A chin implant is used to give more projection to an under-projecting chin. There can be a number of types of under-projection, and it is important to make the proper diagnosis, as a chin implant alone is only used in a situation where the occlusion (the way the teeth fit together) is normal. If the chin retrusion is severe enough, a bony advancement may be needed rather than a chin implant. Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Wiener, will guide you through the process of deciding whether a chin surgery in Houston is the answer to improve your facial aesthetics. Dr. Wiener serves chin surgery patients from all over Houston including Pearland and League City, Texas. Chin implant patients choose Dr. Wiener for his extensive chin surgery knowledge and cutting edge techniques.
WHAT TYPES OF CHIN IMPLANTS DOES DR. WIENER USE?
Dr. Wiener prefers the silicone implant due to ease of placement and also easier removal, if necessary. There are a number of other types of chin implant materials available, but these don’t have a significant advantage over the silicone implant. For most men in Houston, an extended implant is often used to give more fullness to the sides of the chin. For women in League City or Pearland, a standard chin implant is frequently used in order to avoid an overly masculine appearance.
HOW IS CHIN IMPLANT SURGERY IN HOUSTON DONE?
Dr. Wiener places most chin implants using intravenous anesthesia along with local anesthetic nerve blocks. The local anesthetic gives prolonged postoperative pain control. Most implants in Dr. Wiener’s practice are placed through a submental incision (an incision just underneath the chin) near the chin crease. The advantage of this is typically a good scar, less chance of infection compared to the incision inside the mouth, and no restrictions on food after surgery in Houston. A small pocket is made underneath the chin tissues, on top of the jawbone at the chin, and the implant is placed in the pocket. The tissues are closed with absorbable sutures.
HOW WILL I LOOK AND FEEL AFTER SURGERY?
There will be some swelling that will be most noticeable the first week after surgery, and all swelling may take 2-3 months to fully resolve. There may also be some initial bruising, but Dr. Wiener will give you a medication to help minimize bruising. Numbness will occur initially due to the nerve blocks, but all numbness from the surgery itself may take a week or more to go away, and in rare instances, numbness can be prolonged. There may be some lower lip dysfunction for a week or two, and rarely longer. The surgery is typically not overly painful, but there is a sensation of pressure over the chin for a few days.
ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS AFTER A CHIN IMPLANT SURGERY?
You will be at somewhat restricted activity for a few weeks. No strenuous exercise for 3 weeks, and avoidance of bumping the chin for 3-4 weeks to minimize the chance of displacement of the implant.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CHIN IMPLANT?
A chin implant can help balance the facial harmony and restore adequate projection to the chin, and it may also help improve mild skin excess of the neck. A more refined profile can boost self-esteem, and give someone the self-confidence that they have been searching for. Dr. Wiener performs chin implant surgery to patients in Houston and the surrounding areas like Missouri City or Sugar Land. His office is conveniently located 11 miles South of Pasadena, TX, in Clear Lake. If you are considering chin implant surgery, call our office today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Wiener. During the consultation, he will go over your reasons for wanting chin implant surgery and what type of incision would be right to achieve the results you are looking for.