Dr. Waterman performs Chin Augmentation surgery, often in combination with other outpatient plastic surgery procedures including rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty. Dr. Waterman prefers to use silicone chin implants, as they can be modeled and shaped to fit the patient very nicely, and are considered to be very safe for long-term use.
If you are bothered by a recessed chin and weak jawline, or you are seeking to balance the proportions of your face, a chin implant might be right for you.
2019 Waterman Patient shown Before and 1-Month After Chin Implant & Secondary Rhinoplasty
Why get a chin implant?
Chin implants do more than alter the shape of your chin. By framing the face with chin that balances the proportions of your features, a chin implant can greatly improve facial aesthetics giving you more confidence in your overall appearance.
Cosmetic issues best addressed by Chin Implants include:
Improving facial harmony by bringing chin into better proportion with other features
Correct a weak or recessed chin
Improve definition of the neck and jawline
Help reduce the appearance of a full or “double” chin caused by a small chin bone
Some Technical Info
Chin implants are small devices made from stable and safe materials like silicone that are molded to fit around the jaw bone of the patient. The size, shape, and contours of chin implants can vary greatly, so it is important to discuss your aesthetic goals and expectation during your consultation so that Dr. Waterman can deliver the degree of change that you hope to achieve.
Chin Implant surgery is relatively quick, taking approximately an hour to complete. The procedure is outpatient, and patients can typically go home to recover within hours of their procedure. A single incision under the chin, typically less than a centimeter long, allows the surgeon to separate tissue from the jawbone, safely insert and securely place the implant. The incision is closed after placement with stitches.
Healing takes several months to complete, but much of the healing process takes place during the first weeks immediately after surgery.During that time, swelling and discomfort may make speaking or chewing food more difficult. Chin implant surgery can be performed during other procedures, or independently under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with oral sedation.