Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty with Chin Implants or a Fat Transfer) – Santa Rosa, CA

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About Chin Augmentation

Chin enhancement surgery (or chin augmentation) is a highly sought-after cosmetic treatment that improves the look of the jawline and chin for patients with a recessive chin, or one they feel is overbearing. Often when a chin lacks shape and size, it can create an unappealing profile. A number of techniques can be performed to highlight your chin, and one of the most common procedures is inserting an implant to reconstruct a more prominent jawline and a more appealing profile. In Santa Rosa, CA, plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas offer many cosmetic improvements to consider for your chin enhancement. In addition to implants, which are made in various sizes and shapes, less invasive augmentations, such as a fat transfer or Kybella, can help add contour. For prominent chins, genioplasty might be an option. This reconstructive surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa removes bone and cartilage to recontour your chin and jaw to a more balanced look.

Ideal Candidates

Chin augmentation is an aesthetic option for men, as well as women. If you are self-conscious because of the size and shape of your chin and do not like the undefined profile it offers, this cosmetic enhancement can improve the lower area of your face and neck. It's also fairly common for our patients to get a rhinoplasty when they have their chin augmentation procedure. This blend of treatments offers great reassurance for the prominent structures of your face to be in balance.

Surgical Technique

During this procedure, general anesthesia will be administered, or sedation by IV in some cases. The incision is carefully made just under your chin. In this incision, a pocket is made to keep the implant device in its proper place, which involves removing and shaving some of the bone and cartilage to create grooves to securely hold your implant in position. The chin implant is placed through the incision and positioned on top of the bone, directly below your lower lip. Sometimes the incision can be created inside the crease in the lower lip where it connects to your gumline. Regardless, both help to conceal scars. Thin sutures are used to connect and close the incisions, and your chin will be wrapped with bandages.

If you decide on a fat transfer for your augmentation, then the fat will be extracted from an area, such as the thighs or abdomen, purified, then injected into the chin to create your desired shape. It's important to note that with this method, there will be two places that need healing: the injection sites and the area where fat was extracted.

What to Expect

Chin enhancement treatment creates immediate visible results, which can be pretty exciting for our patients. Even though redness, swelling, and discoloration will be present after your surgery, this only lasts a short while. For many, chin augmentation takes about 1 – 3 weeks of healing. Heavy exercise should not be performed while in this recovery window. This particular surgery has historically high success rates and by having it under the hands of a talented surgeon, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, your outcome will be proportionate and refined.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does chin augmentation cost?
Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can begin to estimate your costs for a chin implant in your initial consultation as soon as your surgical plan is created. Your cost will be based on the size and type of chin implant you select along with surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees. A surgery, like a chin implant, can produce wonderful, long-lasting results so it is important to concentrate on finding a plastic surgeon you trust who has proven results and years of experience, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, rather than the lowest cost. Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa takes several payments, and we will give you information on low-interest financing, which can make your surgery more affordable.

Will augmentation fix my double chin?
Surgical chin augmentation is meant to give you a stronger, sharper look to your lower face. If you want to address a double chin, you might prefer neck liposuction to have the excess fat in your submental area (the upper neck below the jawline) corrected. Occasionally, neck liposuction on its own can give you a better jawline and appearance without chin augmentation surgery. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will go over your choices and their suggestions in your first appointment.

Can I combine other facial surgeries with chin augmentation?
Many people get a chin implant along with another facial surgery, such as cheek implants or nose reshaping surgery. Our plastic surgeons can help you choose the procedures to match your concerns and wants in your initial consultation. It might be challenging to decide by yourself what procedure(s) might be best for you, which is why your consultation with our team is crucial. Our plastic surgeons will use their years of experience to help you create your custom plan.

Are there nonsurgical procedures to improve my chin?
To correct stubborn fat in your neck that can cause a double chin, Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment that is very effective. Kybella has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to eliminate fat in your upper neck (the submental area). This might be all you need or Kybella might be performed along with chin surgery to deliver your optimal results. Tell Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas in your initial consultation so they can review your choices and choose what's best to fit your goals.

What's the difference between mentoplasty and genioplasty?
Chin augmentation surgery, also called mentoplasty, is a procedure that builds fullness to your chin. On the other hand, genioplasty is a procedure to rebuild the chin bone. Based on the state of your chin, plus your cosmetic goals, you might require both surgeries or one. A genioplasty, in addition to being a cosmetic procedure, may also be performed to improve medical concerns, like your dental bite. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can help you choose whether to get a genioplasty, mentoplasty, or both.

Redefine Your Profile

Cosmetic chin surgery continues to be very beneficial to so many Santa Rosa, CA patients of plastic surgeons Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas. Chin augmentation creates harmony and balanced definition, delicately recontouring your facial structure and look. If you do not like the appearance of your jawline and you feel it is recessed or too prominent, chin augmentation can offer the look you are wishing for. We welcome you to call Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa and schedule your consultation to hear more about your cosmetic surgery options.

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