When a chin is too small for the face, an augmentation can often produce dramatic improvements in facial harmony. When you examine your profile in a mirror, your chin should project near an imaginary vertical line dropped from the lower lip. A weak chin may also exaggerate the appearance of a large nose or a short neck. Plastic surgeons in Cumberland, Hagerstown, and Morgantown perform chin augmentations for many patients.

What is Chin Augmentation?

Chin augmentation is accomplished with implants that can increase the size and projection of a chin that does not project in proportion with the forehead and mid-face. A small or recessed chin can also be described as one that seems to disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight, rather than appearing as a distinct facial feature.

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Am I a good candidate for Chin Augmentation?

Plastic surgery with facial implants is best performed on people whose head and skull have reached physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence. This procedure is a good option for you if you are physically healthy, do not smoke, and have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improvement of your cheekbones. Morgantown plastic surgeons will work with you to determine if a chin augmentation would suit your needs.

What can I expect from Chin Augmentation?

The appearance of your face is determined by three basic components: skin, soft tissues, and underlying facial bones. If the structure of your chin too small or is disproportionate, it can significantly affect your self-image. Chin implants bring balance and better proportion to the structural appearance of your face. They define your face by increasing projection and creating more distinct features. Defined facial features, visible contours and natural angles that are proportionate all create structural balance in your face and a more attractive appearance. Chin augmentation performed by different surgeons in the Hagerstown, Cumberland, and Morgantown areas will vary. Every patient will experience results unique to their facial structure.

How long is recovery from Chin Augmentation?

For a chin implant, the incision may be located inside your mouth and along the crease that joins your lower lip and gums. An incision just beneath the chin is an alternative option. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within 1-2 weeks following your surgery. While the initial outcome of plastic surgery with facial implants is noticeable almost immediately, it will be obscured by visible swelling. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate. The final results of your facial implant surgery will be long-lasting, however, the initial healing phase may include localized swelling, discoloration, numbness, or discomfort. In addition, facial movements may be temporarily restricted or impaired. These are common conditions.