If you are bothered by the shape, size or prominence of your chin, chin augmentation surgery might be right for you. Chin augmentation surgery is designed to enlarge, augment or reshape the chin area. An implant is used to create balance and a more pleasing contour to the face.
The implants are usually made of a silicone compound. Prior to the surgery, the type, size, and method of placement of the implants will be discussed carefully with you and Dr. Mueller.
This procedure is frequently done in conjunction with a facelift or other facial surgery, or may be done alone.
What happens during chin augmentation surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during chin augmentation surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Mueller will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
There are two common surgical methods by which the implants may be introduced into the face. Sometimes an intraoral method is used, in which an incision is made inside the mouth, between the gums and the lower lip. This is perhaps the most direct approach. However, usually an implant is placed through a crease immediately below the point of the chin. The best approach for your individual needs will be discussed in detail during pre-operative appointment.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Incisions typically are closed with removable or absorbable sutures.
Step 6 – See the results
The results will be long lasting. After the surgery there may be some elastic tape placed on the face to help hold the implant in place while it heals. It is helpful to use cold compresses for the few days immediately after the surgery to reduce swelling. During this time, there may be some discomfort which usually responds quite quickly to pain medication.
The swelling should begin to subside within three to five days along with the discomfort. It is not uncommon for there to be some temporary numbness in the lip or weakness of the smile. This is due to the body’s inflammatory response to any surgical operation and usually within one to three weeks both of these functions return to normal. It is expected that you will be presentable in approximately one week.
What costs may be involved?
- Surgeon’s fee.
- Surgical facility costs.
- Anesthesia fees.
- Prescriptions for medication.
- Medical clearance from your doctor.
- Medical tests.
Your satisfaction involves more than a fee.
When choosing a plastic surgeon, remember that achieving the desired cosmetic outcome involves many choices. The first and most important decision is selecting a surgeon you can trust.
Choosing Dr. Mueller ensures that you have selected a surgeon who:
- Has completed at more than seven years of general surgical training with an additional two years specifically in plastic surgery.
- Has been in private practice for more than fifteen years.
- Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
- Has keen artistic judgment.
- Is an inventor and top innovator is the field of facial and neck procedures.
- Operates only in accredited medical facilities.
- Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
- Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
- Is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery ASPS Member Surgeons.
Dr. Mueller’s private practice offers elite care. We provide a highly personalized boutique like experience. Just as important as the final cost of the surgery is your comfort with Dr. Mueller and his team as well as your trust in him.