Chin surgery can give you a balanced facial appearance. Proportion and balance in a face are directly related to the size and shape of your chin and your nose. If one or the other is out of balance, it throws your whole face off!
The American society of Plastic Surgeons has done studies that show individual facial bones shift and change size with age. Therefore, a chin that was proportional at age 20 can become either too large or too small at age 40.
How Can Chin Surgery Help?
Chin surgery can bring balance to your face by a variety of procedures. Chin surgery can reduce or augment the size of your chin, liposuction can remove a double chin and restore a jaw line, and a face lift can be done at the same time as chin surgery to give an over combination treatment to face.
Who Performs Chin Surgery?
Only consult with board certified plastic surgeons. Ask around – good cosmetic surgeons are referred by word of mouth and sometimes have long waiting lists. These are good signs! During your initial consultation, ask to see before and after photos.
Bring a photo of a chin that you like – this helps the surgeon to see your desires and determine if this is a reasonable expectation for your face.
How Much Does Chin Surgery Cost?
The cost of the procedure is dependent on three things: the facility fee, the anesthesia fee, and the surgeon’s fee. Average cost of chin surgery range from $3000 to $10000. The wide range in costs is dependent on the above three factors plus the region. If you have an overnight stay, the costs escalate dramatically.
If the procedure is deemed medically necessary, your insurance may cover a part or all of the surgery. Check with your provider.
What Can I Expect During Chin Surgery?
Chin surgery, when performed alone, is often done as an outpatient procedure. If simple, the procedure can be done under local anesthesia, but if more complicated or in combination with other procedures, may require general anesthesia. Simple procedures take about an hour.
If you having a chin reduction, expect that the surgeon will make an incision either under the lower lip inside the mouth or under the chin in a hidden place. This is also where the incisions for a chin implant would be made.
A chin can be augmented by insertion of a chin implant or surgical advancement of the jaw bone. Alternatively, a chin can be augmented by advancement of the chin bone. In this procedure, an incision is made under the lower lip inside the mouth.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
The area that has been operated on will be significantly swollen and bruised post-op. This will gradually reside after a couple of weeks; the stitches are removed 7-10 days post-op.
Follow all your doctor’s instructions to minimize the risk of complications, such as elevating your head to reduce swelling.