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Does Chin Augmentation Look Natural?

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A full chin is something that many people desire. However, it can be difficult to get the look you want without having surgery or injections. One of the best ways of getting a fuller and firmer chin with more pronounced features is through chin augmentation. Here at Tampa Bay Plastic Surgery, we offer this procedure safely and effectively so you can rest assured the results look natural.

Does Chin Augmentation Look Natural?

Understand What It Is

Chin augmentation, also known as a chin implant, is a surgical procedure that increases the projection of your chin or cheek, creating a fuller appearance. This surgical procedure is most commonly performed on women with little to no definition in their lower jawline and men with weak chins from aging or weight loss.

Other people seek out chin surgery when they are unhappy about having too much “double-chin” tissue, which often appears as a small bump at the bottom of their throat area below the lip line. In general, this cosmetic enhancement can give you an overall more youthful appearance by adding balance to facial features, such as teeth and eyes. It also enhances proportion giving your face better symmetry, especially if combined with other cosmetic surgeries like facelift or blepharoplasty.

Does It Look Natural?

Chin augmentation is often the best way to get a more bold look for your jawline. A well-defined jaw can add symmetry and balance to your face while giving you an attractive appearance that adds confidence in social situations. The procedure itself is very safe and effective thanks to modern advancements, but you need to be realistic about achievable outcomes.

Chin implants look and feel very similar to the natural tissue surrounding them. Because of this, many patients are able to go back into their daily routines after surgery without having any visible sign that they have just undergone a procedure.

Types of Chin Augmentation

Chin enhancement can be done in two ways: either by inserting implants or using chin fat injections. Let’s discuss the two techniques we use in this procedure.

Inserting Implants

Chin implant surgery requires a general anesthetic and is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you won’t have to stay overnight at the hospital. Implants can be inserted through two different types of incisions–transcutaneous (through the skin) or intraoral (inside your mouth).

For transcutaneous augmentation, an implant is placed behind the bone. This creates a permanent result because it’s difficult for this implant to move around once in place. With intraoral augmentation, small implants are placed under facial muscles and fatty tissue so that they provide immediate results with minimal downtime.

Benefits of Inserting Implants

There’re several advantages of using implants for chin enhancement. These include:

  • Natural results that look great in person and in photos
  • No incisions on the neck that could leave a visible scar
  • Chin implants can be removed if desired
  • With current technology, the procedure is safe and effective

Fat Injection

A fat injection is a popular option for chin enhancement because of its relatively low cost, easy recovery time, and permanent results. The procedure is typically done with local anesthesia so that patients feel very little discomfort during the process.

The great thing about a fat injection is that it can be done with your own body’s natural resources – meaning you don’t have to rely on synthetic materials or surgical procedures to create the appearance of a more defined jawline. Fat tissue from another part of the patient’s body (such as their abdomen) will be removed via liposuction during an outpatient procedure, purified in one method or another, and then injected into the desired area(s).

Benefits of Using Fat Injection

Fat injection is a popular cosmetic procedure today and is performed more frequently than ever before. Some of its many benefits include:

Ability to Produce Natural Results

This means that with fat injection, you can achieve the appearance of a fuller, more defined chin using your own natural resources. You won’t have to rely on synthetic materials.

An Increased Volume in Size Around the Jawline

Fat injections can be used to increase the size of different parts of your face, such as a chin or cheek. This will allow you to enjoy an overall more balanced look and feel. It also can give patients who are worried about saggy skin a better definition along their necks and faces.

Fewer Wrinkles and Lines

As people age, they experience changes in their skin. These can include wrinkles and lines on different parts of the face that appear to stretch out when people smile or frown. Fat injections can help avoid this because facial muscles now have something over which to ‘pull’ when they contract. This will allow for a tighter, smoother look and feel within the target areas of the face.

Why Do People Go for Chin Enhancement?

There’re many reasons why a person can want to go through with chin or cheek augmentation. The most common reason is that some people are born with chins that aren’t proportionate to their facial features, which makes them self-conscious about the way they look. Other reasons why people love this cosmetic procedure include:

Improve Size, Shape, and Position of Chin

The result of a well-done surgery will provide an enhanced and perfectly balanced facial appearance which makes you look more attractive than before.

