Chin implants can be a solution to many different facial insecurities, and are often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty. However, it is often overlooked how much balance a chin augmentation can actually bring to the structure of your face. This surgery serves to elongate the jawline, balance facial proportion and bring further definition to cheekbones by making use of any excess skin. This look creates a thinner, more defined and more balanced face.
There are many different types of chin implants, creating unique results for each patient. As everyone has different goals for facial plastic surgery, providing options for implant materials allows your surgeon to give you results that serve your particular needs and facial shape.
Solid Silicone Implants
Silicone implants are used in most chin augmentation surgeries. They are made to be very flexible and easily shaped for each patient. Silicone implants typically yield the most natural looking results if planted properly, but because this synthetic material does not attach to the surrounding tissue in the jaw, the implant is susceptible to a slight amount of shifting if its pocket is not created precisely. Though the surgery to place silicone implants is the most technical, they remain the most popular material for chin implants as they are safe, easily shaped and keep a natural look for most patients.
Gore-Tex implants are made out of a substance called polytetrafluoroethylene and have a much more permanent effect than silicone implants. While silicone is very easily removed from the body, Gore-Tex implants are stabilized in the bone with titanium screws. The material used is also very porous, so once implanted, your own bone and tissue will begin to grow into the implant, making it truly a part of your new facial silhouette. While this permanence might seem intimidating, it is ideal for any cosmetic changes you make to your image and ensures lasting results. Gore-Text implants are known to be very flexible while keeping their strength, so they can be made to fit all different facial structures.
Medpor implants contain the material polyethylene, which is very similar in structure to the Gor-Tex material. Because it is porous, it will also incorporate into the surrounding jawbone and tissue; however, Medpor implants are slightly less flexible than Gor-Tex. The positive aspect of choosing an implant material that will combine with your body’s bone and tissue is that the affected area will be fueled by a blood supply which prevents infection and disease as you heal.
Structural Fat Grafting
The final option for chin implants is fat grafting, or fat transfer, of the patient’s own fat to the chin. Typically, liposuction is used to remove excess fat from one part of your body, which is then prepared and injected carefully into the chin for augmentation. This method is typically very successful for less dramatic results, but is very safe and does not involve nonorganic materials.
What’s Best for You?
At Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery, we want to give you results best for your facial structure and surgical goals. That is why each of our patients will get a chance to meet with Dr. Schneider for a personal consultation before surgery. Together, you will discuss implant options and surgical details so you can be sure you are getting the results you have been dreaming of.
If you are unhappy with the balance of your facial features, notice an undefined jawline or are looking to form a more chiseled facial silhouette, a chin implant procedure may be right for you. Contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery today to schedule your introductory consultation: 651-493-8501.