I am thinking of getting a chin implant. Think it would help? If so, what size should I get?
Thinking about Getting a Chin Implant - Would it Help?
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A chin implant does help with chin retrusion. The implants are placed through a half-inch incision in the submental crease and inserted directly over the bone under the muscle. They come in many different sizes and shapes: small, medium, large, and extra large. The size is determined at the time of consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Look for a surgeon who has performed many, many facial implants.
A chin implant is used to balance the face when the chin is "behind" a line drawn from the forehead straight down. Many times, I will inject saline solution so the patient has an idea what it would look like. Another option that is non-surgical is to use a filler like Juvederm or Restylane. A permanent solution is the chin implant which I place through the mouth or with a small cut underneath the chin.
Your chin from the photos you posted is quite large, strong. I would like to see your whole face but from just these, I feel you do not need a chin implant and it may actually cause your chin to be overly projecting.
Chin Surgery with Implant or Jaw Advancement
Small or receded chins are relatively common. While more appropriate for a woman, small chins are usually not ideal for a man. Chin augmentation is normally combined with rhinoplasty or face lift surgery, or done alone. Chin treatment options include the following:
- orthognathic surgery - teeth are aligned, upper & lower jaws are broken, and both are brought forward
- sliding genioplasty - lower jaw chin bone advanced, without teeth alignment
- chin implant - material placed in front of chin bone, typically silicone
Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and each is not appropriate for everyone. Silicone chin implant is the most common procedure to augment the chin and improve the jawline. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can a plastic surgeon help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.
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Hard to say without an exam
A chin implant will certainly make your chin look larger but you may be better off with a sliding genioplasty or lower jaw surgery. I suggest that you see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area . Good Luck.
Dr Grant Stevens Marina Plastic Surgery Marina del Rey, California 310-827-2653
Would chin implant help
From your photos it certainly seems as though augmenting the chin would help with projecting your chin area.
The issue is whether you'd be better served with a sliding genioplasty and/or orthognathic surgery. The later realligns your tooth position and can provide pretty extensive gains in lower jaw projection.
An in person exam would allow your surgery to give you an assessment of which approach(es) you could consider and what results are possible.
Chin Implant Expectations Need to Be Realistic
It appears as though you may need to have a mandibular advancement instead of a chin implant. However, it's difficult to give you exact answers without examining you in person.
Chin implant may not be the way to go.
It is impossible to tell how your teeth come together, but oral surgical evaluation will tell this, as well as allow you to obtain information about jaw advancement surgery. Otherwise, you will require a large or extra large anatomic chin implant, similar to the one I used in the case linked to below.
Start with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can evaluate the teeth, jaw, and chin and give you the best advice that takes into account all of these factors! Good luck!
Chin implant for small jaw
Based on the pictures, you have a very small and underdeveloped mandible (jaw) and this would be better corrected by a procedure to advance the mandible rather than augmenting the chin.
Based on your degree of Microgenia and Mandibular recession, you would be a better candidate for advancement of the lower jaw by an Oral Surgeon. This is called a sliding Genioplasty. Dr. G
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