A facial implant is a medical device intended to augment a facial feature’s contours. One of the most popular facial implants used today is the chin implant, which adds definition and projection to the chin and jaw area.
If you wish you could build up a small or receding chin, a chin implant may be a good option for you. The procedure to place an implant is straightforward and, when performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon, quite safe.
Take a moment to learn more about chin implants from Charles S. Lee, MD, of Enhance® Medical Center.
When to Consider Chin Implants
Look at a photograph of your facial side profile, and imagine a line from your forehead down to your chin. Ideally this line should be straight, and your chin should project as far forward as your forehead and lips. However, if your chin does not align with your forehead, you have what doctors call a “weak” or receding chin.
A chin implant adds projection and definition to your chin, helping to improve the contours of your jawline and neck. It improves facial harmony and the appearance of your side profile. Implants are made from biocompatible, FDA-approved materials and come in different sizes and contours.
How Is a Chin Implant Placed?
Prior to the procedure, you and Dr. Lee will select the size and shape of the implant that will help you achieve the results you want and complement your natural anatomy. The implant you select will be placed through a small incision made underneath the chin or inside the mouth. Some doctors prefer to place the implant through an external incision rather than an incision in the mouth, as infections are less likely.
Chin implant surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure takes approximately an hour or less. The results are considered permanent.
Contact Dr. Lee Today
For more information about improving the appearance of a weak or recessed chin with an implant, Dr. Lee invites you to schedule a consultation at his practice. Call 310.271.5954 or email us today to request an appointment.