants are rounded like a natural chin, some are squarer in shape for a more masculine look while others have a depression in the middle with more prominent sides to create the central dimple.