RECOVERY 5 days with a bandage, 2-3 days of pain
What Is A Chin Implant?
Chin augmentation with a silicone chin implant can enhance your natural bony features. By enhancing one’s chin, we can improve the balance of your face and help contour your jawline.
How Much Does A Chin Implant Cost?
According to RealSelf, a chin implant varies in cost from $2000 to $6000. This procedure should always be done in a sterile environment, so expect to pay a facility fee for the operating room. The type of implant used also varies as custom 3-D printed implants start at $3400 for just the implant itself. The procedure does not NEED to be done under general anesthesia, so there are some cost savings if you are doing it with local anesthesia. Our current price is $4,499 for a standard anatomical chin implant.
Implantech offers multiple variations of the standard implant. Examples of other options include extended or square implants. During the consult Dr. Patel will assess which size and more importantly shape is best for you.
Who Is A Good Chin Augmentation Candidate?
Whether you inherently have weaker bone structure, want to enhance what you have, or seem to have lost some bony volume with age, there are many things you can do to improve this: synthetic fillers, fat grafting, and the use of silicone implants.
What Are Some Chin Implant Alternatives?
Chin augmentation is commonly performed in 3 ways: fillers, bone advancement (genioplasty), and silicone implants. While fillers are the easiest, they are not permanent and in the long term generally will be a more expensive option. Sliding genioplasty is a technique in which a saw is used to make a cut in the jaw to advance the bone which is then secured in place with plates and screws.
Based on his experience and expertise Dr. Patel prefer a silicone chin implant from Implantech. These implants can be inserted via an incision inside the mouth or right below the chin. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and completed in just under an hour.
What Happens During My Chin Surgery Consult
During your consultation, computer morphing will be performed so you can visualize and determine the changes that will best suit your face. Dr. Patel will assess your face to determine which implant style will fit your goals best. Dr. Patel will walk you through the procedure, the details of the implant selection process and the anticipated recovery.
How Is A Chin Implant Performed?
The procedure is performed using local numbing shots. Dr. Patel also prefers patients to take an anti-anxiety pill which helps lower their blood pressure by calming their nerves. Generally, a 2-3cm long incision in the crease below your chin. While an external scar is not ideal, this is a location where it is rarely seen or recognized. More importantly, performing the procedure externally yields fewer complications such as infection.
A pocket is created under the layer right over the jaw bone. Dr. Patel then uses trial implants to find an ideal size implant for you. The actual implant is then washed in antibiotics and precisely inserted into the pocket. A few stitches later, the procedure is complete. No screws. No bony cuts.
Dr. Patel’s Chin Implant: The Difference
Experience, Precision, and Communication. Patients will have computer images simulated to come up with a goal implant. This is a very mathematical and detailed-oriented process. Dr. Patel performs 100’s every year. Because this is a procedure Dr. Patel specializes in, he is able to do it with you awake for live feedback. We also carry all implant sizes and styles as we perform this procedure often.
What Does A Chin Implant Feel Like?
No. These are not like breast implants. The chin implant should be immobile and even when you touch it, it should feel like bone.
What Is Recovery Like?
After chin augmentation, there is a slight soreness, swelling, and numbness at the incision site; for this, you will take some pain medication. Keeping the head elevated to minimize swelling is recommended. Patients usually return to work after 5 days simply because they will have their chin taped until this time. The swelling lasts up to 3 months but for the most part, you can see a result immediately.
Risks Of Implants
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, those related to augmentation with chin implants include the following:
- Loss of sensation
- Implant site infection
- Implant shifting
Dr. Patel has published literature on the use of cheek and chin implants to enhance facelift results. The chin implants are similarly used to enhance the result of rhinoplasty to help improve and balance one’s profile. Chin implants can also be combined with chin liposuction to define and chisel the jawline.