Chin surgery is surgical procedure that aims to reshape the chin, either by enhancement with an implant or with a reduction of the bone. Many individuals seek out chin surgery to give their face a more balanced profile.
It is not uncommon for Dr. Ku to perform chin surgery in combination with other procedures, such as nose surgery, in order to achieve facial proportion.
Chin Surgery: Is it right for you?
Ideal candidates for chin surgery should be healthy non-smokers with realistic expectations of what chin surgery can accomplish. If you are dissatisfied with the way your chin looks, either because of genetics, age or facial trauma, chin surgery can provide you with a more natural balance of facial features.
During your consultation with Dr. Ku, he will be available to answer any questions you may have about chin surgery as well as determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate. Factors such as your medical history, overall health and jaw structure will be taken into account during the consultation process. Before and after photos will also be available for your perusal.
What to Expect During your Chin Surgery
Chin surgery is a surgical procedure typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgical process will differ depending upon whether you are undergoing chin augmentation or chin reduction.
Chin augmentation is often completed in less than an hour. A small incision will be placed inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or in the skin just under the chin area to create a pocket for implant insertion along the lower jaw. Following implant insertion, sutures will be placed and your chin will be taped to minimize swelling and discomfort.
Similar to chin augmentation, chin reduction surgery begins with a small incision in the mouth (near the lower lip) or underneath the chin. Using specialized instruments, Dr. Ku will detach the bone at the tip of the chin and then reshape it to create a more proportionate facial contour. The tip is then reattached and held together using wires and plates. Sutures will also be placed at the site of incision.
Recovery and Aftercare
It is reasonable to anticipate some discomfort and swelling in the affected area for several days to weeks after surgery. Bruising may be visible around the chin and neck regions. Facial movements such as talking or smiling also may be hindered temporarily following surgery. Dr. Ku will provide you with specific instructions regarding dental hygiene, eating and physical activities following surgery.
To Learn More: Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Joseph Ku
Are you considering chin surgery? Dr. Ku is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. You can schedule a consultation with him at his Riverside plastic surgery office located in Inland Empire by calling 951-683-1166.
Click here to learn more about chin surgery in the Inland Empire from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, of which Dr. Ku is a member.