What age does the chin stop growing on a male? What are some alternatives to a implant? I do not have a strong chin
Whos a Candidate for a Chin Implant?
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Chin implant age
Most patients by the age of 16 are good candidates for a chin implant. At this age the facial profile is basically defined and the oral bite is what it is for better or worse. It is nice to go to high school with the problem of a weak chin easily solved without much surgical risk.
Chin Implant and Alternatives
Candidates for chin implant
The chin has most likely stopped growing by age 18 and it is acceptable to undergo surgery for a chin implant. A submental incision is made and the silastic implant is placed directly on top of the chin bone. The implant augments the chin forward to give the illusion of a longer jaw line. The alternative to a chin implant is to perform mandibular osteotomies to set the jaw forward. Mandibular osteotomies are best performed by oral surgeons who routinely perform this surgery.
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Who is a Candidate for a Chin Implant?
I recommend that a young man wait until age 18 to augment the chin. For most patients a chin implant is the best procedure. The chin bone (the mandible) can be advanced but this is a much bigger procedure that usually is not necessary. The chin can be augmented with fat or fillers but normally this is temporary.
Chin implant candidate and alternatives
We typically suggest waiting until facial growth has stabilized before having jaw sugery. For males this is usually around 15-17 years of age.
Alternatives to chin implant placement are:
- Slliding genioplasty which involves advancing your chin bone itself and securing it with a titanium plate
- Skin filler injection: this is a temporary procedure but can be done in the office.
If you are 16 years old, you can have a chin implant.
Radiesse (about two syringes) injected deeply into the chin will give you a stronger chin for several years. For a permanent result, an anatomical chin implant works very well.
Chin and Lower Jaw Growth
The development of the lower jaw, and its most anterior projection of the chin, does not fully mature until near age 21. For mild cases of chin weakness, it may be best to wait for chin augmentation until this time. For more significant chin deficiencies, maturity will help but substantative changes are not likely to occur much after age 16. Earlier intervention with chin augmentation may be justified in these situations.
Inserting a chin implant is a great surgical method to enhance a male's chin. A much stronger profile is created with the use of a chin implant. There are a multitude of implants styles that are appropriate. Consult with a surgeon who performs and is familiar with inserting chin implants.
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