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A chin implant can serve to strengthen a jawline and bring the chin into balance with the rest of the face. If you are unhappy with your chin structure and are considering undergoing chin augmentation in NYC, it is important that your procedure is performed in a way that creates natural harmony with your other features. Facial attraction is based on a scientific ratio in facial balance. A single feature does not create an appealing balance but enhancing your chin structure can lead to a more attractive facial harmony.

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Dr. Darrick Antell: Leading chin implant surgeon in New York

Trained at both Stanford and Cornell, Dr. Antell is one of the most renowned board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the world. He is one of the few plastic surgeons to also hold a dental degree, which gives him unique expertise in his knowledge of facial anatomy that separates him from his peers. The original founders of plastic surgery were masters of the dental arts, able to analyze and reconstruct the facial structure with precision. Dr. Antell carries this tradition to his practice, offering a truly unique level of expertise in analyzing chin structure in creating a more pleasing facial profile.

His understanding of facial structure and proportions has led to a reputation for excellence in achieving superb, natural results after chin implant surgery. He has studied the chins of the CEOs at the largest corporations and found them to have stronger chins than the general population, indicating that people associate this feature with authority and confidence. Today people wear their resume on their faces and you lead with your chin. In choosing Dr. Antell for your chin implant surgery, you can feel confident that your surgery will be performed with meticulous care and will produce a result that perfectly enhances your facial features.

Am I a candidate for chin implant surgery?

Anyone in good health who is suffering from diminished self-confidence due to the perception of a disproportionately small chin is likely a good candidate for chin implants in NYC. Chin implant surgery is ideal for those who: 

  • For personal reasons, feel that their chin is too small and disproportional to other facial features
  • Have a recessed chin and desire a stronger jawline
Close up on woman's beautifully chiseled chin.

What are the different types of chin implants?

There are many chin implants available, manufactured from a variety of materials, such as silastic rubber, polyethylene, and polytetrafluoroethylene. The shape, size, and material of the chin implant will be selected with precision to ensure that the result brings your features into balance. The implant will be chosen to best mimic the appearance and feel of natural bone and tissue for the most natural result. 

What are the risks of chin augmentation?

When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, chin implant surgery is typically a safe procedure. However, like any surgery, there is always risk. The most common complications include bleeding, infection, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. In addition, there is the possibility of the implant slightly shifting position, which would require a second surgery for repositioning. Dr. Antell will provide a thorough discussion of all risks during your initial consultation.  By following all pre-operative and post-operative instructions, you can reduce the risk of complications. 

What can I expect during my consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Antell will evaluate your general health and medical history, as well as perform a thorough examination of your overall facial features and chin. It’s important to clearly and honestly express your expectations so that you can work together to develop a course of action. Dr. Antell will discuss alternative augmentation options, such as a genioplasty and filler and guide you through making the right decision based on your desired outcome and current anatomy. Together, you will work to choose the implant size that will best complement your facial features. After a detailed discussion of the procedure, Dr. Antell will talk through the risks so that you are fully informed. Please be sure to inform Dr. Antell if you smoke or if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or drugs. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Antell any questions about the surgery, recovery, and expected outcome. 

Young woman with defined chin.

What occurs during the chin implant procedure?

The chosen incision method and placement of the implant will be customized to your anatomy and preferences to ensure a natural-looking result. The incision can either be made underneath the chin or inside the mouth. Through this incision, Dr. Antell will create a “pocket” in which the implant will be placed and fit around the bone. The incision will be closed with meticulously placed dissolving, internal sutures, external sutures, or a combination of both. When the incision is made underneath the chin, Dr. Antell may place a small bandage over the site. The procedure typically takes around one hour to perform.

Where will my chin implant surgery be performed?

Dr. Antell has privileges in numerous hospitals throughout New York City, but most patients prefer for the procedure to take place in his discreet, private operating room located just across the street from world-renowned Lenox Hill Hospital. His facility has a private back entrance to ensure total discretion and all members of his staff have been thoroughly trained to offer personalized care. The state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility is fully accredited, designed for your comfort, and equipped with the latest technology.

How should I prepare for my chin implant surgery?

