When most people look at their face in the mirror, they notice their nose or their eyes, not their chin. Unless your chin has a very unusual shape or is extremely under or over-projected, you may not have noticed how it affects your overall look. However, your chin plays an important role in your overall facial aesthetics–and a chin implant could help you get the look you want.
The Chin’s Role in Facial Aesthetics
As our most prominent features, the nose and the eyes get a lot of attention. The nose, in particular, tends to draw the most attention, especially if it appears overly large, crooked, or has a “hump” on the bridge of the nose. However, the nose isn’t always the problem when it comes to refinin facial aesthetics.
The chin’s most important role is in facial balance. If the chin is too small or is poorly-projected (doesn’t stick out far enough), the nose can appear much bigger than it really is.
In addition to affecting facial balance, a “weak” or under-projected chin can create the illusion of a double chin and affect the attractiveness of a person’s profile. It may stay “behind the scenes” but the fact is, the chin’s role in facial aesthetics is an important one.
How a Chin Implant Can Help Refine the Face
A chin implant is a synthetic device that is permanently secured in place over the existing bone to augment the chin. Chin augmentation is often performed at the same time as rhinoplasty to ensure facial harmony and balance among all the facial features.
Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) is often the best option for people who want to improve their overall look but are happy with the size and shape of their nose and ears. In many cases, when something is not quite “right” it has to do with a facial balance issue related to the chin.
An implant can also help patients with a round “baby face” achieve a more refined look. The implant can add new, mature contours and make the face more angular. Some people never outgrow a round, youthful face, and a chin implant can lend a more sophisticated appearance to the patient’s facial aesthetics.
The Chin Implant Procedure
Chin augmentation surgery provides instant results and involves a surprisingly simple procedure. First, the surgeon administers anesthesia. Because the procedure is quick and simple, most patients only need local anesthesia with IV sedation.
Once the anesthesia is working, the surgeon will make a small incision. Usually, this is placed under the chin in a natural crease. Any scarring will be discreet and difficult to see. The surgeon then makes a space for the implant and orients and secures it over the existing chin structures. Once the implant is secure, the surgeon closes the incision. The entire process usually takes under an hour.
Benefits of Chin Augmentation
There are many benefits to a chin augmentation procedure. The most significant benefit, of course, is the aesthetic changes and improvements to overall facial balance and harmony. However, a chin implant has other side benefits as well.
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Cosmetic chin surgery is also relatively straightforward and the recovery is minimal. Patients can be back to work and many other normal activities in just a few days.
Finally, chin augmentation can boost patients’ confidence. Men and women alike typically feel more comfortable in their own skin and experience a boost in their overall self-esteem.
Talk to an Expert Plastic Surgeon
If you think you might be a good candidate for a chin implant, then your next step should be to talk to an expert. You should choose a plastic surgeon who specializes in this procedure. This will help to ensure your safety and results.
Dr. Anurag Agarwal and Dr. William Ross are renowned plastic surgeons at