Chin Augmentation in Minneapolis-St. Paul
What is Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation is done to reshape the chin to further define the shape of a person’s facial features. This procedure is often done in conjunction with rhinoplasty surgery to achieve optimal facial harmony. A chin augmentation can enhance the projection of the chin, better defining the neck and jawline.
Cost of Chin Augmentation
This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.
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Details of a Chin Augmentation:
- Surgery: Surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia; time varies according to what procedures are being done.
- Discomfort: Mild to moderate; patients may experience more discomfort when chewing. Dr. Rocheford can prescribe pain medication to mitigate any pain.
- Bruising: Anticipate moderate bruising around the jawline.
- Swelling: Peaks at 3 days; improves in two to four weeks. You can use ice to reduce swelling; do not use frozen gel packs.
- Stitches: Sutures are dissolving. The incision will be covered with a steri-strip.
- Work: You can return to work when you are off pain medication: 5-7 days.
- Diet: A soft diet to minimize chewing for the first few days after surgery.
- Exercise: You can return to your normal exercise routine after four to six weeks of recovery.
- Final Result: Final results are visible after a few weeks. Swelling may make the jawline look more prominent the first week, but this will subside over time.
Who is a Good Candidate for Chin Augmentation?
Patients who feel that they have a weak or recessed chin that disrupts their facial harmony can often benefit from chin augmentation surgery. The procedure can define the neck and jawline for stronger features and improve the appearance of a double chin due to a small chin bone. Patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. A consultation with Dr. Rocheford can help to determine whether chin augmentation is a good match for you.
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The Chin Augmentation Procedure
Chin augmentation is often done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During this procedure, a chin implant is added to the jawline through a small incision made underneath the chin or inside the mouth. The implant can vary in size and contour, depending on the patient’s desired projection and overall appearance. The chin implant procedure usually takes under an hour when performed alone, but overall time can vary when combined with another procedure. It is often performed in conjunction with procedures such as neck liposuction and nose surgery for optimal facial balance.
Chin Augmentation FAQs
Are facial implants permanent?
Generally speaking, yes. The implants used for chin augmentation are durable and long-lasting and are intended to stay with you for many years.
Are silicone chin implants safe?
Yes, sterile silicone implants are safe for implantation into the chin for aesthetic rejuvenation.
Can a chin implant improve jawline?
Absolutely! Patients who are unhappy with a "weak" chin can have a chin implant placed to create a more sharp, harmonious contour.
Can chin implant be removed?
If at any time you desire your chin implant to be removed, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Rocheford and plan a time for removal.
Can you feel chin implant?
Chin implants are designed to feel very similar to natural bone tissue and is usually unnoticeable to others.
How are chin implants secured?
Chin implants are designed to fit snugly against the chin bone and are held in place inside a small pocket in the chin.
How common are chin implants?
Chin implants are most commonly used in tandem with rhinoplasty surgery. This combination can effectively improve and balance the profile of the face.
How long do chin implants last?
Chin implants are made with medical-grade silicone and are designed to be life-long devices. By selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon and following your detailed aftercare steps, you can enjoy many years from your chin implant.
What is chin surgery called?
Genioplasty and mentoplasty are two terms for chin surgery or augmentation. Some plastic surgeons make a distinction between these two terms and others do not.
Does chin implant help double chin?
Yes! A chin implant can be paired with liposuction or a neck lift in order to get rid of stubborn fat or sagging skin. This combination most effectively enhances the jaw contour and the definition of the chin.
Chin Augmentation Recovery
Following chin augmentation surgery, patients may experience mild bruising and swelling around the jawline. Patients usually report only mild discomfort that can be controlled with pain medication or ice. Most patients return to work within a week of surgery and can return to exercising four to six weeks post-op. It is advised that patients follow a soft diet to minimize chewing the first few days after surgery. Final results can often be seen after a few weeks. The chin implant is made to look and feel like the natural chin bone, making it impossible for others to tell you’ve had the procedure. Its material is durable to last through the aging process and is intended for permanent results. A chin augmentation procedure can be based on your specific cosmetic concerns and requirements. You must be examined to determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure.
Scheduling Your Consultation
If you’re ready to discuss your chin augmentation options, now is a great time to schedule your consultation in Minneapolis-St. Paul with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area, including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 to schedule your appointment. Consultation Checklist