A weak or short chin can impact your self-esteem, making you self-conscious of your facial profile and the proportions of your face. Chin augmentation with implants or sliding genioplasty is a highly individualized procedure that can be life-changing for people who struggle with their jawline and chin shape. Charles S. Lee, MD, is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills who offers chin surgery. He can determine if this facial plastic surgery is right for you.
Men and women interested in chin augmentation need to meet the qualifications for the procedure, which may include the following.
1. Unhappy with Chin Appearance
Whether you have a recessed chin, a pointed or square chin, a fleshy neck, or a prominent nose that offsets your chin appearance, chin augmentation can balance your facial features and side profile. The procedure can add projection and definition for people unhappy with their chin size or shape or with a facial deformity from birth or a previous injury. Dr. Lee can restore a natural facial balance with chin implants or sliding genioplasty which alters the jaw and repositions it to form a more attractive jawline and facial profile.
2. Good General Health
You need a strong immune system to reduce the risk of complications and infection after chin augmentation. Your body needs to be at its best to recover from an invasive surgery. Any active sickness, allergic reaction, or injury may increase the risk of complications. Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking or a high body mass index, can also affect your body’s ability to heal. Patients with these concerns may need to wait or change their lifestyle before having chin augmentation.
3. Stable Weight
It’s best to be at or around your goal weight before having chin augmentation. Weight fluctuations can significantly affect the chin area and will alter your results. Dr. Lee recommends maintaining a stable weight before having facial plastic surgery.
4. Realistic Expectations
Chin augmentation is a customized procedure. Dr. Lee will develop a surgical approach and recommend an implant shape and size based on your unique facial features and cosmetic goals. You won’t look like your favorite celebrity, but you will enjoy an improved facial profile and jawline that looks like a more refined version of yourself.
If you smoke and are interested in chin augmentation, you must quit before and after surgery. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, limiting blood flow and cutting off tissue circulation. The area around the incisions for any procedure can be left without proper blood flow and cause serious complications. Mixing nicotine with chin augmentation can affect the skin tissue around the chin and implants, increase the risk of infection, and cause poor wound healing.
Why Choose Charles S. Lee, MD, at Enhance® Medical Center
Dr. Lee is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a member of multiple professional organizations and is an instructor for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has given many women and men a better facial profile and jawline with chin augmentation. You can view before-and-after images of previous patients to envision your potential results.