Chin implants improve the silhouette of a patients’ face that may be sunken. Chin implants exist in all shapes and sizes with the ability to be customised to suit a particular facial structure. Chin implants such as hydroxyapatite implants will integrate with the face’s natural bone tissue and become a part of the facial structure.
The surgeon will mark out the area on the patient’s skin where the implant is to me placed. The procedure is performed under either general or local anaesthesia, taking up to two hours. The surgeon will make small incisions in the mouth, neck area. The implants are then placed into small pockets crafted by the surgeon into the chin tissue. The implant is carefully inserted using a sterile clamp, this is important to avoid contaminating the implant and causes complications. The size of the implant is dependent on the patients’ needs, including facial structure and desired outcomes.
The recovery time may take up to six weeks following the surgery. The initial forty-eight hours are the most uncomfortable and pain medication may be required. A cold pack may be recommended to assist in reducing the swelling and bruising following the surgery. Food intake is likely to be restricted initially especially with pain and swelling. Physical activities will also be restricted with strenuous activities discouraged during the recovery period. It is advisable to remain elevated to assist with pain and promote healing. Stitches may need to be removed five – ten days following the surgery.
Implants are a permanent procedure that should not require any maintenance or repetition. It is uncommon however implants may become infected or displace which may require surgical correction.