Chin augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure performed by Dr. Richard Galitz in which a chin implant is placed in the front of the chin to make the chin more prominent. The surgery can build up a receding chin and improve overall facial harmony. This is a safe, easy procedure that is ideal for anyone with a weak-looking chin seeking better definition. It is often paired with rhinoplasty for those with a weak chin who are also looking to draw less attention to the nose.
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Galitz performs chin implant procedures in the office-based surgical suite at Aventura Plastic Surgery in Aventura, Florida, or in a nearby outpatient surgery center. Procedure times average thirty to forty-five minutes. Local anesthesia is typically used, though IV sedation may be used as well. The incision is small and is located under the chin. Through this incision, the implant is inserted and precisely placed along the lower edge of the jawbone. Implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes which allow them to be custom fitted to the individual patient.
The recovery after chin augmentation takes approximately one week. It is not uncommon for patients to experience some discomfort in the first few days, and this can be alleviated with medication. Bruising and swelling are also common. Talking, smiling and other facial movements may be difficult at first. Stitches are removed after one week. Patients are generally able to return to work within two days of their chin implant procedure, though more strenuous activities and exercise should not be resumed until at least one week. As with other types of surgery, there are potential complications and these may include numbness, infection and poor implant placement. Choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon for your chin augmentation surgery can help to minimize your risks while maximizing your results.
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