Chin Surgery

Chin Implants and Enhancement

Chin surgery aims to correct a chin that is narrow or underdeveloped, thus creating a weak profile. This is achieved through the surgical insertion of an alloplastic implant.

Reasons to Choose Chin Surgery

Patients who struggle with microgenia, an underdeveloped chin, often choose chin surgery to correct the appearance of the chin. The key components of a beautiful profile include not only the chin, but also the nose. For this reason, some patients who feel their nose is too large may actually be better treated by undergoing chin surgery. This procedure restores overall facial harmony and creates a pleasing profile.

If you are interested in chin surgery, you should be a healthy, nonsmoker as this will improve your healing. You should also have realistic expectations for the results of your procedure.

FAQ About Chin Surgery

The team at UCI Plastic Surgery is asked many questions about the benefits of chin surgery. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.

How does it work?

The chin surgery procedure itself should not take more than one hour. Your plastic surgeon will choose to make one of two common incisions. The first incision may be under your chin, where it will not be easily visible, or inside your mouth, behind your lower lip. Once he has made the best incision for your aesthetic goals, your plastic surgeon will make a pocket at the front of your chin for the implant. After he has inserted the implant and placed it properly, the implant will then be fixed in place, usually with surgical screws. The incision will then be closed and a surgical dressing like gauze will be applied.

What happens after surgery?

Following your procedure, you will be able to return home, but you will need both a ride and someone who can help you for a short time. It is not uncommon to experience post-operative swelling at this time, but this will fade over the next few days. You will also be given aftercare instructions when you leave your surgery, advising you to stick to a soft diet for a few days and explaining the importance of keeping up a strict oral hygiene regimen during this time in order to avoid infection. Any discomfort you experience can be managed with medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon.

Once swelling has dissipated, you should experience the full effect of your chin surgery and see an improved profile.

Why should I choose UCI Plastic Surgery for chin surgery?

The surgical team at UCI Plastic Surgery has logged countless combined hours performing successful reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures. They truly understand how the structures of the face work and know how to make minor changes to achieve major improvements. They also stay up to date on advances in aesthetic surgery, so you can be assured that you are receiving the best possible care.

What are the most common risks involved with chin surgery?

Risks associated with chin surgery are uncommon, but they can include infection, implant malposition and bleeding. If you have questions about possible side effects, please consult your plastic surgeon.

To schedule your consultation about chin surgery, please call our Costa Mesa plastic surgery team at UCI Plastic Surgery.