Chin augmentation surgery through the use of implant is one of the most commonly requested facial rejuvenation procedures of men, which have different goals from women, as suggested by celebrity Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Karan Dhir.
Chin implant is reshaped in a way to correct the near absent or “weak” chin, which has an effeminizing effect. While dermal filler injection could also enhance this area, the use of implants is suitable for patients who need more correction and want a more permanent solution.
In essence, chin implant improves the profile of the chin that almost disappears from the neck; it does not elongate one’s face, which might require a different, more extensive facial contouring procedure.
Studies have suggested that a lot of rhinoplasty (nose job) male patients benefit from a concomitant chin augmentation. The idea is to improve the shape and profile of the nose, chin, and neck in a way that the aesthetic proportion of the face is enhanced.
For male rhinoplastic patients with recessed chin, their more refined nose could make their lower face appear weaker in comparison, thus aggravating the discrepancy and facial imbalance, explains Dr. Dhir.
Nowadays, chin implants are made from a variety of materials, although solid silicone is the most popular because of its biocompatibility and good track record for patient safety. If positioned and attached onto the bone correctly, the results are supposed to last a lifetime.
Nevertheless, impressive results are only possible if the chin implants are highly customized based on the patient’s facial structure and shape, and his “cosmetic” motives and expectations as well. The idea is to use an implant size and shape that is within the confines of the underlying anatomy.
Chin augmentation via implant is often performed under local anesthesia with sedation, although patients could also elect to have their surgery under general anesthesia.
The implant is introduced via a small incision under the chin or inside the mouth, behind the lower lip. Regardless of the entry point, the “process” is not supposed to result in visible scars or any telltale sign of plastic surgery.
For most patients, the surgery takes less than an hour, although it has become a common practice to combine it with other rejuvenating procedures such as facelift, rhinoplasty, dermal fillers, fat graft, etc., which can lead to a longer operating time. With a combo surgery, Dr. Dhir says the patient can avoid a second procedure and healing period.