What is Chin Augmentation?

Double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Juris Bunkis, offers chin augmentation in Newport Beach at Orange County Plastic Surgery to contour the chin to a more desirable profile. A chin that is too short or too large can cause the face to look disproportionate. You may feel insecure about your appearance, but not able to pinpoint the issue. With mentoplasty and chin enhancement, can change the shape and size of your chin with implants or microfat grafting to achieve more balanced facial features.

What is a Chin Implant?

A short chin not only makes your profile look weak but can also make your nose appear to be large and disproportionate. While some patients think they need a nose job, they may only need chin augmentation surgery to achieve full facial harmony and symmetry.

Chin implants are silicone-filled shells that are inserted into the chin area to add shape and volume. Your chin surgery may also include mandibular implants that add definition to the jawline.

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Best Candidates for Chin Augmentation

Since every patient is unique, Dr. Bunkis will sit down with you in a private consultation to examine your chin and listen to all your aesthetic concerns and goals. Dr. Bunkis can also discuss the other cosmetic treatments that can be combined or performed at a later time to further improve your look, such as nose surgery or a facelift.

The best candidates for chin augmentation surgery do have some cosmetic concerns in common, such as:

  • Have a weak or short chin due to genetics or trauma
  • Have a nose that appears too large
  • Want a more proportionate look for facial balance
  • Want a more distinctive profile
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What Happens During a Chin Augmentation Procedure?

A patient will be under deep sedation during chin surgery, which is performed as an outpatient procedure at the surgical suite of Orange County Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bunkis makes a small incision either inside the lower lip or under the chin. A chin implant, which is made of biocompatible, medical-grade materials, is pushed carefully into the incision. Dr. Bunkis then works with the implant to find the best position. After the implant is placed, the incision is closed with sutures. If the incision was made inside the lower lip, the patient will have no visible scarring. For incisions under the chin, the scar will be carefully hidden to avoid detection. The entire surgery takes around one hour to complete.

Non-Surgical Alternatives for Chin Augmentation & Chin Enhancement

Non-surgical chin augmentation is offered at Orange County Plastic Surgery. This is an ideal option for men and women who desire mild to moderate chin enhancement in Newport Beach. The best cases for nonsurgical chin augmentation are men and women who have:

  • Indentations in the chin
  • Minor asymmetry
  • Mildly weak chin profiles
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What is Chin Augmentation Filler?

Dermal fillers contain active ingredients that temporarily add volume to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most common ingredients in fillers. It works by attracting water molecules to the skin and binding with it. Similar to how a sponge expands when you add water, the additional hydration “plumps” your skin. Other fillers that work very well for chin enhancement contain ingredients that stimulate collagen production.

A chin augmentation filler can add just a bit of volume to your chin to refine facial balance and proportions. Chin injections offer a temporary solution that may last up to five years, depending on which dermal filler is used. Dr. Bunkis may also recommend chin augmentation filler as a way to see how comfortable you are with the results. If you are comfortable with the changes to your chin, you can make an informed decision to proceed with chin implants.

What is the Best Filler for Chin Augmentation?

Although there are many fillers that can be used effectively for chin augmentation, Sculptra® is among the favorites. It works by stimulating collagen production. Other fillers that contain hyaluronic acid produce almost immediate results. With Sculptra®, the changes are very gradual because it takes time for the collagen fibers to form. Additionally, the results of chin augmentation with Sculptra® may last up to five years. With other fillers, results tend to last up to two years. Sculptra® can also be used as a jaw filler to create a stronger front and side profile.

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How is Kybella® Used for Chin Enhancement?

Kybella® is an injectable product that destroys fat cells. When most people think of chin augmentation, they envision treatments that make the chin larger and more prominent. Many men and women in Newport Beach, though, want to reduce the size of their chins. This is done as part of a surgical procedure that involves removing small amounts of bone and cartilage. Kybella® is an excellent complement to the surgery. The injections eliminate fat from a double chin that hide the natural contours of the chin.

Chin Augmentation Recovery

Right after chin augmentation surgery, a dressing will be applied to the chin where it should remain for three to four days. Patients can expect some pain, tenderness, and swelling after chin implant and chin augmentation surgery, as these are a normal part of chin augmentation recovery. Also, patients can experience a tight, stretched sensation following surgery. These symptoms usually go away in about one week. After the swelling subsides in a few weeks, patients will be able to see the new chin profile. If the incision was made under your chin, the chin implant scar will initially heal with a pinkish color. The color changes over the next 12 months until it is just slightly darker than your natural skin tone.

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How Long is Chin Implant Recovery?

Chin implant recovery is day-by-day, so be sure to get plenty of rest and be patient with your body’s natural healing. On average, chin implant recovery takes about six weeks. Chin reconstruction and chin reduction recovery will take longer because the bone was modified during the procedure. As part of your consultation, as well as post-operative instructions, Dr. Bunkis discusses what to expect during your chin augmentation recovery time. We also provide written aftercare information that will minimize your chin implant recovery time.

How Long Does Chin Augmentation Last?

The chin implant will look and feel like normal bone. More importantly, the implant will have the consistency of a patient’s natural tissue to make it appear more natural.

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