Strengthen Your Chin
- Posted on: Feb 15 2018
Whatever the flaws you perceive, you see them every day when you first look in the mirror. We all can’t have chins like Kirk Douglas, but more definition would be nice.
Chin augmentation with implants is the way to change your chin. Dr. Saltz performs these procedures in his Salt Lake City and Park City offices.
What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation uses the insertion of implants, usually made from GORE-TEX or silicone, to change the patient’s chin and lower face. Many patients feel their chin isn’t proportional to the rest of their facial features. Others rue having an overly pointy chin. Many people feel as if their chin recedes, making the lower portion of their face seem somewhat featureless.
In this procedure, Dr. Saltz makes an incision in the mouth or under the chin and inserts the implant.
How is chin augmentation done?
During your consultation, Dr. Saltz and you will discuss the best location for your incision, either inside the mouth between the gum and lower lip or underneath the chin. Obviously, an incision made within the mouth leaves no visible scar, but it makes a recovery a little more involved. You would think an incision under the chin would be visible, but that area of the face is rarely, if ever, seen on most people. Plus, Dr. Saltz makes the scar barely noticeable.
Once Dr. Saltz makes the incision, the next step is to create a pocket for the implant. He does this in front of the jawbone. The implant is then inserted, and Dr. Saltz checks to see how the position and balance looks. He may adjust the implant pocket at this point. Once satisfied, the implant is sutured permanently into place, and the incision is closed.
There will be some swelling and bruise after your chin augmentation. The chin area will also likely feel tight, thanks to the new implant. There will probably also be some numbness and tingling. If your incision is inside your mouth, you will be on a soft diet for a few days. Most patients can return to work and typical activities in a week or so.
Tired of having a weak chin? Maybe it’s time to look into chin augmentation with Dr. Saltz. Call us at our Salt Lake City office, (801) 274-9500, or Park City office, (435) 655-6612, to schedule your consultation.