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Rhinoplasty Combined With Chin Implant FAQs

What is a chin implant?

Also known as a chin augmentation, a chin implant is a procedure that is performed to improve the balance of your face by altering the shape of your chin. A chin augmentation can improve the appearance of a weak or receding chin. The implant may be made from synthetic materials, such as silicone, Gortex, or Medpor, or it can be created from bone and fat harvested from the patient’s body. Chin implants come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. An experienced plastic surgeon will be able to select the chin implant that will best complement your face and improve your overall facial harmony.

Why might a chin implant be recommended in combination with rhinoplasty?

Nearly one-third of rhinoplasty candidates present with a larger nose and a smaller chin. A rhinoplasty procedure can effectively reduce the size of the nose, but it won’t change the shape of the chin. Each of our facial features works together to create an overall sense of balance and harmony. While rhinoplasty may improve the shape and size of the nose, it may not successfully improve the overall appearance if other structural defects are not addressed. One of the best ways to improve a small, weak, or receding chin is through a chin augmentation.

Are chin implants common?

Yes. About 20% of our patients in New York undergo a chin implant in combination with a rhinoplasty.

Is there any risk of side effects or complications associated with chin implants?

Complications after a chin implant are rare. The risks associated with chin implants include infection and movement of the implant. When placed by the best rhinoplasty surgeon, the risk of movement and infection are very low. You can increase the likelihood of a complication-free recovery by strictly adhering to all of our doctor’s post-surgical instructions.

How is a chin implant performed?

Dr. Rizk will most likely perform your chin augmentation on the same day as your rhinoplasty. He will first make a small incision beneath your chin in a well-concealed area. Then the implant will be positioned deep beneath the tissues and muscles of the chin and attached to the underlying bone with sutures or surgical screws. The implant will eventually shape to the bone and be undetectable after you have healed completely. Afterwards, the incision will be sutured and taped to minimize swelling during the recovery period.

What is the recovery period like?

During your recovery period, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and numbness. To increase your comfort during the recovery period, we recommend that you eat soft foods until any pain and numbness have diminished. Most patients report that pain after chin augmentation is mild. You will need to return to Dr. Rizk’s New York office 5 to 7 days after your procedure to have your sutures removed. This is typically performed at the same time as your post-rhinoplasty follow up.

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