Bone structure is essential to an important part of an attractive, balanced face. The lower third of the face, if weak, can affect the overall facial balance. Chin implants can improve this underlying structure and better balance the facial features for a dramatically more attractive look.
This operation is often performed at the time of rhinoplasty to help balance the facial proportions. It may be combined with facelift, neck liposuction or other facial implants as well.
If a patient has significant orthodontic issues, they may be better off having orthognathic surgery where the jaw bone is actually cut and the position of the teeth and the mandible are optimized. Another surgical option for the mandible is a genioplasty procedure where a portion of the mandible is cut and repositioned. In this procedure there is no effect on dental alignment. Chin implants are ideal in a patient with a weak chin who has good dental alignment or does not want to undergo a major jaw operation.
Chin implants are made in various shapes and sizes. They are made out of both solid and semi-solid materials that have been used successfully for years. Chin implants can be placed through an incision in the mouth or an external incision. The advantage of an incision in the mouth is no visible scar. The advantage of an external incision is less risk of infection from the implant. Also, external placement allows the surgeon to remove any fat and tighten any muscle under the chin at the same time as placing the implant.
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Dr. Philip Solomon, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C) completed his medical school training at the University of Toronto and is Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Solomon runs his own Toronto practice and is on surgical staff at York Central, St Michael’s and Etobicoke General Hospitals. He is also on the teaching faculty of the University of Toronto.