Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt that your lower face or jaw line seemed out of proportion with the rest of your face? Do your lower chin and neck look older than your chronologic age? Compared to others, does your nose appear to be overly prominent despite being otherwise attractive? Have you had braces previously to correct an underbite? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you may have an underdeveloped lower jaw and/or chin.
Symmetry matters. Our eyes and brain are trained to recognize symmetry and harmony of the face. If one part is out of alignment, our brain makes a subconscious decision that a face is less attractive. It may sound silly, but people who have corrected chin positions after surgery project more confidence without undergoing drastic changes to the face. In fact, patients who undergo a procedure to provide enhancement to the chin are often asked questions such as, “Did you lose weight?” or “Did you change your hairstyle?” The improvement is so subtle, people are unable to pinpoint exactly what you had done, only that you look better than ever.
Preview your results. During your consultation I’ll analyze your face and also have you undergo a Vectra 3D facial analysis that will allow you to see yourself from all angles and help you understand what I’m seeing. We can simulate very closely what surgery is best for you, and you can decide if you are happy with the results in advance of your procedure (no buyer’s remorse should ever happen).
Chin implant surgery is relatively painless. In most cases there is little pain. Your chin and lips may be temporarily numb after the procedure. You’ll wear a compression garment for a few weeks for two reasons: to control swelling and to enhance a tighter smoother neckline that can provide a more youthful appearance. Your treatment might include liposuction of the chin and upper neck.
If your chin is less prominent with respect to your upper jaw and nose, then a chin implant can provide excellent results. I use an implant material made of a very dense polymer that can be trimmed and adapted to the exact dimensions of your jaw; it’s attached to the bone with two tiny screws. This is vastly better than silicone gel implants that can’t be modified or stabilized and are only placed in a superficial plane around the chin, potentially causing erosion of the bone over time. Because of my background in craniofacial surgery, I’m very comfortable operating on the jaw.
You have options. If your chin is less prominent horizontally and is either too long or too short vertically, then shortening or elongating the bone is possible by cutting the lower part of the jaw and sliding the bone forward. This procedure is a little more involved than the implant surgery, but the recovery time is the same, and it is an outpatient procedure. Both surgeries are performed through a small incision at the bottom of the chin, and the scar is very inconspicuous with time.
Other options include making a more powerful looking lateral jaw line with angle/ body implants. This can be helpful for patients possessing a steep jaw angle with lack of lateral definition to the jaw line. In this situation an implant can be placed through the mouth to enhance the jaw angle and lateral jaw allowing a stronger appearance which males in particular desire.
There are many options for chin enhancement surgery. I look forward to finding the right treatment for your needs. Call 865.218.6210 today or go online to thelucascenter.com to schedule your consultation.