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.
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.