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Chin Augmentation

Why is chin augmentation done?

Chin augmentation is a cosmetic surgery done to enhance a weak chin or balance the facial features by augmenting the chin using

  1. Artificial implants
  2. Bio implants such as bone or tissue grafts taken from the patient or a donor
  3. Fat grafting or fat injections
  4. Sliding genioplasty
  5. Injectables fillers such as collagen, HA etc

How is chin augmentation done?

  • Chin implants
    • An incision is made inside the lower lip, or under the chin.
    • A pocket is created at the tip of the chin where an implant of the desired size and shape is placed
    • The incisions are sutured and the chin is taped to minimize swelling
  • Sliding genioplasty
    • An incision is made inside the mouth in the area of the lower lip.
    • The tip of the chin bone is then cut with an oblique saw, moved forward and stabilized with wires or plates.
    • The incision is closed and the patient’s head is wrapped with a pressure dressing.

     

  • Fat injections or fat grafting
    • The fat is removed from the donor site, usually the buttocks, abdomen etc, with a small hypodermic needle and spun in a centrifuge to remove excess fluids
    • The undamaged fat cells are then
      • injected with the use of a separate smaller hypodermic either just under the chin or deep within the muscle or
      • Implanted, taking individual strands of fat cells one by one through minute incisions on the chin. The incisions are then closed
  • Injectable fillers
    • The filler is injected using a fine needle inserted at several points along the edge of the treatment site.
    • The doctor/nurse  massages the area to evenly distribute the filler
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