Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty)
Individual features determine your physical attractiveness, but the relationship among your features is also important. Chin Augmentation with an implant is a minor plastic surgical procedure that, alone or in combination with rhinoplasty or other procedures, can make a dramatic lifetime difference in your facial dimensions and how the world sees you. Implant chin amplification adjusts the forward-most and, if desired, downward-most projection of your lower jaw for more prominence, and improves visual relationships between the jaw and other facial facets. Projecting landmarks of the face such as chin, cheeks, nose, and brows should aesthetically harmonize. No single feature should dominate. Contour of your chin is related to shape and size of the lower jaw, and relationship between upper and lower jaws. If the chin is weak compared to the nose, cheeks, or brows, chin implant insertion is a straightforward and long lasting way to improve this imbalance.
Dr. Laverson uses premium quality biocompatible solid silicone (Implantech®, AART®) or POREX® porous polyethylene implants (Stryker® maxillofacial). These are bathed in antiseptic, then inserted through a small imperceptible surgical access, symmetrically positioned, and snugly secured for predictable, natural results. Procedures are accomplished in the office under local anesthesia or in the surgery center with sedation or general anesthesia. Implant(s) are selected to match your facial bones and your desired result. When you are numb, sterile plastic surgical techniques are incorporated to develop a precise pocket directly upon the surface of your mandible, the lower jaw bone. This pocket lies beneath a layer of “periosteum,” the connective tissue membrane that adheres closely to skeletal surfaces. Periosteum is carefully separated from your bone under direct vision to establish space for the implant. Placing your implant beneath periosteum insures a measure of stability and camouflage, so your implant is not expected to move, and unlikely to be seen and/or felt. Implant placement within the pocket is performed aseptically (to avoid infection), precisely for symmetry between right and left sides, and delicately to avoid injuring surrounding nerves, muscles, skin, and other structures. Irrigation with antiseptic and confirmation of proper implant positioning is followed by skin edge approximation and closure in several layers for durability, and under magnification with surgical optics for the least visible scar. Chin augmentation is often performed with other enhancements such as rhinoplasty or necklift.
Video details of chin implant procedure HERE.