Are jaw implants worth it? Or can the same be achieved with sub Lipo under the chin and jaw?

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Are jaw implants worth it? Or can the same be achieved with sub Lipo under the chin and jaw?

Hi, I have performed many Jaw Enhancement (with dermal fillers) and Chin Augmentations using chin implants for over 30 years. Non smiling photos of your face from the front and side would help in the evaluation. If the chin is weak, this creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy and the lower face look short that de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a double chin. Chin augmentation using a chin implant will add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face.

I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick, highly effective and far less invasive than a sliding genioplasty. I perform chin implant surgery in 30 minutes or less, often using a local anesthetic alone. Liposuction can be performed to decrease excess fat in the neck. I have found using a dermal filler to augment the mandibular angle quick, easy, highly effective and without any of the serious "unwanted" side effects of jaw implants. 

Hope this helps.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant

Thank you for your question. Deciding on whether to have just sub mental lipo or a chin implant really depends on what your goals are. If what you're looking for is more of a defined jaw line, than an implant is probably the way to go. An implant can give the jaw a bit more projection and often patients feel like it gives that more of a finished appearance. 

John Allan Ness, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Candidate for a Chin Augmenatation

Without an exam your question cannot be answered. However, your photos are helpful and you are probably a good candidate for a Chin Augmentation. You will need to see an Oral/Maxillofacial surgeon to see if othognathic surgery, genioplasty or using an implant is best for your specific case. It should be noted that patients with severely weak jaws or abnormally functioning jaws may be better treated with other facial surgery (orthognathic surgery), although a chin augmentation may be an option at a later time. These patients should seek the advice of a plastic surgeon to determine which course is right for them. Here is some information to help you make this decision:
Candidates for Chin Augmentation -
Patients whose chin profiles are weak but have normally functioning jaws are candidates for Chin Augmentation. Many of these candidates have used injectable fillers in the past to strengthen the protrusion of their chins, but are looking for a permanent solution. If you are one of these patients, then you are a likely candidate for chin augmentation.

Are jaw implants worth it? Or can the same be achieved with sub Lipo under the chin and jaw?

Hello blabib,
Thanks for your question.
Depending on your starting anatomy, a chin implant may be necessary for maximum cosmetic outcomes.  If you just have excess submental fat, liposuction alone can help.  If you have a small chin as well, you may need to add a chin implant to further the outcome.
In some cases, liposuction, chin implant placement, and neck muscle tighten is necessary to get the best results.
A consultation with a facial cosmetic surgery specialist is recommended to see what best fits your goals.
Check out the link below to see a patient of mine who had surgery to define her neck.
Good luck,
Dr. Shah

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Jaw implants

It depends upon your present bone structure. If your lower jaw is wide enough and a 'division' is obvious between your face and neck; then liposuction can help somewhat. But most individuals need some increased structure/bone width definition. Talk to the Maxillofacial surgeon

Gerald Wittenberg, MSc, DMD
Vancouver Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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