Chin augmentation is a procedure that defines or increases the chin and enhances the profile of the face. The procedure can be done with implants, derma fillers, or fat grafting, though implants are the most common choice.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 18,136 chin augmentation procedures done in the United States in 2014.
Why Choose Chin Augmentation
Individuals may choose to have chin augmentation procedure if they want to
- Enhance the profile of the face
- Augment a weak chin
- Improve jawline
- Correct facial contours after birth defects or injury
Plastic surgeons often recommend chin augmentation procedures to patients looking at rhinoplasty, or nose procedures, because chin procedures will change the shape of the face.
Understanding Chin Augmentation Procedures
Patients may also choose to have derma fillers or fat grafting used for the procedures. Derma fillers are not permanent, and are often chosen by patients unsure if they want permanent augmentation, or to test out the results.
If patients decide to use inserts, they can choose between silicone, Teflon, Dacron, or other biological inserts. On the day of surgery patients will be given anesthesia and sedation. The doctor will make an incision on the lower side of the face or inside the lower lip and insert an implant. The doctor may screw the implant to the jawbone to keep it in place, though this practice is now rare and can cause further complications.
Fat grafting procedures use fat from other parts of the body—usually the things, hips, and lower back— and redistributes it via injections into the chin. These procedures are less invasive than implants and pose less risk, but may require additional procedures. The body can reabsorb between 30% and 60% of the fat injected. Though doctors initially inject more fat than necessary to make up for reabsorption, patients may need to return for additional fat grafting procedures.
The average cost for chin augmentation procedures $2,085. Since it is an elective cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies will not cover the costs of the procedure.
Risks of Chin Augmentation
- Excessive bleeding
- Implant slippage
- Anesthesia complications
- Damage teeth
- Blood clots
- Dissatisfaction with results
Doctors should discuss all possible complications with patients before surgery.
Malpractice in Chin Augmentation
If you or a loved one has suffered from negligence during a cosmetic procedure, call our offices today for a free consultation.
The most successful malpractice cases will involve serious or permanent injury. Most law firms, ours included, will not take on cases of minor, temporary injury because the small compensation awards in these cases cannot make up for the time and effort of a malpractice case.