Chin implant versus Genioplasty, How does this change the Profile views and Frontal view?

Chin implant’s (Dr Young, Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, near Seattle, WA) can enhance your profile and are much easier to recover from compared to a genioplasty.  A sliding genioplasty involves cutting through your chin bone and advancing it.  This can lead to issues such as longer recovery, nerve injury chances are increased, step off deformities can occur, there is much more pain with it, and the advanced bone segment can loss volume. It is harder to demonstrate the changes from the frontal view.  It requires your doctor changing the way the light hits the chin to show the changes.  For women, the chin implants always need to be done in a conservative way.  Generally, there are many options for augmenting your jaw including where on your jaw (location) and how much. There are many different types of implants that you can choose from. Also, there are different types of material and I generally prefer to implant silicone or medpor (porous polyethylene). Silicone is a the most common option. It is soft, does not get incorporated within your tissues but has a capsule formed around it. The advantage is that it can easily be removed and replaced with a bigger or smaller implant with relative ease. Medpor is stiff, and grainy to the touch and gets incoporated into your tissues. The incorporation makes the medpor implant more resilient to infection. But this incorporation makes it harder to remove the implant if you want to change it. Here is a video on chin implants.

Thanks for reading, Dr Young

Dr Young specializes in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is located in Bellevue near Seattle, Washington

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