Chin Implants for Men
The face has several elements all working together. From your nose to your eyebrows to your chin—each plays a part in projecting an overall message. Chin implants help you control that message, sculpting your chin in such a way as to compliment the rest of your face. Most men who are interested in chin implants suffer from a weak jawline or a recessive chin, and there’s no natural or biological way to address those issues without surgery. There are unique challenges when it comes to honoring the masculine features of the face, but the plastic surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery have a great deal of experience operating with chin implants for men in New Jersey.
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What are Chin Implants for Men?
A recessive jawline can give the impression of a weak, non-masculine face. To help correct this feature, plastic surgeons developed chin implants to augment the natural chin structures and give the appearance of a more traditionally masculine profile. During the procedure, implants are placed under the chin tissue (usually in conjunction with the chin’s natural structure) to achieve the desired effects. The implants themselves can be made from a variety of materials, and your plastic surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of these options during your consultation. Indeed, individualized implants often fare the best in terms not only of comfort but results as well.
Chin augmentation procedures are often most successful when they focus on improving the proportions of the face in subtle ways. The idea, after all, is not to draw attention to your surgery, but rather to enhance your strength in the composition of your face. The best chin augmentation and chin implant procedures emphasize this subtle relationship, generating results that at once strengthen the profile of the face and resist the temptation to make the jawline itself into an unnatural caricature of masculinity. A subtle improvement in the chin can mean a fast improvement in the proportions of the face—and in the control you have over the first impression you make on countless individuals.
Am I a Good Candidate for Chin Implants for Men?
In order to best predict and preserve the results of your aesthetic plastic surgery, the team at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery looks for the following characteristics in chin implant patients:
- Your chin recedes, almost into your neck
- You are unhappy with the appearance of you chin
- You are generally healthy and can withstand the stresses of surgery
- You have realistic expectations about what chin implants can achieve
Because chin augmentation is a surgical procedure, you will need to be very open about your medical history during your initial consultation. It will be important to provide your plastic surgeon with a detailed medical history, including current and past treatments, allergy information, illegal drug, tobacco and alcohol use, family history, and so on. Your ECAPS plastic surgeon will consult with you to develop a plan to best achieve your desired results.
Special Considerations for Chin Implants
As with any plastic surgery procedure, there are unique challenges posed by chin implant procedures. To ensure all of our patients get the best care possible, we ask that you consider the following:
- Weight: For the best results, it’s essential that you maintain a relatively stable weight. Excessive weight gain or weight loss could jeopardize your final look.
- Medical Conditions: There are certain medical conditions that may unfavorably complicate any possible operation, including heart problems, diabetes, and any immunodeficiency. It is vital you discuss these conditions with your plastic surgeon during your confidential consultation.
- Facial Hair: Because chin implants necessarily take place near the beard line, it’s worth pointing out that you will need to be shaved for the surgery to take place. Additionally, you may encounter some problems growing hair around scarred areas (in the case of an incision below the chin), though your general facial hair growth should not be impeded.
Surgery and Recovery
Chin implant procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, either in a fully qualified surgical suite or in a hospital setting. Your ECAPS plastic surgeon will decide whether you need local or general anesthesia depending on your comfort level and the extent of work you need accomplished. During the surgery, a small incision will be made either just beneath the chin or on the inside of the mouth, between the gum-line and the jaw. The benefit of an incision inside the mouth is that there are no visible scar lines when the procedure is over.
The downside of an incision inside the mouth is the possibility for infection, but if you follow your recovery instructions carefully, this likelihood can be reduced. Your ECAPS plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions to guide you through the recovery process. You will likely be able to return to work within a week, and to moderate activity within two to three weeks, though it may take several months for the swelling to dissipate entirely.