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Chin Implant

More definition. More distinction. Give rounded features a more harmonious, proportioned and natural look with a chin augmentation in New York City.

I always felt that I had a really small chin. I made an appointment with Dr. Kolker to consult about having a chin augmentation procedure and to learn more about his surgical technique. I immediately felt comfortable with him as a person as well as a surgeon. Now, one year after having surgery, I feel like I have looked this way forever. JF

Chin Implant

Facial implants are commonly used to aesthetically improve facial contouring and to achieve a balance of facial features. The results can provide a more harmonious, proportionate look to your face. Chin augmentation, or chin implants, can be performed to produce a more defined chin profile and distinct jaw line, which can dramatically improve a recessive chin or a rounded face and neck. Chin augmentation or chin implant can also be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures to accentuate the lower face and neck line. A chin implant is frequently combined with liposuction of the neck, facelift, necklift, and rhinoplasty procedures.

Although less commonly used, in certain instances, cheek implants or jaw implants can provide balance and highlights to a less defined face or further enhance an already existent cheek structure. Of all facial implant procedures, Dr. Kolker most commonly performs chin augmentation in NYC.

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  • Length: 1 hour
  • Back to Work: 5 to 7 days
  • Return to Exercise: 4 to 5 days (light cardio), 2 to 3 weeks (more strenuous exercise)

Planning

During your initial consultation with Dr. Kolker, he will thoroughly discuss your desires and expectations for chin implant surgery or other facial augmentation procedures. This is crucial to achieving the best chin augmentation NYC can offer. He will conduct a thorough examination of your facial skin, soft tissues and skeletal structure. With the aid of digital photography and computer imaging, Dr. Kolker will carefully help you to plan the combination of chin implant or facial implant techniques that will help achieve your most natural and desired result. Occasionally, x-rays may be required to further asses underlining bone structure and to aid in surgical planning. Dr. Kolker will carefully review the chin implant or facial implant procedure, or combination of procedures, which suit you best. Dr. Kolker will answer all questions that you might have regarding any step of the chin implant or facial implant process.

Procedure

During your NYC chin implant procedure, small incisions are made either inside the mouth or inconspicuously beneath the chin. The chin implant is then placed into a small pocket directly in front of the jaw bone. Depending upon your specific needs, a silicone chin implant or a porous polyethylene chin implant (Medpor chin implant) will be selected, and with a size and shape that suits you best. The chin implants, made of non-reactive surgical materials, come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Carving of the chin implant is performed when necessary to sculpt the chin implant to match your jaw anatomy. The particular implant that is placed will be chosen based upon your desires. The implant is most often anchored to the bone with a suture (silicone chin implant) or with a screw (porous polyethylene or Medpor chin implant). Tapes will be placed beneath the chin to minimize swelling. Stitches placed inside the mouth will dissolve after approximately week. If sutures are required underneath the chin, they will be removed after one week. Dr. Kolker will recommend the individual chin implant technique that suits you best. A chin implant in New York is performed in Dr. Kolker's office-based surgical suite, accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). A chin implant, when performed as an isolated procedure, takes between 30 and 60 minutes. A chin implant may be performed alone, or in combination with other facial procedures such as rhinoplasty, liposuction of the neck, and facelift and necklift.

Cheek implants are placed through small incisions inside the mouth, or inside the lower eyelid. The cheek implant is inserted through the incision and a small tunnel to sit securely in front of the existing cheek bone. If a cheek implant is being used in conjunction with another procedure, the implants may be inserted through the incisions used for those procedures. Cheek implant surgery is also performed in Dr. Kolker's office-based AAASF-accredited surgical suite. A cheek implant, when performed as an isolated procedure, takes between 60 and 90 minutes.

Recovery

Following chin implant surgery, you will go home on the same day with a friend or family member. Mild swelling and bruising, of the lower face and neck in particular, are expected after a chin implant, and generally resolve after seven to ten days. Sutures placed inside the mouth during chin implant are all dissolvable, and any sutures beneath the chin are removed approximately five to seven days following rhinoplasty. Dr. Kolker suggests taking one week off work following a chin implant, however many are able to return to work after three or four days. Light aerobic activity (elliptical or Precor, light treadmill walking, stationary bicycle, recumbent bicycle) may be resumed as early as five to seven days following chin implant, and more strenuous activity is begun at two to three weeks. Your relationship with Dr. Kolker does not end after chin implant surgery; he will see you often through the first weeks and months following your chin implant, and will advise you on all matters in your recovery.

Related procedures

Chin implant is often performed as an isolated procedure, and is also frequently combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures. Chin implant is often combined with liposuction of the neck to accentuate the jaw and neck lines. Chin implant is also commonly combined with rhinoplasty to promote balance and harmony in facial proportions. For those individuals who desire additional plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery enhancements, your chin implant may also be combined with fat transfer (autologous fat grafts), facelift, or blepharoplasty (eyelid lift).

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