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Achieve Facial Balance with Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is more than just a surgical procedure; it’s a journey towards facial harmony. By enhancing the chin, this procedure plays a crucial role in balancing facial features, offering a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. With Dr. Anil Shah’s expertise in Chicago, you’re not just altering a facial feature; you’re reshaping your confidence and self-image.

Enhanced Facial Symmetry

Achieve a more symmetrical and proportionate face, enhancing overall attractiveness and self-confidence.

Improved Profile and Contour

Enhance your side profile with a well-defined chin that complements your facial structure.

Boost in Self-Esteem

Experience a significant boost in self-esteem and confidence with a harmonious and balanced facial appearance.

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The Chin Augmentation Procedure

Chin augmentation utilizes implants to reshape the jaw and chin to change a patient’s appearance. Dr. Shah uses a customized approach to help create the type of changes that can help match with the rest of the face.

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The aesthetics of the chin

While success is never a guarantee with surgery and any procedure, our practice believes that going to Dr. Shah’s distinct combination and aesthetic focus on the face makes him uniquely qualified for chin implantation and facial analysis. The appearance of the face is in part determined by the underlying skeletal structure. Animals do not have chins, but humans developed chins perhaps in part due to our more vertical orientation.  If the chin is too small, the neck will appear aged and soft tissue jowling will occur earlier. No US president to date has had a deficient chin! Physical examination of the chin is done both at rest and in animation. Chin is examined in both AP and vertical dimensions. The chin is examined to see how it relates to the lips, nose, labiomental groove, and neck.

Why People Choose Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is sought for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, individuals feel that their facial features lack harmony, often due to a weak chin. An underdeveloped chin can disrupt the facial balance, making other features appear disproportionate. Additionally, some seek chin enhancement to address issues like a double chin or to achieve a more defined chin-to-neck profile.

  • Facial Harmony: Enhancing facial balance by improving chin projection.
  • Addressing a Double Chin: Augmenting the chin to create a more defined jawline.
  • Improving Profile: Achieving a more prominent chin to enhance the facial profile.

Ways To Augment The Chin

  1. Chin implant: Use of an alloplastic implant (can be silicone or gore-tex typically) to add projection to the chin
  2. Osseous Genioplasty: Advance the chin after making an osteotomy and using a plate.
  3. Fillers or fat: Use of soft tissues to augment the chin
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Chin Implants Gallery

The before and after gallery represents a small fraction of the patients Dr. Shah has operated on. He has many more example of his work in his office. The gallery is intended to show a variety of aesthetics. All pictures shown are patients of Dr. Anil Shah.

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Chin Implants (Mentoplasty) Procedure Technique

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Dr. Shah uses a specialized technique for chin augmentation he prefers the external approach to the intraoral approach for several reasons. First of all, intraoral chin implants must go through the mouth and thereby have a higher exposure to the bacteria in this area. Dr. Shah prefers to minimize the chance of infection. In addition, intraoral chin implants tend to rest higher on the chin and are often secured with bone screws.

Dr. Shah does not use bone screws for chin implants. Bone screws involve placing either a metal or plastic screw through the chin implant. The issue with screws is that there will be some loss of bone along the jaw. Dr. Shah prefers a different approach. He preserves the covering of the chin bone, called the periosteum, along the center of the chin. The periosteum is like a carpet covering the bone. By preserving the periosteum along the center, he is able to place 4-5 sutures to secure the chin implant to the underlying bone. Some implants have wings to the end to further enhance the jowl and prejowl status. In these cases, he makes an incision along the lateral portion of the periosteum of the chin and places the wing of the implant underneath this area while still preserving the center portion.

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Anesthetic Choices For Chin Augmentation Overview

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Many patients seeking a chin implant are also looking for other areas of their face to enhance. For patients with other procedures where general anesthesia or IV sedation is recommended, a chin augmentation can be easily added on as an additional procedure. For patients seeking just chin enhancement, Dr. Shah offers an in-office alternative to patients not wanting general anesthesia.

Personalized Consultation: Tailoring Your Chin Augmentation Plan

The one-on-one consultation for chin augmentation is a comprehensive process where every aspect of your facial profile and aesthetic desires is considered. The facial plastic surgeon will meticulously evaluate your chin structure, the relationship of your chin to your neck, and how it harmonizes with other facial features. In this detailed meeting, you will explore various chin implant options and discuss your aesthetic reasons for seeking the procedure. The surgeon will then craft a personalized surgical plan that aligns with your cosmetic goals, ensuring a result that enhances your overall facial appearance and brings dramatic improvements.

Risks Associated with Chin Implant Surgery

Every surgical procedure, including chin augmentation, comes with its set of risks and potential complications. Patients need to understand these risks to make an informed decision.

