For patients with an under-projected, weak chin, or for those who wish to improve the overall balance and harmony of their facial features, a chin implant may be the ideal solution. Chin implants can increase chin projection, improving neck and jawline contours, reducing the appearance of a double chin and minimizing the relative size of other facial features, such as the nose.
The Procedure for a Chin Implant in Houston, TX
During your consultation with Dr. Norris, he will help you select the shape and size of chin implant best suited to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Prior to surgery, you will be given directions to prepare for your chin augmentation, including instructions to avoid certain medications and supplements, as well as tobacco products and alcohol, for at least 1-2 weeks before chin surgery.
On the day of surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation so you are asleep and comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Norris will place a small incision directy underneath your chin or inside your mouth along your lower lip in order to insert your chin implant. The entire procedure can typically be performed in one hour or less.
Recovering From Surgery for a Chin Implant in Houston
You will notice immediately following surgery that you have been fitted with a chin strap dressing to secure your chin implant in Houston. This must be worn for at least three days and should be kept dry. The doctor may advise you to take pain medication for discomfort and antibiotics to decrease your risk of infection.
Follow all post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Norris, and be sure to sleep with your head elevated to minimize swelling. Sutures used on external incisions are removed within the first week, while sutures for oral incisions dissolve on their own.
Most patients are able to return to work and exercise within 1-2 weeks of chin surgery, when bruising and swelling have begun to subside. It will take several weeks to months for all swelling to diminish following chin implant surgery, and Dr. Norris will meet with you periodically for follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing properly and that you are happy with your new, more prominent chin.
Am I a good candidate for chin implants?
Many individuals seek out chin implants to bring out or establish a more natural balance in their facial features. Ideal candidates for chin implants should possess good overall physical and mental health. Additionally, it is important to have realistic expectations prior to undergoing chin augmentation.
Will I experience significant pain after undergoing chin implant surgery?
As will all surgical procedures, you should expect some discomfort following chin augmentation. Facial movements such as talking or smiling may be hindered during the initial healing process. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to alleviate discomfort.
How long before I can return to normal activities following chin augmentation?
The healing process may take several weeks, but most patients are able to return to work and most other every day activities within one to two weeks following surgery. Vigorous exercise or other physical activities that have the potential to shake or bump the face should be avoided for several weeks.
Will I have scars following chin augmentation?
There may be some scarring depending on the location of the incision. Incisions made inside the mouth along the lower lip will have no visible scarring. Incisions made underneath the chin may leave a small, easily concealed scar.
Are there any significant risks associated with chin implants?
As with all surgical procedures, there are inherent risks associated with chin augmentation. For this reason, it is important for you to discuss these risks with your surgeon. Complications with facelift surgery can include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, implant shifting, and capsular contracture.
Prospective patients who want to find out more about Houston chin implant surgery or wish to schedule a consultation at Dr. Norris Plastic Surgery should feel free to call us at (713) 383-6400 or toll-free at (888) 448-2130.