The Typical Patient

  • Desire for a more youthful appearance with an enhanced, wider, or longer chin.
  • Focusing on small or recessed chin, especially in side view.
  • Features of overbite may be present.
  • Also related to excess fat or excess skin under the chin.

The Procedure

  • Anesthesia is usually a very light general and the procedure takes about two hours.
  • The incision is a very inconspicuous location of a variable length under the chin.
  • The procedure involves making a space and placing a silicone or synthetic implant.
  • No drains are used.
  • Dressings and a light compression garment are used for several days.
  • This can be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures.

The Recovery

  • You can go home after several hours or stay overnight.
  • You can shower on the second day after surgery.
  • There is only minimal pain that is mostly gone by the second or third day and easily controlled by medications.
  • Swelling is mild to moderate and peaks at two to three days then disappears rapidly over the next three weeks.
  • Minimal or no bruising is the usual.
  • Some grogginess is present which persists for about a week.
  • You can resume many activities within the first week, and most by at least three weeks.
  • The stitches are removed at seven days.
  • Expect to be off of work for only three to seven days.

The Result

  • Beautiful, balanced and proportioned contour of the lower face, chin and neck.
  • Lasts the rest of your life and always looks better than if you didn't do it.
  • The chin implant does not move or displace over time.
  • Natural and presentable appearance in the first week that just gets better over the next three to six months.