Is it Best to Have Chin Implants Before A Rhinoplasty?

What implications, if any, are there if one has both a chin implant and a rhinoplasty?

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Chin Implant and Rhinoplasty

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It is great that you are recognizing the importance of the chin in aligning the profile and harmonizing facial proportions. Frequently, the two procedures are done concurrently, but they don't have to. This is ideal as it would require only one procedure with one recovery period, etc..

In general, I like to perform a thorough examination and facial analysis and determine whether a chin implant, in conjunction with the rhinoplasty would provide a significant improvement. If so, I recommend that it be performed at the same time as rhinoplasty.

There are no medical, surgical, or aesthetic considerations that would mandate the procedures be done separately. However, if you are hesitant and wish to see the degree of improvement of one procedure prior to deciding on the second, that is quite reasonable. Another reason is financial as some patients elect to have one procedure they can afford at that time and undergo the other when finances permit.

Hope this helps. All the best.

Montreal Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implants and Rhinoplasty

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Your chin and nose are both important characteristics in your face and both are in balance with each other. If you have a small chin, this may make your nose look proportionally large as a consequence of your chin. Having combined chin implant surgery and rhinoplasty will often give you the best result as both are balanced at the time of surgery. In addition you only have to undergo a single surgery, single anesthesia, and recovery time is reduced. I often complete the two procedures together often to ensure your appearance is as balanced and natural as possible.

Chin Augmentation is commonly done With a Nose Surgery

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There is no reason to do a chin implant apart from a nose operation. Both operations are commonly done together and can restore balance to the face.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Chin implant before rhinoplasty?

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The chin implant and a rhinoplasty can be done at the same time under the same anesthetic, and the patient will have one recuperative time period after surgery.  They can be done separately, but the patient will have separate recovery times.  The two surgeries, although they change different parts of the face, they do affect each other.  A retrusive chin will make a nose look larger and a large nose will make a chin appear more retrusive.  When a large nose and retrusive chin are present, both rhinoplasty and a chin implant is recommended to create facial balance.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Would It Be in my Best Interest to Have Chin Implants Before I Have Rhinoplasty?

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  Typically the Chin Implant is performed at the same time as the Rhinoplasty in patients who would benefit from a more balanced profile.  Be sure that your plastic and cosmetic surgeon and Rhinoplasty Surgeon understands and follows the proper aesthetics of facial (and nasal) beauty for the creation of a naturally, more attractive nose and face.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant and Rhinoplasty: Facial balance restored with one operation

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Chin implant and rhinoplasty are two procedures which are commonly performed at the same operation in order to restore facial balance. The profile of the nose and chin are altered with these procedures and it has been shown that if one is left undone the perceived result of the operation is compromised. I would always discuss this with my rhinoplasty patients after the review of their photos. A chin implant is usually a silicone and I usually place this through a small incision under the chin. This procedure adds about an hour to the rhinoplasty surgery, but really does not contribute to prolonging the recovery after the surgery. I would consider doing both the chin implant and rhinoplasty at the same time if your surgeon does do these operations.

Andrew P. Trussler, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant and rhinoplasty

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When a chin implant is considered along with rhinoplasty we often refer to this as "profile-plasty". The reason being that a certain balance is sought on the profile view between the chin and nose. In that, doing both at the same time will usually result in better harmony, as well as, convenience.

Andrew Pichler, MD
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon

Chin implant and rhinoplasty

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The decision of chin implant and rhinplasty is highly dependant on both your nasal and chin anatomy.  Whether or not a chin implant, a rhinoplasty, or both would give the best cosmetic result can best be determined in consultation with your plastic surgeon while viewing and discussing your images.  If you are unsure, I would recommend consultation with several physicians.

Scott K. Thompson, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 113 reviews

Chin implant and rhinoplasty

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Quite commonly a chin implant can be placed at the same time as performing a rhinoplasty.  It is probably best to do it at the same time.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Chin implant and rhinoplasty

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Chin augmentation and rhinoplasty are often performed together.  The best way to decide if you need one or the other, or both, is with the aid of video imaging.  Your physician can show you on the computer what you will look like in each case scenario.  If it looks like you would benefit from both, then I would have them done at the same time.  

Robert M. Jensen, MD
Medford Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

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