You will be provided with instructions to thoroughly prepare you for your Manhattan chin augmentation including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and specific medications. You may be given prescriptions that should be filled prior to your day of surgery. As the procedure is performed under “twilight” sedation, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and ensure you have someone to assist you for the first few days.  

Length of Procedure

The length of the chin implant augmentation procedure will depend on your specific cosmetic goals and the procedure details. Generally speaking, a chin implant procedure takes less than an hour. However, the procedure may take over an hour if you combine it with other procedures, such as liposuction, facelift, necklift, etc.

What will my expected results be? 

During the days and weeks following your Manhattan chin augmentation, you will become more familiar with your new facial profile. Comments, if any, may include “Have you lost weight recently?” and “Have you been working out?” Most patients are extremely satisfied with how such a subtle change can improve their overall appearance and restore confidence. 

What type of anesthesia is used? 

Chin implant surgery is typically performed with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, or with another form of “twilight” sedation. The medication used is fast acting, allowing you to recover quickly after your chin implant surgery, however, you will not experience any discomfort throughout the procedure. A board-certified anesthesiologist will monitor you during the surgery to ensure safety.

The Cost of Chin Implants

The cost of your chin implants depends on various factors, including the type of implants, the surgeon’s fees, the anesthesia costs, prescription medications, additional tests, surgical facility operational costs, and other factors. One of the most important determining factors is your cosmetic expectations from the procedure. Which type of chin implant are you getting? Do you need any additional procedures with the chin implants, such as liposuction, facelift, etc.? In most cases, chin implants are combined with other procedures, so the overall cost changes accordingly.

Avoid discount implants of any kind, as they can be made of weaker materials, or the procedure may be conducted by an inexperienced surgeon. When it comes to chin implants and other cosmetic procedures, you must consult the most reputable, experienced, and board-certified surgeons available. They have the artistic insight, experience, training, and skills necessary to ensure optimal cosmetic results. Cheaper or non-certified surgeons often increase the risk of unwanted cosmetic outcomes or complications.

Dr. Antell is one of the leading board-certified facial plastic surgeons in New York. He carefully and patiently examines your chin, discusses your cosmetic expectations, and provides a detailed cost breakdown based on your unique needs. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Antell to discuss your chin implant options and cost.

Will there be scarring?

Chin augmentation with implants involves scars made in two possible locations — inside the mouth or under the chin. If the surgeon places the incision inside the mouth (intraoral), there won’t be visible scars. However, an intraoral incision isn’t always possible or advisable, and some people combine chin augmentation with other procedures that involve external scars anyway. Your surgeon will determine if you can get an intraoral incision.

If you get an external incision, the surgeon will make a small incision under the chin the length of a fingernail. If you already have a scar under the chin, the surgeon may use the existing scar instead of creating another. The scar is placed under the chin and along the natural folds of the skin, so it’s practically invisible. You can further minimize its visibility by following the surgeon’s recovery guidelines accurately.

What will my recovery be like?

After undergoing the surgery, you will recover in Dr. Antell’s state-of-the-art recovery suite while being monitored by one of his nurses until you feel well enough to be discharged. Our NYC chin implant surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day after the procedure. When performed with “twilight” sedation, you should be prepared to have an escort to bring you home, as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after the administration of anesthesia. Upon leaving the facility, you will be provided thorough discharge instructions that will guide you through the initial post-operative period. Throughout the entire recovery process, Dr. Antell and his staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

You may feel tired or sore after surgery, but most patients are able to return to most daily activities and work within days of the procedure. You may be asked to consume only soft foods or sleep with your head elevated for the first few days after surgery. It is best to refrain from vigorous exercise for around two weeks, but Dr. Antell will provide an individualized recovery plan based on the complexity of your procedure and your healing rate. If your surgery involved an incision beneath your chin, the sutures can be easily hidden by a small, flesh-colored bandage. Any external sutures will likely be removed one to two weeks after your procedure. You may experience some swelling in the area, which will dissipate within the first few weeks. While you will immediately look better, the final results will likely be visible about three months after your surgery. 

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Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to provide a discreet and private consultation to evaluate your needs and discuss a chin augmentation in NYC. Please call the office at (212) 988-4040 to schedule your consultation. 

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