Chin Implants for a Stronger, Well-Defined Jawline
As with the nose and lips, the chin is an essential and defining facial trait. However, many are unsatisfied with the appearance of their chin. A recessed or weak chin makes your face look rounder, older, and can accentuate a double chin or a flabby, sagging neck. As a result, many look to plastic surgery to improve the definition and contour of their jawline with procedures like chin implant surgery. We are happy to offer chin implant surgery here at Artemedica in Santa Rosa performed by double-board certified Dr. Lacombe.
If you are bothered by your weak or recessed chin or feel like your facial features lack proportion, chin implant surgery can help bring your face back into balance. Chin implant surgery helps strengthen and straighten the contours of the jaw and creates better definition between the jawline and the neck. As a result, chin implant recipients feel more confident in their appearance.
So what are chin implants?
Chin implants are shaped silicon implants used in conjunction with chin surgery (mentoplasty) to give the chin more projection. Chin implants are small and solid with no chance of leaking or puncture. Chin implants vary in size and contour; your facial plastic surgeon will help you to choose the right size and style to achieve your desired degree of enhancement while also providing the most natural results. When inserted by a trained and certified surgeon like Dr. Lacombe, chin implants will feel similar to your natural chin; it will also be impossible to tell whether you have had chin augmentation.
Chin implant surgery at Artemedica with Dr. Lacombe
Chin implant surgery is a very straightforward procedure that takes only 1 to 2 hours to complete. At Artemedica, we use both general and local anesthesia for a comfortable experience. During the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will make a small incision either underneath the chin or inside the mouth depending on where the implant will ultimately sit. Through this incision, your surgeon will create space for the implant and fit it around the chin bone. Following surgery, the incision is closed with tiny sutures.
No two chin surgery procedures are the same. Artemedica’s Dr. Lacombe tailors each surgery to meet each patient’s unique goals. Whether you’re looking to correct a weak jawline or bring your face into better proportion, Dr. Lacombe will discuss your options with you to determine which technique best meets your needs. No matter what you’re looking to accomplish with surgery, Dr. Lacombe will work with you to make sure you are happy with your results.
Recovering from surgery
As with all surgeries, your body will need time to recover. Most chin augmentation patients experience very little downtime and are able to return to work and normal activities within 7 days after surgery. During this week however, we strongly advise limiting your daily activities and taking things easy. You will likely experience bruising, swelling and some discomfort which should be minimal and easily treated with pain medication and cold compresses. You will need to sleep face-up with your head elevated for a minimum of 1 – 2 weeks following surgery to help with any swelling and to protect the incision site. Within 4 weeks after surgery, you should be able to return to strenuous activities such as exercise and any heavy lifting.
You will be able to see results immediately following surgery. Once the bruising and swelling subside, you should be able to see your final look. This may not happen for a month although some patients do not see final results until about 3 months after surgery. Scars may be visible around the implant site. Chin implants are strong, durable medical devices that are intended to be permanent. So while the aging process may affect your facial features in other ways, your chin contour will not change.
Customizing your cosmetic surgery
While many patients choose to have chin implant surgery alone, your surgeon can also perform this cosmetic surgery in combination with other facial plastic surgery procedures. Complementary procedures include:
Sometimes, patients who come in for a chin implant consultation discover that injectable fillers such as Juvéderm Volux XC would better meet their surgical goals. Dr. Lacombe is more than happy to put together a unique surgical plan that is sure to achieve your goals and reclaim your youth.
Chin Implant Consultations at Artemedica in Santa Rosa
Dr. Lacombe has devoted his 18 year career to helping Santa Rosa residents reach their facial plastic surgery goals. In fact, he co-authored Lasers in Aesthetic Surgery which is considered a standard must-read textbook for aspiring plastic surgeons. Dr. Lacombe is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery). Many men and women in Santa Rosa and throughout Sonoma County choose Dr. Lacombe as their plastic surgeon of choice because of his experience, his skill, and his passion for helping his patients.
If you are interested in chin implants or other facial plastic surgery procedures, please fill out the form below or contact our Santa Rosa surgical office at (707) 577-8292 for your free consultation.