Featured Image Caption: Chin Implant vs Genioplasty
The jawline is the lower part of the jaw, which forms the outline of the lower border of the face. This facial feature has increasingly become a key point in describing a person’s appearance. Different adjectives describe jawlines, but the common ones are “strong” and “weak.”
In a plain sense, a strong jaw is well-aligned, while a recessed jaw gives a weak jawline. Therefore, society perceives people with strong jawlines as apparently more confident and physically attractive, while the reverse is true for persons with weak jawlines. Since the world seems to treat each jawline category differently, people who feel they have weak jawlines or want “stronger” jawlines seek expert intervention to boost their profile.
Logically, the next question is how these experts work their magic. How do they intervene in this social emergency? The answer is simple – reshape the jawline. You can choose to reshape your jawline with genioplasty, which involves using an implant to augment the chin, or chin surgery which can restore the anatomical balance of your face profile.
As a result, this article answers your questions about how surgical or non-surgical methods help patients augment a weak jawline and give it a strong and attractive appearance.
How to Develop a Firm Jawline
Do you think you have a weak jawline? If yes, what kind of intervention will be suitable for you? Non-surgical or surgical methods can help you achieve the ultimate jawline. The decision depends on you.
Non-surgical methods tend to be used when minimal changes are required to augment the jawline, i.e. in people with little fat obscuring the jawline or minimal loose skin around the jawline. In contrast, when a person needs more extensive changes due to more significant amounts of fat or loose skin around the jawline, there is a tendency to go for more invasive surgical methods.
You should note that surgical methods have the advantage of being more long-term, unlike non-surgical procedures, which have short-term effects and thus require frequent or repeated treatments.
- Jaw Exercises: These include chin lifts and tongue twisters, in addition to lifestyle modifications such as getting good haircuts, face massages, staying hydrated, chewing gum, putting less salt in your diet, smiling, and getting adequate sleep. These exercises may contribute to a healthier and firmer-looking jawline.
- Dermal Fillers: These are injected directly into the jawline to enhance the bony angles (mandible), with instant results lasting 12-16 months before needing retreatment. Best used when the jawline needs a minor bony restructuring at the angles.
- Neurotoxin Use: Botulinum toxin placed directly on the masseter muscles of the face help to slim/chisel the overall facial shape, funneling it into a V-like form by thinning out the muscle. The results often last for three to four months.
- Fat Melting Agents: Deoxycholic acid directly melts fat and are recommended for on-label use only. Results are “permanent” provided the individual does not significantly gain more weight.
- Liposuction: Liposuction of the neck and jawline to remove excess fat may be combined with a neck lift for a longer-lasting result.
- Neck Lift: This is a surgical procedure to lift neck skin to assess anatomical structures in the neck and align them to create the required jawline.
- Radiofrequency: Radiofrequency is used in addition to liposuction or neck lift to tighten the skin in the neck area to allow a finer jawline finish.
- Genioplasty: This involves jawline implants made of silicone or other biocompatible material.
How Chin Implants Can Balance Your Facial Profile
Doctors prefer implant surgery in people with underlying poor jaw anatomy (e.g. recessed chin) and in which liposuction or neck lifts may not be adequate. Chin implants augment the facial profile and do not necessarily target the chin.
Instead, they harmonize the whole chin structure for a better profile by sculpturing an implant around it. Notably, this augmentation may occur anteriorly, laterally, vertically, or any combination of the previous three with a broad collection of available implant styles and sizes.
Genioplasty for a Strong Jawline
The decision for a genioplasty (chin augmentation/chin implants) requires the patient’s informed consent. After reviewing patient expectations, the surgeon listens to and examines the facial profile, decides that a genioplasty is the best option, then explains all implications to the patient, who finally agrees to the elective procedure.
Chin implant surgeries do not take much time, usually less than an hour but may cost as high as $8000, typically not covered by insurance. It is also necessary for the patient to be regular with checkups to deal with post-op complications such as infection, bleeding, abnormal sensations, wrong position, or malalignment of the implant.
These complications are rare but can be managed well if identified early with strong-looking chins as the acceptable overall outcome of surgery.
How to Conduct Chin Augmentation
After you and your surgeon have decided to have a chin implant, you must make other decisions, such as booking the operation day, deciding on the type of anesthesia to be used, and the long-term post-op plan. Additionally, it is advisable to fix the surgery for a day that suits both surgeon and patient.
You may also need to deposit money to secure this date, depending on the surgeon or policy of the facility. The patient may also require specific preparations up to the operation day, including discontinuing smoking, stopping medications that contain aspirin, and avoiding excess exposure to sunlight.
Chin implants are done on an outpatient basis, with either local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia to be decided and agreed on before the surgery day. The procedure is relatively straightforward – the surgeon makes an incision below the jaw to hide the potential scar, and the implant goes in the appropriate position. This procedure usually lasts less than an hour but may be prolonged if a neck lift or liposuction is required.
Recovery after the procedure is rapid; its effect is seen almost instantaneously, with patients returning to their daily lives within three to five days of the procedure. Post-op instructions to reduce complications may include using a cold compress, avoiding strenuous physical activity or contact sports, and dietary advice to improve wound healing. Doctors will provide analgesics for mild pain.
Should I Get a Chin Implant?
Getting an implanted chin to improve your facial profile with a strong jawline due to its apparent advantage in daily activities is personal. However, advances in implant surgery have allowed implants to suit your needs, allowing maximal post-op satisfaction with minimal complications.
By Erin Gregory
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