A weak chin can make you look older and thinner than you feel. Facial implants are used to correct volume loss in the chin area to create a more youthful appearance, restoring your self-confidence and enabling you to enjoy life again. Our surgeons at the Glasgold Group specialize in chin facial implants in Princeton, New Jersey, for patients looking for a solution to facial asymmetry.
What is Chin Augmentation with facial implants?
Pre-formed solid Silastic implants to contour facial structure have been in use since the mid-1960s. We were involved in developing a silastic facial implant for the chin and a technique for implant placement. The safety of this kind of implant is well documented in a study we conducted for the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery in 1995. Silastic chin implants are non-reactive and do not change or disintegrate over time, and are designed to strengthen the facial structure and help prevent sagging and aging.
An attractive, appropriately shaped jawline is an important part of facial harmony. A receding chin produces an imbalance in the facial features. It makes the appearance of a larger nose, accentuates jowling, and may produce an unflattering neckline. In a matter of days, most patients can return to their normal schedules.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
The Benefits of Facial Implants
The most common reason for facial implant surgery is to improve the shape and contour of the face for a harmonious balance. A receding chin and a small or weak chin are all treated with very good results.
Implants placed in front of, behind, or beneath the structure of the mouth will produce a tighter smile or fuller lips without any effect on muscles. Nonetheless, the benefits are improved facial balance, shape, and proportion. Patients are given natural results that can help their self-esteem in regard to facial appearance.
After a typical recovery period of two weeks or less, most patients can return to work and a normal active lifestyle involving physical exercises such as jogging and tennis.
No incisions are required under the chin area, which maintains an unblemished neckline where there is no visible scarring. Some patients elect chin surgery without anesthesia so they can go home right after surgery for a short recovery period at home or on vacation with family or friends.
Best Candidates for Chin Implants
People that are in good general health with realistic expectations of surgery and results are ideal candidates for facial implants. People who are not currently taking any medications such as cortisone or drugs that elevate blood pressure or cholesterol levels and people whose lifestyle is consistent with a balanced healthy diet are qualified candidates for this surgical procedure to improve their recessed chin.
Chin Implants Consultation
A consultation visit with one of our experienced surgeons is the best way to determine if chin facial implants are right for you. During this initial visit, your bone structure and facial profile will be assessed to ensure that an appropriate plan can be created to give you a balanced appearance. The plastic surgeon will provide information about chin implants, review your medical history and discuss the benefits and potential side effects associated with the procedure.
Preparation for Facial Implants Surgery
Patients are asked to avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks before surgery and also avoid taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, etc. Patients should not take aspirin 2 weeks before surgery. Smoking should be stopped before the procedure. More precautions will be discussed during your consultation at The Glasgold Group in Princeton, NJ.
How Facial Implants are Done
We perform chin augmentation in our office’s surgery suite with local anesthesia and/or IV sedation. This procedure takes about 1/2 hour and is done through inconspicuous incisions under the chin, leaving a barely-visible scar.
Chin implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing them to be tailored to the particular patient. Following surgery for facial implants, some tenderness or discomfort can occur. Swelling and bruising are normal and will begin to fade within five days. Most patients can return to work within a week, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for longer.
Risks & Side Effects of Chin Implants
Scarring (discoloration) of the skin where the incision is made. This is usually minor and can be erased by treatment with laser scar reduction techniques. Numbness around the mouth where the nerve was divided during surgery. This symptom usually disappears after several weeks but may persist for several months. Temporary swelling near the surgical site usually subsides within two to three days after surgery, but may last up to one week.
Facial Implants Aftercare
During the first week after surgery, patients are advised to rest at home and avoid all heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity. Other cosmetic procedures, such as bleaching of teeth, can be performed, but most other facial treatments should wait until 4-6 weeks afterward. Aftercare following chin implants will include care for any wounds that might exist after surgery and information on how to promote fast healing and recovery.
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Facial Implants FAQs
Costs vary according to the type of implant used for each person individually. Consulting with our board-certified plastic surgeons in Princeton is required before scheduling your procedure for facial implants.
Recovery time varies from person to person. Typically, the incision is small and recovery time is relatively brief. Patients should feel ready to resume all normal activities in one week.
The use of local anesthetic, IV sedation, or general anesthesia can greatly minimize the discomfort. Following surgery for facial implants, some tenderness and swelling will be experienced.
The scar from implant surgery is typically inconspicuous. Our board-certified plastic surgeons at The Glasgold Group specialize in chin augmentation and use small incisions to place the implant, which helps minimize scarring.
Yes. In most cases, you will be able to drive yourself home following chin augmentation surgery.
While chin implants don’t necessarily help with jowls, they can improve the form of your face and help give you confidence.
Yes, you can. Nose surgery adjusts bone and cartilage to improve the shape of the nose. A neck lift removes excess skin and fat to tighten the neck. Neck liposuction contours the area by removing fat. Combining these procedures can make the face and neck look younger and refreshed.
If you live near Princeton, NJ, The Glasgold Group offers chin implants among its services and is conveniently located at 4390 US-1 #100, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Why Choose The Glasgod Group
Facial implants are a complex and custom procedure that requires a high level of skill and knowledge to perform properly. At Glasgold Group, our surgeons have decades of experience while patients and peers alike respect them for the beautiful, natural-looking results they produce consistently.
By choosing Glasgold Group in Princeton, New Jersey for your procedure, you can expect results of the highest caliber and the knowledge that your safety and satisfaction are top priorities.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a co-director of the Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program of AAFPRS.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
4390 US-1 #100
Princeton, NJ 08540
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