What Is Chin Augmentation?
A genioplasty, or chin augmentation, is a form of plastic surgery which typically utilizes implants to improve the shape and size of the chin. A small implant is inserted either under the mouth or along the jawline to create a more defined, projected look. This prominence helps give an otherwise undersized chin a more prominent appearance, improving the overall balance of the face.
Am I a Candidate?
Generally, you may be an ideal candidate for the procedure if you have a small chin without a large overbite. To have an idea of your candidacy, try taking a picture from the side. If your chin projects as far forward as your bottom lip, you may benefit from the procedure.
If you are a smoker, you must be able to quit smoking several weeks before your surgery and refrain from smoking during recovery. This is because nicotine can interfere with healing and cause excessive bleeding.
What Are the Benefits?
There are several reasons why a chin augmentation may be beneficial. A chin augmentation can help:
- Strengthen the appearance of a small chin
- Increase the size of the chin
- Create an attractive, contoured jawline
- Minimize the appearance of your jowls
- Correct a double chin
- Balance the proportions of your facial features
To help you reach your aesthetic goals, Dr. Franco can create a customized procedure that addresses your concerns.
What Are the Risks?
Like any form of plastic surgery, a chin augmentation has some risk involved. Some of the risks associated with chin augmentation surgery include:
- Internal bleeding
- Poor scarring
- Shifts in implant position
- Anesthesia complications
However, when the procedure is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Franco, the likelihood of complications is much lower.
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
Immediately following the surgery, you may experience some swelling and discomfort around your incisions. This is usually minimal and can be controlled with a cold compress or medication. Depending on the nature of your chin augmentation, you may want to avoid solid food for the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Most patients find that they can return to work after just one week.
For about 1-2 weeks, you will need to sleep on your back with your head elevated to control swelling and avoid disturbing your incisions. During this time, you should avoid any activity that will irritate your chin. This means avoiding things like jogging, swimming, weightlifting, etc. After 3-4 weeks, you may be able to resume vigorous physical activity. However, make sure to check with Dr. Franco to ensure your incisions have healed properly. About one month after your surgery, most of your swelling should be gone and you should be clear to resume all of your usual activities. The final results of your chin augmentation will be visible about 3 months after the procedure.
Is It Covered By Insurance?
Since chin augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by most insurance policies. In rare instances, an insurance plan may cover a chin augmentation if it is for reconstructive purposes due to a congenital illness or physical trauma.