Chin protuberance is proportional to the projection of the nose and patient with a less prominent chin on a lateral view will feel that a rhinoplasty is what they required. In some patients, having a chin augmentation with or without a rhinoplasty will have a much more pleasing aesthetic result than simply have a rhinoplasty alone. Chin augmentation can usually be performed through an intra-oral incision therefore leaving no visible external scar. A silicone implant is inserted through the incision and patient can be discharged home on the same day.
A jutting out chin can be reduced by removing some of the chin bone, while a recessive chin can be built out. In augmentation the surgeon uses a shaped implant to define the jaw. The implant is positioned beneath the skin through an incision made from inside the mouth or below the chin. Once the implant is in place fine sutures are used to secure it. The incision is made inside the mouth and so there will be no visible scar.
The procedure normally takes between 1-2 hours depending on its complexity. This procedure is usually carried out as a day case and will involve an overnight stay in hospital. You can then normally return home the day following surgery.
Your expectations need to be realistic. Surgery should achieve an aesthetically balanced chin, mid-face and upper face helping to bring the face into balance and along the way, help to give you greater confidence.
It is normal to experience slight swelling and bruising which should settle down within two weeks of surgery. Any numbness will usually subside after a few days and talking, yawing, and eating may be uncomfortable during this time. All sutures will dissolve within this time. If they have to be removed the surgeon will usually do this around 10 days after the operation. Most people are able to go back to work within a week of surgery. However your surgeon may suggest you take 1-2 weeks off work. A soft diet is recommended for about a week and strenuous activities should be avoided for up to 2 weeks. Any situation which might involve facial contact should be avoided for up to 6
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