A More Confident Chin
Many patients feel self-conscious about their appearance due to unflattering facial proportions caused by a weak chin. If you’d like a more balanced facial profile, you might benefit from chin augmentation. You can finally get the chin you've always wanted with the help of a chin implant or sliding genioplasty. Houston chin implant provider Dr. Regina Rodman can advise you on the best implant size and shape, as well as the most appropriate chin repositioning operation, to achieve the desired aesthetic transformation. You can improve your facial proportions and feel more confident about your appearance with a chin augmentation.
Stronger and More Symmetrical
Chin implants are comprised of a safe, malleable substance and are available in a variety of sizes and forms to meet a person's facial anatomy and the cosmetic surgeon's goal. A chin implant can give more projection in the horizontal plane, and some are designed to give a slight vertical projection as well. A weak chin can be corrected by several methods, depending on the severity and the type of movement needed. Each method has risks and benefits. Every patient comes with unique goals and needs. An in-person or online consultation with Dr. Rodman is important for a full evaluation and to help decide what type of procedure will best make sure the goals of our Houston chin implant patients are met.
“As a craniofacial surgeon, I educate patients on the risks and benefits of both chin implants and osseous genioplasty for chin augmentation. Often patients are only offered an implant by other surgeons. I believe it is important for patients to understand both procedures (genioplasty and chin implant) and then decide which is best for their anatomy, goals, and timeline.”
Dr. Regina Rodman
Redefine Your Face
The ideal candidate for chin implants is a patient who has a small or slightly weak chin and wishes to have more projection and definition. Patients should have healthy teeth that come together well. Patients who have very small chins or teeth that do not come together properly are more likely to benefit from a genioplasty or orthognathic surgery (double jaw surgery).
Chin implants are best for patients who wish to have a different shape of the chin or who wish to have a moderately larger chin. During your consultation for chin implants Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Rodman can help determine which procedure is best for you. The best candidates for chin implants are those in good overall health with realistic expectations regarding the procedure. If you are a smoker, it will be necessary to quit several weeks before the date of the surgery.
You Have Options
At your consultation, you will discuss the options for different types of chin implants and pick the size and shape that best compliments your face. You will also be asked about your expectations regarding the procedure and what you hope to achieve from it. There are many different sizes and shapes of chin implants. There are implants that make the chin more square; some make it more U-shaped. All implants add horizontal projection, which augments how much the chin sticks out. A few implants may also increase the vertical height of the chin. For each shape of the implant, there are several sizes. The variety of chin implants helps patients get the look they want.
perfectly suited to each patient
In cases of significant chin asymmetry or where patients desire a shape or size outside of what is available, Dr. Rodman can make a custom chin implant. A custom implant is created based on the patient’s CT scan and fits their chin bone exactly. The shape and size are customized personally for each patient. Patients will first need a CT scan of their chin and lower jaw for a custom implant. Dr. Rodman will then perform virtual surgical planning to create an implant perfectly suited to each patient. The CT scan can mirror one side to the other for patients with asymmetry. Areas that the patient wishes to augment more or less than the pre-made implant can be done with a custom implant.
A chin implant is a relatively straightforward procedure that can be done under in the office with local numbing or in the operating room with IV sedation.
It can be placed on the chin through an incision in the mouth, or through a small incision behind the chin. Dr. Rodman will make a small incision under the chin, only about 1.5 cm long. It hides in a crease behind the chin pad, so it is hard to notice it once it heals. The second option is to place the implant through an incision in the mouth. This incision is slightly longer but inside the mouth, with no visible scars on the face.
A tight small pocket is elevated under the soft tissue of the chin, and the implant is placed in the pocket. Because Dr. Rodman carefully creates this pocket to be nearly the exact size of the implant, it fits tightly and does not shift. Several long-lasting stitches are used to secure the implant to the chin area to ensure that the implant does not move. No plates or screws are used. The chin implant procedure takes about one hour, and you will go home the same day. Expect some swelling and bruising for the first week. Patients can generally return to work and resume light activity within a few days.
Harmony Begins With Your Chin
The recovery process after chin augmentation varies from patient to patient. Following a chin implant procedure, patients are discouraged from physically strenuous activities for at least one week. Patients who work at a job that does not require heavy lifting may return to work in three to four days.
An antibiotic mouthwash will be prescribed when implants have been placed through incisions in the patient’s mouth. Patients should irrigate after each meal or snack. Patients who opt for the external incision will need to keep sutures clean and moisturized for the first week. After 6-7 days, patients will return to have sutures removed. Patients should then be careful to avoid the sun while the small scar is healing and apply scar gel to aid healing. Patients will also need to sleep for 48 hours after the procedure with their heads elevated. Your chin implant procedure will be performed in Dr. Regina Rodman‘s office located in Houston, TX.
Dr. Rodman will provide you with detailed instructions to care for and maintain your chin implants, including follow-up appointments. The team at Face Forward Houston will be available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your new, strong chin.
Like any other surgery, a chin implant has risks, including hemorrhage, bruising, scarring, implant infection, and other rare complications. In all cases of a chin implant, there is a slight resorption of the bone in the area of the implant. This is usually an insignificant amount, 1-2 mm, but it is important to know before choosing an implant.
Chin implants start at less than $125 per month.*
*With 36-month approved financing by Patient Fi
Schedule Your Houston Plastic Surgery Consultation Today
The Face Forward process starts with a consultation. You will meet with Dr. Rodman (either in the office or via video call) to discuss the result or look you want to achieve. Dr. Rodman will review and educate you about your options and schedule you for the procedure of your choice. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled as necessary. Achieve your look and enjoy the new you! Schedule your consultation for plastic surgery in Houston at Face Forward today.
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