In the years that I have been performing reconstructive and cosmetic facial plastic surgery, I have seen things change a great deal, but one thing that has remained constant is that every face is unique. There is no such thing as a “typical treatment” because every patient has individual needs and concerns that require a personalized approach to facial rejuvenation. Some come in looking for generalized improvement, with only a vague idea about how they want that accomplished, while others are interested only in addressing a single, highly specific area of concern. One such area is the chin. Whether it is too large, too small, or made irregular by accidental trauma, the size and shape of the chin can have drastic effects on the face as a whole. Improving the appearance of this feature can be done in several different ways.
Patients who seek to change the look of their chin most frequently do so because they feel it looks too small. A firm and pronounced chin can make a face look strong and decisive, while simultaneously making the neck look more slender and fit. While it is possible to make the chin appear larger using an artificial implant, I have found that the results are usually more seamless and natural-looking when osseous genioplasty, or chin augmentation surgery, is performed instead. In this procedure a portion of the chin is moved slightly forwards, increasing the projection and giving it a more clearly defined appearance. The use of bone, tissue, and fat from the patient’s own body not only achieves an improved aesthetic result, but is also has a much lower risk of causing allergic reaction, surgical rejection, or post-operative infection.
However, it has also been my experience that many of those who are unhappy with the appearance of their chin area do not actually need chin surgery at all. When the tissues and skin of the face lose their natural firmness and elasticity, usually due to simple aging, they tend to slide downward, producing sagging jowls or a double chin. These symptoms are usually more effectively addressed with neck liposuction, to remove the hard to eliminate fat deposits, or a surgical neck lift procedure to tighten the underlying muscles and remove excess, sagging skin. During a consultation we can discuss your individual needs and examine simulated before and after pictures in order to determine the specific approach that will give you the best possible plastic surgery results.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the non-surgical facial rejuvenation or cosmetic plastic surgery procedures I perform, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, so that we can schedule a full consultation. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.