A weak or receding chin can make you look older and heavier than you are, make your nose appear larger and out of proportion to the rest of your face, and shorten the appearance of your neck. With either an implant or with dermal filler, a chin augmentation is a technique for subtly increasing the projection of your chin.
If you have any of the following aesthetic issues, you may be a good candidate for a chin augmentation, whether with a custom chin implant, fillers, or natural fat transfer for a dramatic improvement in facial appearance:
During your chin augmentation consultation, Dr. Helen Allison will examine your facial anatomy, taking precise measurements while assessing skin tone and laxity. With our 3D imaging system’s assistance, you will easily see how the changes will appear once the procedure is complete.
A very weak or receding chin will likely require surgical chin augmentation with an implant. Dr. Helen Allison prefers to use a porous implant made of polyethylene. He uses this type of implant because it is flexible and allows your own tissue to grow into the pores, aiding in stability for long-term results.
For patients who only require only a mild degree of enhanced projection, a chin augmentation can be performed with either filler or natural fat transfer. Both procedures deliver an excellent result. The downside of these techniques is that the fat transfer may need to be performed more than once to achieve the desired outcome, and the filler will need to be “touched up” every year or so, depending on which filler is used.
The biggest problem with an implant is implant malposition. Dr. Helen Allison is meticulous in creating the proper size for the pocket in which the implant is placed and is careful to secure the implant not to shift post-operatively. This, along with his artistic eye in choosing the right size implant for your face, is what delivers a truly exemplary result.
There is no real downtime with a chin augmentation performed with fillers. However, the procedure with an implant is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgery center and will require at least two weeks of downtime. You can expect to be bruised and swollen for several weeks.