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Considering Chin Surgery: What You Should Know

May 2, 2008
There are many types of reconstructive surgery that can help with self-image, confidence, and wellbeing. It is healthy and desirable to feel comfortable with how you appear and who you are. Without self-confidence, true mental and emotional health can be a challenge. Fortunately, modern medicine offers opportunities for those who are unsatisfied with the appearance of their facial features, in particular the chin, the opportunity to undergo reconstructive surgery to bring confidence and happiness into their lives.

There are a few different options if considering chin surgery. One is chin augmentation, which helps to correct a receding or small chin. This may be caused by genetics or birth defects of some kind. There are various ways to perform a chin augmentation surgery. Chin implants are an option which carry their own set of inherent risks. If you are interested in chin surgery of this kind, it is important to sit down with a plastic surgeon and discuss the benefits and risks associated with the surgery. There are risks associated with injection, the implant shifting, and repeat surgery that may be necessary. Likewise, there is another option which involves an incision in the mouth which allows the plastic surgeon to move the chin bone forward a bit and secure it in place.

Another form of chin surgery involves chin reduction, which usually requires the plastic surgeon to remove fat deposits in the area to help round out and flatten the chin. Also, the chin bone may be sawed down if it protrudes due to a malformation issue that involves the bone. An incision in the mouth will be made and the tip of the chin bone may be removed and reattached to secure the chin in a new way. This procedure carries the same inherent risks related to any surgery such as infection or a healing problem. The chin will likely remain sore for a number of weeks while the bone heals and swelling goes down.

The correction of a double chin where fat and muscle tissues need to be removed, the plastic surgeon will make an incision under the chin to remove excess fat using liposuction. Then the muscles in the area, if they contribute to a structure that is undesirable to the patient, can be cut and realigned to alter the shape of the chin and neck area. A chin implant may also be used to correct a receding chin in this case with great results.

As with any cosmetic surgery, most health insurance providers will not offer coverage so it is important to speak with your plastic surgeon about the financial cost and commitment associated with chin surgery. Likewise, as with any surgery, having realistic expectations can help to make your surgery a satisfactory one. Asking questions and making sure that you understand the procedure from start to finish is a very important part of your surgery. Seek out the care and expertise of an experienced plastic surgeon in your area to go over some of your questions regarding chin surgery.
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