Improve Jawline, Cheekbones, and Vertical Neck Lines

This procedure helps improve the projection of the chin, and it will provide a more defined, stronger jawline that can help give off an imposing effect.

Strengthen Jawline

Sometimes, patients with weak jawlines caused by inherited factors may want to go for chin or cheek augmentation. The results of a well-done surgery can help eliminate this problem.

Enhance a Naturally Receding Chin

A natural receding chin can be enhanced with a small implant specially designed to go along the bottom edge of the jawline. This enhancement is specially used for patients with normal healthy jaws and just want their chins improved without going overboard or making it look too unnatural.

Restore the Balance of Facial Proportions and Features

When a patient has had previous facial surgery procedures, it can cause problems with the balance of their face. A chin implant is sometimes used to correct this problem and restore symmetry between different parts of the face.

Improve Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

As with any surgery, chin implants can be one way to improve a patient’s self-confidence and body image. The right procedure will give you the appearance you are looking for without being too extreme or standing out as unnatural.

The Procedure

If you’re thinking about undergoing this procedure, you’ll need to prepare in advance. Our doctor will review the procedure with you and discuss all of your options for anesthesia.

How Chin Augmentation Is Done

A small incision will be made on each side of your face at the point where your jawbone meets your skull. An implant shaped like a horseshoe will then be inserted through these openings in order to give extra projection to the lower part of your chin. To ensure optimal results, the surgeon may place implants under deep layers of tissue to add extra volume and give the chin a more well-defined appearance.

What to Avoid Before the Surgery

Our doctor will carefully explain what you need to do before this surgery during your consultation. However, you should avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications for a few weeks before the surgery. This reduces any risk of bleeding during or after procedures on your face. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol before the surgery as these substances can slow down the healing process.

Type of Anesthesia Used

Most patients opt for general anesthesia because it allows them to sleep through their procedure without feeling any discomfort or pain. However, if you would rather not be put under while having a cosmetic surgery performed on your body, local anesthesia may also suffice by numbing only certain parts of the face during treatment.

How Long Does the Surgery Take?

The entire surgical procedure typically takes about an hour for our surgeon to deliver results you are pleased with upon waking up from anesthesia.

After How Long Can I Start Seeing Results?

You can start seeing results immediately after your surgery. But since chin or cheek augmentation is gradual and progressive, you will see full improvements in shape and volume along with better definition within about one month following surgery.

What is the Recovery Period Like?

Once you are fully awake from anesthesia, most patients go home the same day. The recovery period varies depending on which type of surgery you are having. You will need at least one day off from work after surgery with implants placed under your skin. We recommend taking this time to relax, heal, and recover in order for you to get back into your everyday routine as soon as possible.

Will I Need to Wear a Compression Garment after Chin Surgery?

A compression garment that wraps around the neck and chin is often worn for a few days after surgery. The purpose of this equipment is to reduce possible swelling and minimize movement.

When Can I Bathe and Wash After Chin Enhancement Surgery?

It is essential to keep the surgical site clean so that there is no chance of infection. This means you will have to leave your bandage on whenever you are showering, bathing, or swimming for at least 72 hours after surgery. The doctor will give you detailed instructions regarding this question.

What Precautions Should I Take After Surgery?

You should avoid any contact sports, including football, soccer, rugby, and boxing, for a few weeks or months following chin enhancement surgery. This is to allow healing time within the body without risk of injury. The doctor will advise better on this depending upon your condition.

Are Chin Enhancement Results Permanent?

The results of your chin enhancement should last a lifetime provided you maintain healthy habits and avoid injuries. We will provide detailed information about this subject during the consultation process with our doctor.

Get An Enhanced Facial Definition Today!

Chin augmentation is a subtle way to improve your appearance and enhance the contours of your jawline. It’s a great option that can make a big difference in your appearance with natural-looking results without needing invasive procedures. Visit us at Tampa Bay Plastic Surgery to determine whether or not chin enhancement surgery will help achieve the look you’re going for.

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