The position of the chin is of prime importance to the facial profile. A recessive chin due to weak skeletal features usually results in an unbalanced appearance of the face. It can often make a nose look larger and more conspicuous and many times a double chin may result because the chin is too short. Rhinoplasty patients also have chin augmentation performed in order to create a more harmonious profile. Chin implants are made of synthetic material that feels much like natural tissue normally found in the chin, and available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. This allows custom fitting of the implant to the configurations of the face.
Monitored anesthesia with intravenous sedation and local anesthesia is administered by the anesthetist. Some chin augmentation procedures can be performed under local anesthesia.
Chewing will likely be limited immediately after chin surgery, and a liquid and soft food diet may be required for a few days. Most patients feel a stretched, tight sensation after the procedure, but this usually subsides in a week.