Change Your Chin, Refine Your Face

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The shape of the chin and jaw changes with age, but a solid implant can help offset the signs of aging and enhance this area of the face, whether used on its own or in conjunction with other surgical procedures to create optimal facial harmony.

Chin implants are usually placed through a two-centimeter incision beneath the chin to conceal the scar. Through this incision, your surgeon creates a pocket to hold the boomerang- or horseshoe-shaped implant. (They can also be placed through an incision inside the lower lip to eliminate the external scar, through this carries a slightly higher risk of infection.)

Made of either a porous material or solid silicone (there’s no risk of hardening or leakage that can occur with a breast implant), the chin implant adds projection that helps balance the chin with the nose and/or neck, and it can add volume that fills slack skin for the long-term. Plus, the surgery is generally a one-time procedure.

Dissolvable stitches are typically used, and when performed alone, the surgery requires three to four days of recovery, during which you may experience some swelling and numbness. You’ll probably be asked to keep the area covered with tape or bandages for the first few days, and you may also have a strap around your chin to hold the implant in place as you heal.

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