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Chin Implants San Francisco

Chin Augmentation and Chin Reduction Post Care

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 Clinic 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.

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.

My recommendations are to ask the following questions while having a consultation with surgeon.” Dr. Maas

  1. How many chin augmentations or chin reductions have you performed in the last month as the surgeon in charge or primary surgeon?
  2. How many chin augmentations or chin reductions have you performed in the last year as the surgeon in charge or primary surgeon?
  3. Are you Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  4. Have you ever had a complication with chin surgery? … if the surgeon responds no – be suspicious while significant complications are quite rare any surgeon having done enough facelift procedures to be an expert will have experienced at least some complication and this should be discussed
  5. What is the worst complication you have experienced with chin surgery and how did you manage this complication?
  6. Ask to speak with patients that have had chin surgery with the surgeon in the last month or two. They can give a first hand account of their experience and whether their expectations were met
  7. Ask to see before and after pictures and make sure that the pictures are of patients that your consultation surgeon was the primary surgeon

Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any questions you may have about your Chin Surgery in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000.

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