Procedures

When chin augmentation or chin reduction surgery is the right choice for a patient. In some people, a small chin – one that recedes or is not prominent enough can make the nose appear more prominent. Conversely, a large chin or one that protrudes can throw the rest of the face off balance. Consequently, when the chin is out of proportion with the rest of the face it may detract from the attractiveness of the other features.

Dr. Maas at The Maas ClinicTM San Francisco believes that if the teeth are in proper alignment patients can benefit from chin augmentation or other enhancement procedures to reshape the chin and balance facial features.

Chin Implant

A chin implant can be inserted to balance the disproportionate chin and can be contoured to each individual. Chin implants are made of a silastic material which is soft pliable and fits nicely under the covering layer of the bone (periosteum) which makes them virtually impossible to fee. There are two options for chin implant surgery: Dr. Maas can make a small incision in the depression between the lower lip and the external gums of the lower teeth, which will create a pocket between the lining of the bone and the muscle and the fat covering the chin. Inserting the chin implant using this technique has the advantage of no external scar, but there is a slightly increased risk of infection.

The other option for inserting a chin implant is by making a small incision in the submental crease beneath the chin to create a pocket to insert the implant. Dr. Maas determines the size of the pocket by accessing the structure of the face and desired aesthetic result. The key to achieving an excellent chin implant result is creating the perfect size pocket.

An implant that fits the size of the pocket is inserted into place and the incision is closed. The incision using this technique is made in the crease and is small and therefore the scar is barely visible. Immediately after the procedure, to control the swelling and the bruising, a light pressure dressing is applied that can be removed with 2-4 days and normal activities and be resumed. Only mild discomfort is felt for the first few days after surgery and will subside along with the swelling. If the incision within the mouth is irritating or sore, medicine can be prescribed to control the discomfort.

Chin Reduction

Chin reduction (or mentoplasty) is a procedure that removes excess bone from the chin point or mentum.

Dr Maas makes a small incision is made in the submental crease beneath the chin and a shaping instrument is used to recontour the bone. Immediately after the procedure, to reduce the swelling and occasional bruising, a light pressure dressing is applied that can be removed with 2-4 days and normal activities and be resumed. Any bruising and swelling, subsides within a short period of time and there is minimal discomfort that can easily be controlled with medication.

The chin and jawline have a profound impact on the facial profile. If the chin is too weak or too prominent, it can throw the entire face out of balance, making the nose look disproportionately large or detracting from the other facial features. Fortunately, this area of the face can be enhanced to improve the contour and your appearance overall. Whether you want to reduce the size of the chin and jawline or create additional definition along the jawline, Dr. Maas at The Maas ClinicTM has the right procedure to help you.

Candidates for Chin Reduction

Dr. Maas may recommend chin reduction for you if you have a prominent chin and jawline that is throwing the rest of your facial proportions out of balance. He performs this procedure on both men and women in reasonably good health who are looking for permanent improvement in their facial profile. It is important to have your teeth in alignment to ensure the focus on the chin reduction will be sufficient for providing you with full results.

The procedure may be performed on patients of all ages and is often recommended in combination with rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery) to further enhance the symmetry of the face.

Add Definition to a Weak Chin

This concern can also be addressed surgically; in this case, by placing an implant in the chin area to create the size and definition you currently lack along the jawline.

This procedure typically uses synthetic implants that are crafted of a biocompatible material, ensuring they will work with the natural tissue of the chin for many years. Implants also come in a variety of shapes and sizes that allow Dr. Maas to tailor your results to your unique facial proportions and contours.

Dr. Maas will help you select the right implants for you based on the level of augmentation needed and the results you hope to achieve, making sure your outcome is both natural and proportionate. Rest assured that no matter which implant you choose, you should enjoy your new facial profile for many years.

Chin Surgery at The Maas ClinicTM

You will see the full results of your surgery once your chin has some time to heal completely. Patients are usually back to non-strenuous activities within three to four days. More strenuous exercise should be restricted for up to two weeks to give the surgical area ample time to heal. Chin enhancement usually yields long-lasting results, whether you are adding fullness and definition or cutting back the size of your lower jawline. To find out more about chin procedures or find out if you are a good candidate, call (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email.

The information about chin surgery was reviewed by Corey S. Maas MDTM. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

FAQs

Can chin implants be combined with other procedures?

Chin implants are often combined with a Rhinoplasty in San Francisco (nose job), Submental Liposuction, or Facelifts in San Francisco for a natural look.

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