When people look in the mirror, most focus on the size and shape of their noses without realizing a “weak chin” may contribute to the facial imbalance they see. Actually, changes in chin size or shape may enhance a profile as much as rhinoplasty. The procedure can also lengthen the appearance of the neck, thus improving the results of facelift procedures. Accordingly, to achieve facial balance and harmony, Dr. Elizabeth may recommend a chin procedure in addition to complement a nose or facelift procedure.
The incision is camouflaged in the natural crease line just under the chin, so that the scar will be virtually imperceptible. The implant, made of synthetic material that feels much like the natural tissue normally found in the chin, is available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. This allows custom fitting of the implant to best suit your face.
The length of time the procedure takes depends on several factors, but is usually less than an hour. You can expect some swelling, bruising and numbness for a few weeks following surgery. During the recovery period, you’ll want to eat softer foods and protect your face from bumps and other injuries.