What is a Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a procedure performed to reshape and enlarge the chin. A chin implant may be recommended to patients having a Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) in order to achieve facial proportion. The size of the chin can magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose and help balance facial features.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Someone concerned with any of the following characteristics:
- Imbalance in facial features
- Prominent nose
- Inadequate chin projection
Who is not a Good Candidate?
- Anyone with unrealistic expectations
- Anyone with significant facial skeletal abnormalities
- Anyone with major lower jawline deficiencies and asymmetries
- Anyone needing major orthodontic work
Dr Oates performs chin augmentation at Academy Day Hospital under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia.
The incision is usually placed in the natural crease under the chin. The incision heals very well and scarring is rarely a problem. A small space is created immediately over the chin bone and an anatomically shaped silastic implant is inserted. Fine sutures are used to close the incision.
How Long will I Need off Work?
Approximately 1 week.
A soft diet is recommended for a few days post operatively. A stretched, tight sensation is not uncommon and will also settle quickly. Normal activity, except for contact sport, can be resumed 7-10 days after the procedure. Some swelling may persist for up to 6 weeks. Skin coloured tape to help minimise swelling is used over the area for approximately 3-6 days. Sutures are removed 6 days post operatively.
Is there discomfort?
Most patients will describe the feeling as mild to moderate discomfort (this is mainly due to the swelling). The discomfort can be eased with Panadol or Panadeine Forte.
Pre and Post Operative Care
Your pre and post operative care will be managed by our registered nurses. This will include pre-operative assessment and post operative wound management.
Risk and Complications
There is a small risk of complications with any surgical procedure. This will be discussed at your consultation. You will also be provided with written information for chin augmentation.
If I am Interested, What Now?
Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. If you have a GP referral you will be able to claim some of the cost of the consultation from Medicare. If Dr Oates decides that you are a suitable candidate for chin augmentation and you want to go ahead with surgery, a booking for surgery and the pre-operative care is scheduled. The usual waiting period is approximately three to four weeks.
You may wish to speak with our Nurse Consultant prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this complimentary consultation, the Nurse Consultant can discuss surgical and non- surgical options to treat your concern(s).
For more detailed information on chin implants visit: http://www.facialplastics.com.au/pd33-56/chin-implants/