Chin Implant The chin is a vital element in a person’s overall appearance. There are several misnomers that exist in our culture that associate recessed disproportionate chins as a sign of weakness, and conversely, large chins suggest anger or aggression. However, these assumptions do not truly define the individual, but can have negative consequences on a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Patients do have an option to improve the look of the chin, and the overall appearance: the Chin Implant. A Chin Implant is a pre-formed silicone device, designed to reshape the chin or lower jaw. The procedure can improve the overall appearance of the face, correcting a weak or recessed jaw. Once the chin is in proportion to the other features, the appearance will see a dramatic improvement. The Chin Implant used by Dr. Lohner will be made of a smooth, flexible material such as silicone, Teflon, or Dacron. Another option in chin correction is to use a patient’s own bone and tissue, removed from a donor area elsewhere on the body. When the Chin Implant has been placed, very small titanium screws will be utilized to anchor the implant into its new position. These are designed to last for years to come. The Ideal Chin Implant Candidate: Both men and women, frustrated with a small or undersized chin, can benefit from a Chin Implant. The ideal patient will be in overall good health, understand the procedure, and hold realistic surgical expectations. Understanding the Procedure and the Process Begin by researching the procedure on your own. Next schedule a consultation appointment at Lohner Plastic Surgery. During the consultation appointment Dr. Lohner will perform a quick examination of the facial structure, review the patients’ medical history and their current medication, and discuss their aesthetic goals. Lastly, he will provide a detailed explanation of the surgical and noninvasive treatments available for chin correction. If deciding to move forward with the Chin Implant, an individualized treatment plan will be created. How You Can Prepare for a Chin Implant: The preparations and decisions you make prior to the day of surgery will dictate how smoothly your recovery goes. Maximum attention should be paid attention to the following: Ask questions all questions prior to the day of your procedure. If you are unsure about post-operative instructions, contact Dr. Lohner’s office right away. Arrange for a ride home from the surgical center. Patients are unable to drive themselves home after the procedure. Enlist a friend to help. Get all medications filled several days before you surgery. You will make the transition from hospital to home much smoother when your prescriptions are all ready for you at home. Stay on top of your follow-up appointments. It is extremely important that, no matter how you feel, you make it in to these appointments. Have all of your emergency information including contacts, medication lists, and insurance cards in a central location. The Chin Implant Procedure: Dr. Lohner’s Chin Implant procedure will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to perform, depending on the specific correction needed. Chin Implants are performed as outpatient procedures, under local anesthesia. To start the procedure, Dr. Lohner will make a small incision inside of the lower lip, or along the crease below the chin. Through this opening, Dr. Lohner will insert the Chin Implant; anchoring the piece to the bone. When the corrections are complete, sutures are placed for appropriate healing. The Chin Implant procedure provides excellent results when used on its own. The face will be balanced, and the chin will look strong. Combining the Chin Implant with other cosmetic procedures however, such as a Rhinoplasty, Facelift or Necklift, allows patients to attain maximum aesthetic benefit. Recovery from a Chin Implant procedure: Patients should expect the recovery from a Chin Implant to take approximately two weeks. Initially, some swelling or bruising may occur, although these will resolve over the first two weeks. Some mild to moderate discomfort may be experienced, but Dr. Lohner will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to keep patients comfortable at home. Dr. Lohner may also suggest dietary modifications to promote successful healing in the first couple of days post-surgery. Patients are normally ready to return to work or school in about three to five days. Potential Risks Associated with the Chin Implant: The Chin Implant is an extremely safe and effective procedure. Few problems normally occur, and risks are significantly reduced when you choose a qualified and experienced Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Lohner. On the rare chance complications do occur, these can include delayed wound healing, scarring, or permanent numbness of the chin/lower jaw. Chin Implant FAQ: Does the Chin Implant procedure result in scarring? A small scar will result from the Chin Implant procedure. Dr. Lohner takes extreme care to place the incision either under the chin or inside the lower lip, making the scars well concealed. Will my Chin Implant be permanent? The Chin Implant is designed to provide long lasting results for the patient. How soon can I return to work after receiving a Chin Implant? Patients are generally feeling well enough to return to work three to five days after receiving their Chin Implant.