Chin augmentation is the process by which a patient’s chin size is enhanced or reshaped to balance the appearance of the face.
There are a few different ways chin augmentation can be performed, including the use of facial implants or injections of dermal fillers. Oral surgeons can also make cuts in the jawbone to advance it. This article relates to a discussion of the first two options, as they are less invasive and performed in our practice. Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages, so anyone considering chin augmentation should consider these options carefully.
Below, the team at Cascade Facial Surgery & Aesthetics compares facial implants and dermal fillers for chin augmentation.
The Pros and Cons of Facial Implants
Placing a chin implant involves making an incision either below the patient’s chin or inside the lip. (We typically use the incision below the chin since there is already a crease there). The implant, which is usually a composite implant made of gortex and silicone, is inserted and carefully positioned over the chin bone.
One of the biggest advantages of facial implants is that they’re customizable and the results are permanent.
Facial implants are available in a variety of shapes and sizes so patients can find one that’s best for their needs and goals.
Also, the procedure is relatively simple and generally takes less than 2 hours to complete.
The biggest downsides to a facial chin implant is the recovery period and potential complications. Patients are usually advised to take one or two weeks off from work to allow time for bruising and swelling to subside if it occurs. Complications from the chin implant procedure are exceptionally rare but they can occur. Lower lip numbness and/or weakness can occur, as can infection. If numbness or weakness occurs (and these haven’t been issues in our practice) they can be transient or permanent. Additionally the implant may be felt with the tongue from the inside of the mouth or it may be slightly movable for a short period of time. These are known complications but are also rare in occurrence. We also generally advise our patients to refrain from vigorous activities, like going to the gym, for several more weeks to speed the resolution of swelling and firmness at the implant site.
The Pros and Cons of Dermal Fillers
For anyone who would prefer a non-surgical method for chin augmentation, dermal fillers are a great option to consider.
With this procedure, fillers are injected to help reshape and define a patient’s chin and jawline. These injections are typically done deep near the surface of the bone in the chin area.
Patients may experience a bit of swelling or bruising in the treatment area. But, in most cases, discomfort is minimal, and patients can resume normal activities almost right away.
The biggest downside of dermal fillers is that they aren’t permanent, lasting typically six to 12 months depending on the product injected. Repeat injections are then required to maintain the desired effect.