A chin augmentation is typically done to enhance the forward bone contour of the chin area. In my practice, this is usually accomplished with a specialized implant called the “conform” implant designed by Implantech. This procedure reliably augments an under projected chin, resulting in a more proportioned face, the ultimate goal of chin augmentation.
Chin augmentation can also be performed at the time of smartlipo of the neck or a neck of facelift to make the neck more elongated when helpful. A chin implant is often performed with a rhinoplasty as well.
In men, a chin implant results in what is seen as a more masculine appearance.
Recently, dermal fillers, specifically Voluma, have been used to achieve the similar goals. Filler enjoys the ease of a minimal recovery without any down time. They are also a great way for someone to “try out” a new look without the commitment of surgery. The down sides to chin fillers are that they typically require multiple tubes to achieve a similar look as a chin implant, and they will have to be repeated every 2 years.
The procedure can be done awake or asleep. I typically recommend performing the procedure under local anesthesia, especially if being done alone, because I find those areas easy to numb. This avoids the risk and expense of general anesthesia. A mild oral sedative (such as lorazepam) is prescribed for anxiety prior to the procedure
I exclusively use the Implantech conform implant. No two chin bones are exactly the same, I find that the conform technology allows the implant to contour the existing chin bone a lot better due to its semirigid nature. An older rigid implant will have more predefined shape that they will not settle down and sometimes create a step off where it doesn’t sit on the bone.
Double Certified by both the American board of plastic surgery and the American board of Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Khalifeh is an expert on Facial Anatomy and facial aesthetics. He is well known in the Washington DC community for providing cutting edge cosmetic surgery treatments.
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