What does your chin say about you? If you are embarrassed by a “double chin,” a weak or receding chin, or another aesthetic issue around the chin and jaw area, then you may have considered the idea of chin implant surgery. While implant sizes for procedures like breast augmentation are more straightforward, many people have no idea what chin implants look like, and many patients wonder about sizes, shapes, and materials. With the current emphasis on customization these days, patients have access to a variety of options. But what are the specifics of different chin implants, and which option might be best for you?

The Goal of Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is growing in popularity, especially among rhinoplasty patients and men. The chin’s role in facial balance is significant, and a “strong” chin is a desirable trait among men. The goal of chin augmentation with an implant is to increase both the projection and contour of the chin. The synthetic implant is placed so as to improve the profile view, chin, and jawline of the patient. In rhinoplasty patients, a chin implant is often inserted at the same time to improve overall facial balance and harmony, complementing the results of the nasal surgery.

Chin Implant Sizes and Shapes

Chin implants come in a range of sizes, which makes sense, as everyone’s features and needs are unique. Implant can be very small or very large, with differences in sizes typically about one millimeter apart. Shapes vary as well, allowing patients to select an implant that will give them the chin and jaw contour that meets their goals.

The size and shape of the implant will be discussed during your consultation. You will usually get the opportunity to view a preview of the results before you make the decision to move forward with the surgery. An experienced plastic surgeon will be able to advise you on the type of implant that may work for you, then show you a preview of that option. Only an expert can give you specific advice on your individual procedure.

Custom Implants

Some people need a more specific implant to suit their needs. A custom implant can be made for a high cost, or a skilled plastic surgeon can alter a pre-made implant to fit the patient. While custom implants are certainly more expensive than standard implants, they may be the best way to get good results from chin augmentation.

Implant Materials

Unlike breast implants, chin implants are rigid and can be made out of several different types of materials. These can include solid silicone, acrylic, e-PTFE, and hydroxyapatite. Surgeons have their own preferences and will advise you on which material may be appropriate.

The Surgery

Chin implant surgery is fairly straightforward, typically performed under sedation and local anesthetic on an outpatient basis. An incision is typically made inside the lip or underneath the chin, which is then used to insert and situate the implant. The incision is then closed, and the surgery is complete. Recovery usually takes about a week. 

Planning Your Custom Procedure

There is no way to tell what type of chin implant is appropriate for you without consulting with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Everyone’s facial features are unique, and each patient has different goals for their chin aesthetics. During your consultation, you will typically discuss your goals and candidacy, get an opportunity to view digital previews of your results, and ask specific questions pertaining to the procedure.

As long as you choose a qualified, experienced, and skilled surgeon, your surgery will be customized to your facial features and needs. If you would like to speak with an expert surgeon in Austin, TX, come to Buckingham Center and meet with Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham emphasizes natural, beautiful results, and has helped many patients improve their jaw and chin contour through chin implant surgery. To schedule a consultation, call Buckingham Center at 512-401-2500 today.

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