CHIN AUGMENTATION

The beauty of a face depends greatly on the harmony that exists between the features. Little changes in one of them may change the entire perception of that face. One feature which is not talked about enough is the chin even though it plays a significant role in the proportions of the face and along with the jawline and nose, is the center of the harmony of the face. For example, its size and shape is much related with the size of the nose. Thus, a small or underdeveloped chin may cause an already big nose to be perceived as even bigger than it actually is, and vice versa. This is why there is a chin augmentation surgery, with the goal of restoring facial harmony. This surgery consists of a refinement of the bone contour of the chin area with the help of an implant. This way, it is possible to increase its size and make it more prominent.

Generally, it is an ambulatory surgery that may be performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation. The surgeon makes a small incision on the chin or inside the mouth, then makes space for the implant and puts it in direct contact with the bone. This procedure lasts about an hour on its own, but if it’s done along with others, it will last longer. Most patients must rest for about 7 days, and after that may return to most of their regular activities. Any discomfort may be treated with medication and cold compresses. During recovery, it is important to sleep face up and with the head elevated for 1 or 2 weeks in order to control swelling and to protect the incisions. In some cases, it is necessary to keep a liquid diet during the first two days. The final results are visible about one month after the surgery but at 3 months are completely final, since the additional swelling has disappeared.

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