The chin plays a significant role in shaping one’s facial silhouette. A chin, perfectly formed can have a pragmatic impact on a person’s appearance whilst playing a seemingly-subtle role. Cosmetic plastic chin surgery is used to enhance the facial appearance by contouring the chin area. Chin surgery is also known as Mentoplasty aids patients to achieve an ideal facial profile and look their absolute best.

Double chin reduction

A double chin is a common problem across all ages and genders. It usually comprises of either sagging skin or stubborn fat that is hard to target. Both of which, may induce self-consciousness and make one feel gauche. This procedure can boost the patient’s morale by improving their aesthetic appearance. A double chin reduction surgery can aid in reducing fat around the chin area – revealing a more toned and defined jawline.

 

Chin-Augmentation

Pre-procedural prep

  • Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
  • Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure as they are at higher risk.
  • Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
  • Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
  • Care – the patient will be asked to arrange for driven transport as they cannot drive post-surgery. It is also advisable to have someone at home to help a few days during recovery.

Procedure

Liposuction:

This technique of double chin removal removes fat in small amounts to render a seamless finish. Liposuction is performed under local anaesthesia. The process involves creating small, tactical incisions under the jawline and inserting a cannula. The instrument is moved in a windshield-wiper motion and using gentle suction, the excess fat is removed. Once the desired results are achieved, the surgeon closes the incision using sutures. The area may be dressed using a chin bandage to support the stitches during recovery.

Submentoplasty:

This method of double chin reduction surgery removes loose skin and tightens the muscles of the chin and upper neck. Submentoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure begins with incisions that are made in the hairline, under the jaw. The surgeon then proceeds to tighten and anchor the muscles, along with removing any excess skin. Once the desired results are achieved, the surgeon closes the incision using sutures.

The treated area may be dressed using a chin bandage to support the stitches during recovery. The scarring caused due to this technique is typically well hidden in the hairline. Submentoplasty is a more advanced method of chin reduction and can be combined along with liposuction to achieve more effective results.

Risks & recovery

  • Downtime – the patient can resume normal activities in 7 to 10 days, depending on the technique used.
  • Activities – there should be minimal mouth or jaw movement for the first few days into recovery. Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
  • Diet – the physician may recommend a liquid diet consumed through a straw to avoid jaw movement for the first few days. Hot and spicy food should be avoided until the sutures have healed.
  • Scarring – depending on the technique used, there may be visible scarring.
  • Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated area.
  • General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, scarring and infection.
  • Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
  • Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
  • Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright and elevated position. This reduces swelling and avoids any tugging or pulling.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
  • Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few days as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
  • Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers and antibiotics. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical treatments. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.
  • Makeup – makeup can be used to conceal any prolonged bruising and scars post-recovery.

Chin augmentation

The configuration and structure one’s chin can drastically change their facial profile. Chin augmentation is opted by patients who have a regressed chin. It aids in achieving, a well-shaped and protruding chin curated to suit their silhouette. This procedure can improve one’s confidence and boost their morale. Chin augmentation results in a poised facial profile and defined jawline.

Pre-procedural prep

  • Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
  • Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure as they are at higher risk.
  • Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
  • Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
  • Care – the patient will be asked to arrange for driven transport as they cannot drive post-surgery. It is also advisable to have someone at home to help a few days during recovery.

Procedure

Sliding augmentation:

This technique of genioplasty includes re-positioning the chin. The surgeon will saw to cut the regressed and excess bone. Once the desired results are achieved, the surgeon closes the incision using sutures. The area may be dressed using a chin bandage to support the stitches during recovery.

Sliding genioplasty is used on patients with severe chin recession and is oft combined with chin implants.

Chin implants:

Chin augmentation via an implant, involves the surgeon making an incision under the chin or in the buccal cavity. The selected implant is placed in position and secured. Once the desired results are achieved, the surgeon closes the incision using sutures. The area may be dressed using a chin bandage to support the stitches during recovery.

The implant is of alloplastic (synthetic) origin, most likely made of medical-grade silicone.

 Risks & recovery

  • Downtime – the patient can resume normal activities in 7 to 10 days, depending on the technique used.
  • Activities – there should be minimal mouth or jaw movement for the first few days into recovery. Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
  • Diet – the physician may recommend a liquid diet consumed through a straw to avoid jaw movement for the first few days. Hot and spicy food should be avoided until the sutures have healed.
  • Scarring – depending on the technique used, there may be visible scarring.
  • Bruising – in chin augmentation, the patient’s skin will stretch rapidly and lead to severe bruising due to volume increase.
  • Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated area.
  • Rejection – there may be a mild possibility that the patient’s body may reject the implant.
  • General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, scarring and infection.
  • Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
  • Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
  • Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright and elevated position. This reduces swelling and avoids any tugging or pulling.
  • Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
  • Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few days as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
  • Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers, immunosuppressants and antibiotics. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical treatments. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.
  • Makeup – makeup can be used to conceal any prolonged bruising and scars post-recovery.

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