Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty with Chin Implants) – Houston, TX

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About Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is a popular cosmetic treatment that reshapes the chin for patients with a recessed chin, or one they feel is too large. Often when a chin is too small, it can create an undefined profile. Both surgical and nonsurgical chin augmentation can be performed to enhance your chin. One of the most effective procedures uses an implant to create a more prominent jawline and a more appealing profile. In Houston, TX, board-certified surgeon Dr. Derek Lou offers various options to consider for your chin augmentation. In addition to implants, which are manufactured in numerous sizes and shapes, noninvasive treatments, such as fillers or Kybella, can help add contour. For oversized chins, genioplasty might be an option. This surgery at Lou Plastic Surgery removes bone and cartilage to reduce your chin and jaw to a smaller size.

Ideal Candidates

Chin augmentation is a treatment for men, as well as women. If you are unhappy with the shape and appearance of your chin and do not like the undefined profile it offers, chin augmentation can improve the lower portion of your face. It's also fairly common for our patients to combine rhinoplasty along with their chin augmentation procedure. This combined approach offers great reassurance for the prominent structures of your face to be proportionate and balanced.

Surgical Technique

During chin augmentation, general anesthesia will be administered, or IV sedation in some cases. The incision is placed under your chin. In this incision, a surgical pocket is formed to keep the implant device in its proper place, which involves shaving some of the bone to create grooves to securely hold your implant in position. The chin implant is placed through the incision and positioned on top of the bone, below your lower lip. Sometimes, the incision can be created inside the lip where it connects to your gumline. Both incision points help to conceal scars. Tiny sutures are used to safely close the incisions, and your lower face will be wrapped with bandages.

What to Expect

Aesthetic chin augmentation produces immediate gratifying results, which can be pretty exciting for our patients. Even though facial swelling and discoloration will be present right after your surgery, this is temporary. In most cases, chin augmentation takes about two weeks of healing. Strenuous activity should not be performed during this time period. This particular surgery has extremely high success rates and by having it under the hands of a trained surgeon, like Dr. Lou, your outcome will be natural and proportionate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does chin augmentation cost?
Dr. Lou can begin to estimate your costs for chin augmentation in your initial consultation as soon as your surgical plan is formed. Your cost will be based on the size and type of chin implant you select, as well as facility, anesthesia, and surgical fees. A surgery, like a chin implant, can produce great, long-lasting results so it is smart to concentrate on finding a doctor you trust who has proven results and years of experience, like Dr. Lou, rather than the lowest cost. Lou Plastic Surgery takes several payments and we will give you information on low-interest medical financing, which can make your chin surgery easier to afford.

Will augmentation fix my double chin?
A chin implant is meant to give you a stronger, sharper look to your lower face. If you have a double chin, you might prefer neck liposuction to have the excess fat in your submental area (the upper neck below the jawline) removed. Occasionally, neck liposuction on its own can give you a better jawline and appearance without needing to have an implant procedure. Dr. Lou will discuss your choices and his suggestions in your first appointment.

Can I combine other facial surgeries with chin augmentation?
Many people get a chin implant along with another facial surgery, such as cheek implants or nose reshaping surgery. Dr. Lou can help you choose the procedures that are best for your concerns and goals during your initial consultation. It might be challenging to decide by yourself what procedure(s) might be best for you, which is why a consultation with Dr. Lou is so crucial. He will use his years of experience and eye for aesthetically pleasing results to help you develop your treatment plan.

Are there nonsurgical procedures to improve my chin?
If you have stubborn fat in your upper neck that causes a double chin, Kybella may be a nonsurgical option to improve your chin. Kybella has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to eliminate fat in your upper neck (the submental area). This might be all you need or Kybella might be performed along with chin surgery to deliver your optimal results. Tell Dr. Lou in your initial consultation so he can explain all your choices and choose what's best for your goals.

What's the difference between mentoplasty and genioplasty?
Mentoplasty is a procedure that adds fullness and shape to your chin. On the other hand, genioplasty is a procedure that reconstructs the chin bone. Based on the state of your chin and your cosmetic goals, you might require both surgeries or just one. A genioplasty, in addition to being a cosmetic procedure, may also be performed to improve medical concerns, like your dental bite. Dr. Lou can help you choose whether to get chin augmentation (mentoplasty), genioplasty, or both.

Redefine Your Profile

Chin reduction or augmentation surgery continues to be very beneficial to many Houston, TX patients of Lou Plastic Surgery. This surgery creates harmony within the lower face, refining your facial features. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your jawline and you feel it is the wrong size and shape, chin augmentation can create the look you desire. Please call Lou Plastic Surgery and schedule your consult with Dr. Derek Lou to hear more about your options.

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