Top chin implant surgeon in NYC, Dr. Darrick Antell, is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing aesthetic / cosmetic surgery. Chin implants are used to improve and enhance facial contours such as strengthening a jawline or bringing the chin into balance with the rest of the face. If you are considering chin augmentation, this section will give you a basic understanding of the procedure.
Dr. Antell also has a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) from Case Western Reserve University. It is extremely rare today for a plastic surgeon to have the combination of both a Medical and Dental degree as each degree takes 4 years of training. However, many of the original founders of plastic surgery as a specialty did have this background to better help them analyze and reconstruct the face. With both of his degrees (MD & DMD), Dr. Antell has the unique expertise to analyze and reconstruct the face.
Dr. Antell uses chin implants to improve and enhance facial contours. Chin implants will help to provide a more harmonious balance to your face and features so that you feel better about the way you look.
There are many chin implants available manufactured from a variety of materials. They may help strengthen a jawline or bring the chin into balance with the rest of the face.
This information describes some of the chin implants currently available as well as the techniques for their use. It will familiarize you with these procedures but cannot provide all the details which may be relevant to your particular needs.
If you feel that one or more of the procedures described may be of benefit, be sure to ask your chin implant surgeon for more information.
Chin implants can enhance your appearance and bolster your self-esteem. If you are looking for improvement, not perfection, in your appearance and are realistic in your expectations, you may find that chin implant surgery is the right choice for you.
Plastic surgeons will frequently use chin implants to bring better balance to the features of a younger patient. For instance, a teenage girl may want her nose reshaped or her chin brought forward so that these traits are better proportioned. The more mature patient may choose to have a chin implant placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure. For example, during a facelift, a patient may wish to have chin implant surgery to help restore a more youthful appearance.
Chin implants can help improve facial contours. Problems rarely occur, but you need to be informed about such possibilities.
A chin implant can shift slightly out of alignment and a second operation may be necessary to replace it in its proper position. Infection can occur with any operation. If infection were to occur around a chin implant and did not clear up after treatment with antibiotics, the chin implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time. Other, less frequent risks may be associated with certain chin implants. Be sure to ask your chin implant surgeon for a description of the risks associated with the procedure in which you are interested.
Some of the chin implant materials are made of a solid silicone. Currently, there is no scientific evidence that this is a harmful substance. Dr. Antell will be happy to discuss any current scientific findings concerning the type of chin implant you're considering.
When you discuss your chin augmentation surgery during your consultation, be certain that you clearly express your expectations. Your chin implant surgeon will help you determine what is possible to achieve. It may be helpful to provide your surgeon with photos of people who have facial features similar to those you would like to have.
Be sure you understand the details of the proposed chin implant surgery, including the cost and what to expect during your recovery.
If the chin implant surgery will entail an incision inside your mouth, it is important that you inform your physician if you smoke or if you have any dental or gum problems. Dr. Antell will advise you on these matters.
In preparing for your chin augmentation surgery, be sure to find out if you'll be able to drive home afterward or will require transportation. You should also ask if you'll need to refrain from eating or drinking the night before your chin implant surgery, and if you should stop taking any medications, including aspirin and similar drugs. You may be instructed to take oral antibiotics both before and after the procedure to help guard against infection.
Your chin implant surgeon will provide information about these important matters during your pre-operative consultation.
Chin implant surgery is typically performed in our private, office-based surgical facility. Experienced surgeons with established practices typically have their own operating room offering increased privacy and safety. Our practice’s surgical facility meets the accreditation standards of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The procedure is typically 30 minutes to an hour long, under local anesthesia with sedation (twilight sleep).
Nearly all chin augmentation surgeries are performed with local anesthesia and sedation (twilight sleep). The medication used is similar to what is used for a colonoscopy and the patients recover quickly as these medicines are short acting.
Insertion of a chin implant may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During the procedure, your chin implant surgeon selects the proper size and shape of the implant to enhance your appearance and inserts it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The small incision to create the pocket and insert the chin implant is placed inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or just under the chin area.
There is no bandage if the incision is inside the mouth, and only a very small bandage is used when the incision is under the chin. Most of the sutures are dissolving and if there are sutures in the skin, they will be removed in 5 to 7 days. If an intra-oral incision is used, the sutures will dissolve.
Any bandage is removed the next day and most people return to an office job within 2 or 3 days. Even if you require tiny, meticulously-placed sutures under your chin, they are easily covered with tan tape which hides them.
Strenuous exercise may be resumed in 10 to 14 days, but walking is permissible starting the day of the chin implant surgery.
Remember, with any facial surgery, you may feel and look better in a short period of time. However, it may not be advisable to participate in certain activities -- especially activity that may result in the face being jarred or bumped -- for several weeks. It's best to check with your chin implant surgeon about such matters.
You may not be able to accurately evaluate your appearance for weeks, or perhaps even months. Give yourself plenty of time to get used to your new look.
You may be surprised to find that most people won't recognize that you've had chin implant surgery -- only that you look better.
Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss chin augmentation with you. Please call for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.
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Dr. Antell discusses chin implants and genioplasty.