What is a chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation is a procedure that most commonly uses implants to improve and reshape the chin. Dr. Rodolfo Castillo board-certified plastic surgeon performs the chin augmentation in a modern facility in Tijuana, Mexico. With your years of experience, you can be sure of receiving a chin augmentation that is with attractive results that improve your facial harmony. The purpose of a chin augmentation is to create a chin that is more prominent and defined. This procedure provides many attractive benefits for patients, including:

  • Offer lasting results by having a fixed chin implant in the bones that form the chin
  • Correct the appearance of a retracted chin
  • Balance other facial features, especially a strong nose
  • Improvement of a sagging neck skin, which can be accentuated by a weak chin
  • Create a harmonious side profile
  • Increase confidence in your appearance and facial profile

A chin augmentation can also be easily combined with other types of facial plastic surgery. In fact, a chin augmentation is commonly performed in conjunction with a Rhinoplasty procedure to achieve greater parity between facial features.

Before and During the Procedure

Before undergoing Chin Augmentation, you will have a consultation with Dr. Rodolfo Castillo board-certified plastic surgeon. He will discuss your Medical History, so prepare to answer questions about past and current medical conditions, previous surgeries, and realistic expectations.

A chin implant can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Rodolfo Castillo works with an anesthesiologist who will determine the type of anesthesia that is best for your case. In order not to leave visible scars, a small incision is made inside the mouth under the gum. 

Next, special instruments are articulated precisely to make a pocket of tissue along the chin to accommodate the implant. The implant is then placed in this bag along the lower edge of the jaw bone. The center of the implant is secured with sutures, and the overlapping tissues are well placed on the implant for a soft and natural appearance. 

Finally, the incision is closed and a light support tape is applied to maintain the correct positioning of the implant during healing.

After the Procedure and Recovering

Most patients take about a week off from work to recover from their chin augmentation procedure. The discomfort is generally minimal, and can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Adhesive tape will be used to minimize swelling and improve facial contour. Sutures usually get rid of two weeks to a month after surgery. 

Most patients will return to daily activities around this time. It may take a little more time to return to rigorous exercise or other physically demanding activities. Bruises and swelling may occur after the surgery, especially during the first 1-2 weeks. However, the symptoms will gradually improve and, within 3-4 months, the tissues will return to normal. Some patients may take up to 6 months or 1 year.

Following your doctor’s postoperative instructions regarding activity restrictions, the use of bandages and changes, and other details will go far to ensure a safe and rapid recovery.

Self-care

Following your Chin Augmentation surgery, Dr. Rodolfo Castillo will recommend you to:

  • Apply a cold compression garment on the chin to relieve pain and prevent swelling
  • Stay in touch with your Patient Coordinator to avoid main causes of infection and inflammation
  • Sleep with the head in an elevated position. Do not sleep sideways or on a stomach, since this may harm the wound that is still inflamed.
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • During the first week after surgery, eat food with a straw to prevent food scraps from contacting with the wound area
  • Visit the clinic according to the appointment. Do not remove the adhesive bandage or sutures prior to the specified period.
  • Clean gently the face with a damp cloth or with a skin cleansing product instead of washing the face
  • Avoid lowering the head, such as while reading a book, playing on a computer, and lifting a heavy object, and avoid shaking or inclining the face excessively, especially during the first 2 weeks
  • Avoid eating seafood, preserved food, spicy food, and hard food that are difficult to chew during the first month after surgery
  • Strenuous exercise, such as running and swimming is possible after 3 months onwards.