WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
If you consider your jaw small, you may benefit from surgery. Having a larger
(or "stronger") jaw can help balance one's appearance, creating equal weight in the
upper, middle, and lower thirds of the face. It can offset the prominence of a large or
even medium-sized nose. Enlarging the chin can also make the neck look longer and more
graceful, and this can be a helpful addition to a facelift when there is blunting of the
angle between lower neck and the under-chin region.
WHAT CHANGES CAN BE EXPECTED?
The jaw will protrude further from the face. In some people this can make a substantial
change in their overall facial appearance. The hollow between the lower lip and the chin may
HOW IS CHIN AUGMENTATION DONE?
There are two ways:
- 1) A plastic implant can be placed via an incision under the chin or one in the mouth.
- 2) By way of an incision in front of the lower teeth, the bony chin can be cut free from the lower jaw and slid forward.
This is a way of using the body's own tissues to
produce the desired change. Either way, the operation is usually done under general anesthesia.
Tapes are placed around the advanced jaw for a few days. Mild narcotics are given for pain,
usually for 3 or 4 days. If there is a wound in the mouth, you will be on a liquid diet for two
days and then soft foods for a few days.
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