Providing balance to your face by enhancing your chin and jaw line can make other facial features, such as the nose, appear more proportional and attractive. It can also rejuvenate the face and provide a slimming appearance to the lower face. This procedure is minimally invasive and yet has tremendous benefits.
This procedure is frequently done along with rhinoplasty, facelift/necklift, and liposuction of the neck. For more information, please follow the links or simply call the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery for an appointment.
The first step towards addressing your cosmetic concerns is to have an in-depth consultation with Dr. Jen Chow at the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. This will provide you with the opportunity to review your aesthetic goals with the facial plastic surgeon himself. Additional before and after photos will be available to you, and you will receive an information packet that will describe much of what you discuss in greater detail. This will allow you to review the information at your leisure after your consultation.
After you have scheduled your chin implant surgery, along with any other procedures, you will have the opportunity to visit with Dr. Chow and ask any additional questions you may have. You will also be provided written instructions regarding what you should do before and after surgery. These will be reviewed with you so that you are completely confortable about the procedure. Foods, supplements, and even vitamins that may thin the blood should be avoided. Aspirin, ibuprofen, Alleve, and other over the counter non-steroidal inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) should be avoided as well. You should refrain from tobacco products and alcohol in the week prior to surgery as well. These can affect your healing after surgery, and cause other problems, such as persistent redness of the skin.
Before surgery, you will be provided with prescriptions for any and all medications you will need after surgery. Please obtain these before surgery. Many patients also choose to take Arnica Montana, a natural supplement, which has been associated with decreased bruising. Arnica should be taken both before and after surgery in order to decrease the likelihood of bruising and also to shorten the duration of any bruising that does occur. Vitamin C both before and after surgery will help to promote healing.
Dr. Chow performs almost all chin implants at a fully accredited outpatient surgical facility. The procedure may occasionally be performed in the office under appropriate conditions. You will be given specific instructions leading up to your procedure. Remind yourself to avoid putting pressure on the chin (or engaging in contact sports) in the weeks after surgery. Some helpful tips for the day of surgery include: avoiding clothing that must be pulled over the head (zippered or buttoned shirts are recommended), leaving jewelry and valuables at home, and keeping the face and hair free of makeup and hair sprays or gels, respectively.
Once you have arrived at the facility, Dr. Chow will mark your face for the procedure and review your aesthetic goals with you. Dr. Chow is able to place chin implants through either a small outer incision (under the chin) or through an incision in the mouth. Before you schedule your procedure, the surgical approach will be discussed to your satisfaction.
In general, Dr. Chow prefers silastic implants for the chin, though he is also able to use a number of other materials, depending on your needs. If you are interested in non-surgical chin enhancement, this is something commonly performed with Radiesse. Please click on the link for more details.
Most chin implant procedures take about an hour or less. You will have tape over your chin afterwards to reduce swelling and prevent movement of the implant. Dr. Chow usually removes the tape four to five days after surgery.