The difference in the chin and jaw of a man and that of a woman is quite distinct. As a standard of beauty, women are expected to have a more delicate chin that balances well against the nose and cheeks. For men there is an expectation of a more pronounced jaw line.
Cosmetic chin surgery, which is sometimes called mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin by augmentation or enhancement (chin implants). In most cases, chin augmentation is performed in order to create facial harmony between the chin, nose and surrounding cheeks.
Chin Augmentation Candidates
Chin augmentation is an elective cosmetic surgery and needs may vary. Some candidates may identity with the following characteristics upon deciding whether or not chin augmentation is for him or her:
- An overly-prominent nose
- A weak or recessed chin
- A squared or pointed chin
Chin implants and chin augmentation procedures add definition to the lower jaw and reduce the appearance of a large nose. In some cases, Dr. Vargas performs chin implant procedures in conjunction with rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) for maximum facial aesthetic.
What to Know About Chin Augmentation
The decision to have elective chin augmentation is highly individualized. Your in-depth consultation with Dr. Vargas in Kansas City will involve an extensive exam of your chin, nose and cheeks. Measurements and photos may be taken at this time. In your consultation, Dr. Vargas will also review all of the options (cheek implants, cheek augmentation, mid-face lift, non-surgical or traditional face lift) to help you make an informed decision about the procedure that best suits your needs.
“The work I had done to my chin has transformed my face. I look years younger. I am so impressed with Dr. Vargas’ skill and attention to detail.”
Chin Augmentation Q&A
A chin augmentation is not something that individuals often seek out themselves. The role that the chin plays in balancing the structures of the face is commonly misunderstood. A weak or strong chin can affect the appearance of other facial features. Often a chin augmentation can help the profile as much as a rhinoplasty. Chin augmentations not only help provide facial balance, but can also help define the jawline and improve sagging areas of the neck.
Yes, while surgery usually offers more improvement than non-surgical procedures there are other procedures that can correct the chin. In some cases cosmetic filler can be place to build up the chin, but the results are minimal compared to the surgical procedure.
There are many facial cosmetic procedures that can be performed at once. Usually individuals needing this procedure are also in need of a rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty and chin augmentation often go hand and hand to maximize a balance within the face. A lower/face & neck lift (QuickLift) is another procedure that can be paired with a chin augmentation for a more defined neck profile.
The procedure is usually performed under twilight sedation. An incision is made just under the chin. The issue is stretched to create a pocket of space for the implant to be inserted. The implant feels a lot like the current tissue found in your chin. Implants are custom-fitted to the configurations of the patient’s face. Once the implant is placed the Dr. Vargas closes with sutures. In a chin reduction the incision is placed under the chin and the bone is sculpted to a more appropriate size.
Swelling and bruising is normal post procedure, in many cases bruising resolves within 10 days. At six weeks, most of the swelling will subside. Patients often feel a tight sensation post-surgery, which usually subsides after a week. Dressings will be changed at your 24-48 hour post-op. Sutures and staples will be completely removed after one week.
It is normal to have tenderness, numbness, and itching during the healing process. Chewing may be limited for the first week. Certain activities may be limited until you receive clearance from the doctor.
After the surgery it is best to use cold compresses and lay in an elevated position to reduce swelling and increase comfort. Pain medication is prescribed and can be used to aid in comfort levels post-surgery. You will need to clean the area and wear the recommended garment until your one week post-op.
Any procedure that addresses cosmetic needs is not usually covered by insurance. Special cases such as trauma may be reimbursable in part or whole. It is the patient’s responsibility for pre-approval of coverage and to process the claim for insurance.