Patients can be self-conscious about many aspects of their body. But in general, things are never as bad as they seem. This is particularly true when it comes to their chin. They may feel a great deal of facial disharmony – concerns about their nose, neck and chin – but a chin augmentation may be all that needs tweaking and is relatively easy to perform.
By bringing the chin into better alignment with the lower lip and tip of the nose, treating the chin alone can bring the entire face back into balance. A chin augmentation, regardless of type, can be performed under general anesthesia. To augment the chin, you have two options.
By making a simple and relatively small incision under the chin, a silicone implant can be placed onto the lower edge of the existing chin. To minimize movement of the implant, the silicone is placed under the mentalis (chin) muscle. Keep in mind that the silicone used is not liquid but more like a gummy bear. If you cut it in half, it keeps its shape rather than leaking silicone all over the place.
If you’re particularly concerned about laying a silicone implant on top of the lower edge of your jaw, then you can have your surgeon cut the lower edge of your existing chin bone and advance the bone. The newly advanced bone is held into place with metal screws and plates.
So, in the end, you still have non-native materials placed into your body. It’s just a matter of whether you want silicone or titanium! But rest assured, both are safe. Hope that helps.
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