Chin Plastic Surgery

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Chin plastic surgery can be done to reshape the chin or to correct excess skin and fatty tissue beneath the jaw that leads to a double chin deformity. In the second instance, a double chin deformity, plastic surgery often is accomplished using Tumescent Liposuction. This procedure works by removing the excess fat through an incision under the chin. This procedure has less side effects and a more rapid recovery than a facelift. It also has less scarring than with earlier methods.

The Tumescent Liposuction can easily remove the double chin and improve the chin and neck skin tightness. There is little bleeding and very little trauma to the tissue. No general anesthesia is used and recovery time is rapid and patients are usually comfortable throughout the procedure.

Plastic surgery in the chin area which involves reshaping is also called Mentoplasty. This surgery will reshape the chin and might be recommended to a patient who is having a nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion. Plastic surgery reshaping the chin may involve an implant to reconstruct the area. There are risks to the use of an implant and although they are rare you should be informed prior to surgery about the possibilities.

This isn’t a complete list of risks that you may face but only a partial list of potential issues. A facial implant may shift out of alignment and a second operation maybe necessary to replace the position. An infection may happen, as with any surgery, but if it can’t be cleared up the implant may have to be removed and replaced at a later date. Surgery risks also include problems with anesthesia, blood clots, fluid retention and wound infection.

The insertion of a chin implant in chin plastic surgery may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. The surgeon will insert the implant in a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The incision may be made inside the mouth along the lower lip or in the skin just under the chin. The chin is usually taped after surgery to minimize swelling and pain. Sutures will be removed in 5-7 days.

Recovery from chin plastic surgery requires little to no special care. The patient experiences discomfort and swelling in the area for several days. It may help to sleep in an elevated position for a week to keep the swelling to a minimum. It will be normal to experience some temporary difficulty with smiling and talking. Your surgeon will have specific instructions for you about dental hygiene and eating as well as any other restrictions to your activities.

Remember than in any facial surgery you may feel and look better in a short period of time but it may not be best to do certain activities that will result in your face being bumped and jarred for several weeks.

It is important to have a clear understanding of what will happen and why you wish to have this procedure done. While having the procedure may improve your appearance and increase your self-esteem it won’t solve your problems. Some believe that it will improve your self-confidence while dealing with your specific life issues but as for solving those life issues they are the same before and after the surgery.

RESOURCES

Facial Plastic Surgery: Chin Surgery
http://www.aafprs.org/patient/procedures/mentoplasty.html
Johns Hopkins: Necklift and Chin Augmentation
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/facial_plastic_reconstructive_surgery/cosmetic_procedures/chin_augmentation/
Cleveland Clinic: Facial Implants and Chin Surgery
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/procedures/facial-surgery/facial-implants-chin-surgery.aspx
university of Rochester: Chin Surgery (Mentoplasty)
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/surgery/plastic/cosmetic/facial-surgery/mentoplasty.aspx
University of Michigan Dept of Surgery: Chin Surgery Genioplasty
http://surgery.med.umich.edu/plastic/patient/adult_procedures/genioplasty/
Today Health: For cosmetic surgery, chins are the new breasts
http://www.today.com/health/cosmetic-surgery-chins-are-new-breasts-chinplants-rise-717344

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