Chin Implants – What You Should Know
The size and shape of your chin can contribute or detract from the aesthetics of your face. If you are not happy with your nose and go to see a cosmetic surgeon, he may actually suggest a chin augmentation, instead of, or in addition to a Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping). Many people think that their nose is too big, when what is more accurate is that their chin is too small. Only an experienced cosmetic surgeon like those at the Almater Hospital in Mexicali, Mexico can give you a qualified opinion.
Having a chin implant, or a Mentoplasty, is a relatively simple procedure, requiring the insertion of a small implant to increase the size of your chin.
What Does a Mentoplasty Involve?
Once you and your surgeon have decided that a mentoplasty is the best option, your surgeon will give you instructions on how to prepare for the procedure:
Some common instructions are:
- Not eating or ingesting anything that may thin your blood, like anti-coagulants
- No smoking
- No alcohol
- No over-the-counter medications that your surgeon hasn’t authorized
You will be given a prescription for medications you will need after surgery. It’s better to get these beforehand. You can also use arnica and vitamin C before and after the surgery to help reduce bruising and healing time.
The procedure is simple. It can be performed with local or general anaesthesia. An incision is made in the chin or inside the mouth, where the implant will be inserted. Most implants are made from bone or fat tissue although surgeons sometimes use silicone implants. After the procedure is finished, the incision is stitched closed.
As with all surgery, there are a few inherent risks. The most common ones are bruises, swelling, and the implant moving out of place. Other risks include a permanent or semi-permanent loss of feeling and damage to and around the teeth. More rarely, blood clots may occur, or the area could become infected requiring the removal the implant.
After The Procedure
After the surgery, you may feel uncomfortable and a little sore for some time, but pain medication will help relive discomfort. Here are some things to take into consideration during your recovery:
- You should eat soft food or liquid for a day or two after surgery.
- You may feel a sensation of stretching in your face for about a week.
- Your surgeon may remove the outer bandage within a week.
- A brace may be needed at night for about 4–6 weeks.
- Most swelling should be gone within 6 weeks.
- You may feel a bit of numbness for up to 3 months
- You should be starting to get back to your normal routine within about 7–10 days after the surgery.
Life Expectancy and Cost of Chin Implants
Chin implants generally last for life. However, those that are made of bone or tissue may end up being reabsorbed back into the body and further surgery may be necessary.
In the US, the average cost of a chin implant is around $5,000 to $7500 including all fees, although prices vary greatly depending on where you live.
If you’re looking for affordable chin implants with the same high quality standards you’re used to in the United States, consider Almater Hospital in Mexicali, Mexico. Our expert surgeons can evaluate your facial structure and establish whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure while saving you thousands of dollars.Back to Patient Resources