Chin and Facial Implants
Various implant materials and techniques have been attempted throughout the course of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in an effort to enhance features deemed attractive to certain societies. A strong chin, high pronounced cheekbones and a sharp, angled jaw are some of the more common features that implants may help enhance or replicate.
When looking at a face on profile, the relationship between the chin and nose is of critical importance. One can think of the nose and chin as on opposite ends of a seesaw, balanced on the lower lip. Relative prominence of the nose can cause a relative “weak” appearance of the chin and vice-versa. In the case of a small chin, implantation may be recommended in patients considering rhinoplasty, especially in those with an overprojected nose.
A strong chin has long been deemed attractive, particularly in male patients–in fact, a relatively strong chin has been shown to increase the likelihood of promotion in the military! Chin implantation may also help the “double chin” appearance, especially with patients undergoing necklifting and/or liposuction of the neck.
The procedure is performed through a small small (usually less than 1″) incision hidden beneath the chin and utilizes a custom-carved silicone implant that is securely anchored beneath the periosteum, a fibrous layer covering the bone, of the mandible. Some mild numbness may be temporarily experienced after surgery but it is generally very well-tolerated.
Other Facial Implants
There are several surgeons nationwide that advocate facial implantation beyond chin implantation, including cheek implants and angle of the jaw implants (among others). Generally speaking, because other implants are harder to fixate securely (unlike chin implants) there is a significant risk of movement or migration of the implant over time leading to asymmetry of the face. For this reason, Dr. Pero is generally not an advocate of facial implantation other than chin implantation.
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