Strong chins are considered a sign of beauty, balancing the face and giving a pleasing silhouette. Men and women who may not be blessed with such a feature may consider chin implant surgery as a way to permanently augment this area.
Those with larger noses often choose chin implant surgery as a way to provide better facial balance and those that have perhaps treated their chins with temporary HA fillers in the past, may be looking for a more permanent solution.
Dr Riccardo Frati offers chin implants (augmentation) to his patients from his Harley Street clinic to those wishing to change the shape of their chins. Not only for cosmetic reasons, some may wish to undergo chin implant surgery to correct a birth defect or damage following an accident. Surgery to correct bite problems can also be performed during chin implant surgery.
Am I suitable for chin augmentation?
Prior to any surgical procedure, Dr Frati will conduct a full consultation with you to determine whether you are suitable for this procedure. He will discuss your concerns, goals and the expected results and will also examine your medical history in order to ensure you are not only physically fit for surgery, but that you are emotionally healthy to make an informed decision to proceed.
What happens during the procedure?
Prior to surgery you will have x-rays taken of your face and chin. Dr Frati will use these x-rays to find out what part of the chin to operate on. During the surgery, a cut is made, either inside the mouth or outside, under the chin. A pocket is created in front of the chin bone and under the muscles and an implant is placed inside. Dr Frati may use your own bone or fat tissue, or an implant made out of silicone, Teflon™, Dacron, or newer materials. The implant is usually attached to the bone with sutures or screws. Sutures are used to close the surgical cut. When the cut is inside the mouth, the scar can barely be seen.
Will I have a general anaesthetic?
Depending on the method Dr Frati chooses to take with your individual concern, you may either have a local or general anaesthetic. You will be advised prior to the surgery, which option will be relevant and you will also be advised on what to do on the day. In any case, you will need to be accompanied home by a chaperone.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure will take between 1-3 hours, but you will be advised on a more accurate time frame, prior to your surgery. You will also need to consider a period of consultation prior to surgery and some recovery time post op.
When will I see the results?
As chin augmentation is an invasive surgical procedure, you will see results straight away, however, there will be a period of swelling and bruising which will you will need to allow to go down before you see the exacting results and you will be wearing dressings for a few days following your operation. This can take anything up to 8 weeks and Dr Frati will advise on sensible aftercare so that you can aid your own healing. This will consist of resting for up to a week or so following the procedure. You will also need to take in to account that lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking excessive alcohol can delay the healing process.
Are there any possible complications?
The most common complications of chin augmentation are:
Other rare complications can include:
• Damage to the teeth
• Loss of feeling
• Movement of the implant
Rare side effects can include:
• Blood clots
• Infection — sometimes the implant will have to be removed
• Pain that does not go away
• Numbness or other changes in feeling to the skin
Dr Frati is a fully qualified and highly experienced consultant plastic surgeon and offers the highest level of care to all his patients, therefore complications with his surgical procedures are incredibly rare.