Chin augmentation with implants is a cosmetic procedure that helps strengthen the lower jaw features. Individuals who decide to have this surgery often do so because they feel their chin is too small or doesn’t fit with the natural angles of their face and neck. Others go this route to help define and build up an otherwise unprojected or underdeveloped chin. Surgical chin augmentations can improve the chin and jawline’s appearance, helping to balance out facial features and create a more desirable look.
Dr. Leo Lapuerta, an experienced, triple-board-certified plastic surgeon, performs this surgical procedure in Houston, Pearland, and Katy, Texas. He uses a biocompatible, synthetically-produced flexible silicone implant, which comes in various shapes and sizes. With the help of chin implants, Dr. Lapuerta can construct a more prominent, stronger jawline and wider, proportionate chin. The surgeon will assess the patient’s facial structure and discuss aesthetic goals to determine which implants and surgical techniques are best to create the desired chin aesthetic.
During chin augmentation surgery, Dr. Lapuerta will use a silicone implant and move it through an incision that he makes under the patient’s chin. The surgeon then places the implant directly over the bone along the lower jaw. Dr. Lapuerta will construct a pocket to hold it, which may involve shaving the jawbone to help fit the implant in place. He then uses surgical sutures to attach the implant to the chin bone. In some cases, he will make the incision on the inside of the mouth, depending on the patient’s needs.
Before scheduling the chin augmentation surgery, the patient will first attend several meetings with Dr. Lapuerta, including a consultation meeting and a pre-operative appointment. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will assess the patient’s health, review the patient’s concerns and aesthetic goals, and determine if the patient is a good candidate for chin augmentation surgery. If the patient and surgeon decide to move forward with the procedure, the surgeon will discuss additional details and expectations during the pre-operative appointment. Then they can schedule a date for the chin augmentation surgery.
The chin augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Lapuerta performs under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility in Texas. The entire surgery typically takes about an hour to complete, but it sometimes takes longer depending on the chosen technique.
Immediately after surgery, Dr. Lapuerta will apply medical tape or a compression dressing to help protect the implant while the jaw recovers. The patient will want to keep their head elevated to minimize swelling and encourage proper healing. Dr. Lapuerta will provide the patient with post-op instructions for a speedy recovery. He may suggest a liquid-only diet for a few days until the area begins to heal.
The patient will also meet with Dr. Lapuerta for several follow-up appointments. During these sessions the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s chin augmentation recovery, remove sutures, and address any questions and concerns.
As for chin augmentation recovery time, it can take four to six weeks to heal fully. However, many patients can begin normal activities within a week or so and resume strenuous activity within three to four weeks. During this time, the swelling, discomfort, and numbness that occurs in the chin and lower lip will gradually improve. The patient can use pain medication and cold compresses to help manage any discomfort.
Once the swelling subsides, patients can expect to see the final results of the surgical chin augmentation within three to four months. The majority of these implants last a lifetime.
Most patients are pleased with their results and feel that they have a stronger, more defined profile because of the surgery. This procedure not only enhances their outward appearance, but it can boost their self-confidence and self-esteem, too.
Most patients can expect to pay around $2,000 – $4,000 for a chin augmentation procedure. The exact and final chin augmentation costs will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. Dr. Lapuerta will provide a cost estimate during the initial meetings, after assessing the patient and determining a treatment plan,
Interested in learning more about surgical chin augmentations? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta today. Dr. Lapuerta has more than two decades of experience in the plastic surgery industry and has performed more than 20,000 procedures. As a trusted surgeon, he will evaluate your health and concerns and help you decide if chin augmentation surgery is the right option for you.