The Process and Recovery of Chin Augmentation Surgery

by: Julianne Kleinman

Chin implant surgery has never been as popular as it is today. So many people in the US, and international, are choosing to have this type of plastic surgery performed on them lately. And for most, the process is typically pretty similar with a few minor variations. Let's talk about what that process is like, and what those variations might be based on the choices that the surgeons and individuals might choose to make.

Typically, chin augmentation surgery has two occasions - reconstructive surgery, or enhanced aesthetics. The actual operation won't take more than an hour, and it will be an outpatient process you can have done in a doctor's office, plastic surgery center, or a hospital. It is not uncommon for a surgeon to use either local or general aesthetic, this really depends on their prerogative. Chin implants are often performed as part of a bigger batch of operations, obviously this extends the time the procedure will take.

There are usually two areas where a surgeon will enter for a chin implant - one is underneath your chin on the external skin while the other is internal on your lower lip, inside your mouth. An implant, specifically chosen by the doctor and patient, will be inserted into the hole that the incision made. The surgeon will stitch up his incisions after the procedure - after 7-10 days, you can come back in to have them removed.

Provided that there are no issues or complications, your recovery should be pretty simple. After the implant is secure and your incisions closed, you can come back a week later for a follow up to make sure everything went well. It's not unusual to have a general soreness in your chin area after the operation, as well as some swelling and bruising. At the discretion of the patient and surgeon, a prescription for painkillers through the recovery process may be written.

It's best to plan ahead and have a friend or family member with you while you are having your operation done. This way, you have someone to drive you home, and it doesn't hurt to have someone around for a few days afterward as well. You may not actually need them, but it's always helpful to have some assistance available just in case.

And that is the whole procedure - that's all there is to it.. It is incredible that the medical field has come so far that a procedure like this can be completed in an office in just an hour.