Common concerns include the risk of infection, the potential for asymmetrical results, and issues related to the specific type of chin implant used. 

Dr. Anil Shah emphasizes post-surgical care to minimize risks. This includes following all prescribed care instructions and attending follow-up appointments.

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Navigating Chin Augmentation Costs in Chicago

The cost of chin augmentation in Chicago can vary widely, influenced by several factors. Understanding these can help potential patients budget effectively for their procedures.

  • Type of Chin Implant: The cost can vary depending on the material and size of the implant.
  • Complexity of the Procedure: More complex cases may incur higher costs.
  • Surgeon’s Expertise: The skill and reputation of Dr. Anil Shah can influence the cost.

Chin augmentation surgery in Chicago, under the expert care of Dr. Anil Shah, offers a path to enhanced facial features and improved self-confidence. With a focus on patient safety, satisfaction, and achieving natural-looking results, this procedure stands as a popular choice for those seeking facial balance and aesthetic improvement. Schedule your consultation today!

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Chin Implant FAQS

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What Is Chin Augmentation?

Chin augmentation is used to increase projection of the chin with an implant.

What Materials Are Used?

Several materials can be used including Silicone, Mersilene mesh, and Gore-tex. Silicone is my material of choice for several reasons. First of all, silicone is solid state substance which is quite different from injectable silicone or silicone implants. While injectable implants and silicone breast implants have the potential to leak, silicone chin implants do not. Silicone implants have an excellent track record of safety when used in chin augmentation. Both, chin implants and chin fillers are selected based on facial symmetry, with implants offering permanent reshaping and fillers providing temporary volume.

What Is The Recovery Time For Chin Augmentation Surgery?

Recovery from this procedure is quite quick. There is typically limited discomfort and pain afterward and many patients are back to work in 3 days.

How Can I Tell If I Need A Chin Augmentation?

Your lateral view is the view where a weak chin will most likely show up. A weak chin may make a nose look bigger than it should and create an overall sense of facial weakness.

Is There Anything I Should Be Aware Of Before I Have The Procedure?

You should notice any asymmetries of your face. Almost all patients will have chin asymmetry. Some surgeons just place an implant in regardless of preoperative irregularity. This may accentuate asymmetry. I prefer to customize each implant to the patient but augment or reduce portions to help better balance the chin. Patients may still have asymmetry postoperative but it should be improved. Your dental occlusion or bite is also important. If you have significant occlusion problems, alteration of your mandible may be a better choice.

What Are Some Complications Of Chin Augmentation?

Most commonly is implantation shifts can occur. The implant can be repositioned to improve the shift. Infection of chin implants is rare but can occur. Scarring can also occur externally. Notice that these factors can also affect the longevity of chin implants.

What Are The Approaches To Placing A Chin Implant?

A chin implant can be placed orally or externally. The intraoral approach has the advantage of avoiding an external scar. However, the implant can become infected due to traversing the oral cavity which is laden with bacteria. Several studies have not shown a difference in rates of infection between implants placed externally and intraorally. Intraoral implants tend to rise superiorly due to the difficulty in creating a pocket laterally and fixating the implant in the midline. The external approach has the advantage of placing the implant through a sterile technique. The implant is more readily fixed in the midline and shift of the implant is decreased. The main disadvantage is that an external scar is made. However, the meticulous closure will often time minimize the visibility of this scar. In addition, the location of the scar is a place where very few people will be able to see. Dr. Shah’s approach is to tailor the approach to the patient. Some patients request an intraoral approach and I will typically comply unless they have significant chin asymmetry or require a large chin implant.

Can I Have A Chin Augmentation In The Office Setting?

Yes, more and more patients are seeking in-office procedures. Dr. Shah is well versed in the knowledge of facial nerves and blocks. As such, he is able to perform chin augmentation with great comfort for the patient in the office setting. More and more patients are seeking chin augmentation. Patients are keenly aware of how the chin can impact the overall jawline and appearance of the face. One of the bigger fears is having anesthesia or going to sleep to have a chin augmentation procedure. When a patient is having another procedure such as a rhinoplasty, it makes sense to have general anesthesia. However, for patients just seeking chin enhancement, Dr. Shah has perfected a new technique where he can have the patient have the chin procedure in the office. Dr. Shah performs a series of nerve blocks and infiltrates the area around the chin with a combination of anesthetic techniques. This makes the area around the chin momentarily numb. With the patient slightly relaxed but without an IV, Dr. Shah is able to place the chin implant.

What Chin Augmentation Office Is Near Me?

If you live near Chicago, IL, Anil Shah Facial Plastic Surgery offers chin augmentation among its services and is conveniently located at 200 West Superior St., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60654

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