Plastic surgery is sometimes the only way to go when it comes to improving facial features. Sometimes, it’s to repair damage that has resulted from some kind of facial injury. Other times, plastic surgery is needed to complement the results of a former facial surgery. Whatever the reason, chin implants can serve as a foundation for the improvement of facial features.
How Chin Implants Are Used
When chin implants are used to alter the features of the face, it’s called chin augmentation. This procedure is used mainly to balance out the features of the face.
It’s often the case that a chin implant is suggested after a rhinoplasty has been performed. A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the nose; in common terms, a nose job. When the appearance of the nose has been changed, it’s sometimes necessary to also change the appearance of the chin to add balance to the patient’s facial features.
Chin implants should not be seen as a way to change your appearance. Rather, it’s a way in which your appearance can be enhanced. The best candidates for chin implants have reasonable expectations. They understand that an implant can improve their appearance by adding to the balance of their current appearance.
Materials Used for Chin Implants
The most common types of chin implants are manufactured with silicone. Silicone is widely used because it’s plentiful and readily available. There are other substances used to manufacture chin implants, such as polyethylene. The list of substances that can be used is added to frequently. However, the most important thing is that the substance is bio-compatible. This means that it is compatible with the human body and won’t cause any complications.
The Chin Implant Process
The first step is to make an appointment to consult our surgeon about the procedure. It’s important to tell him why you want the implant and the results you expect to get from it. Our surgeon can then advise you about the surgery.
A chin augmentation procedure is fairly simple. The surgeon might need to shape the surrounding bones slightly to make room for the placement of the chin implant. The implant procedure usually only takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
Learn More About Chin Implants
Schedule an appointment at the office of Dr. Thomas Funcik, MD to learn more about how facial implants can benefit you. Our office is located in Mount Pleasant. Contact us today to request a consultation.