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GENIOPLASTY

Chin implant and augmentation in Tampa, FL

Improve your facial profile just by strengthening your jawline.

For both men and women, a strong chin can help create facial harmony by beautifully balancing other features. Genioplasty, more commonly known as a “chin augmentation” or “chin implant” is the surgical procedure used to improve your profile.

Chin implants should be customized to every patient, which is why it’s so important to work with an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Farrior. Request your pre-surgical consultation today.

Chin implant quick facts

Considering chin plastic surgery? With over 25 years of experience and dual board certification Dr. Farrior is Tampa Bay’s leading facial plastic surgeon.

Along with his knowledgeable staff, Dr. Farrior is able to provide the highest quality of care to enhance his patients’ confidence. If you have questions about what results you can expect from this procedure or the cost of chin implant surgery, browse our gallery or call us to schedule a consultation. If you’d simply like to do a bit more research on chin implants before you take the next step, the following quick facts are a great place to start.

  • Chin surgery, also known as genioplasty, can be done to move a recessed chin forward, balance an asymmetrical chin, or reduce a large chin.
  • Without any other additional procedures, this type of chin augmentation only takes around 1 hour to complete.
  • Because the only incision is underneath the chin or in the mouth, this procedure does not leave behind any noticeable scarring.
  • Our durable implants are designed to last for life. Unless you experience some type of trauma that damages the implant, it should never need to be replaced.
  • The implant itself is compressed Teflon, a material that is natural-looking and well-tolerated by the human body. Each Teflon implant is custom-made to perfectly fit our patients.
  • The procedure can be performed with local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on the needs of the patient.
  • The recovery time is short compared to other cosmetic procedures. Many patients are able to return to work after just 24 hours. Results will appear close to final after just one month, and complete recovery is expected within three months.

Preparing for chin plastic surgery

Before any surgery, there will be certain steps you’ll need to take to prepare.

During your consultation, Dr Farrior will create an individualized treatment plan that takes your medical and surgical history into account and give you detailed instructions for your surgery day. Before then, the following general guidelines should give you a better idea of what to expect.

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery. Plan this around the fact that a typical chin augmentation takes around 1 hour. If you plan on having additional work done, communicate this with the person driving you well in advance.

You may be asked to stop or adjust certain medications prior to surgery. Dr. Farrior will tell you specifically which medications and supplements to avoid.

Stop smoking tobacco products at least 6 weeks in advance. Tobacco inhibits the body’s natural ability to heal.

It’s always a good idea to bring the spouse, family member, or friend who will support you after surgery to your consultation. This way, they will be better equipped to help you through the recovery process.

Is chin augmentation for you?

Chin implants are popular with both men and women.

Men can benefit from the stronger, more masculine jawline an implant provides, while women are often after the perfect profile. The procedure provides a long-lasting solution to an asymmetrical or weak chin because unlike other chin augmentation methods, such as the use of fillers or fat grafting, implants do not need to be touched up.

This makes the procedure ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to have to worry about putting extra time and money into maintaining their reshaped chin. When performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty, this procedure is referred to as a “profile plasty”. Both enhancements can be done at once, and is greatly advantageous because they accentuate each other.

Chin implants add height to the jaw area, as well as projection. Chin augmentation also increases the length of the jawline, enhancing your facial angles. For these reasons, the procedure can also be performed to enhance the results from a facelift or cervical liposuction.

It all starts with your chin implant consultation

A stronger, more defined chin starts with your consultation.

Dr. Farrior and his staff will take the time to get to know you and understand your needs. Our advanced digital imaging techniques will give you an idea of the results you can expect from chin plastic surgery.

We believe in being open and honest with our patients and giving them the information they need to make informed decisions about cosmetic procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Farrior will make sure you are educated on every aspect of your chin implant, from the risks involved to what you can expect on the actual day of surgery. The chin implant consultation is complementary.

Chin implants vs fillers

If you are unhappy with a recessed or weak chin, your board certified Tampa Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Farrior will go over several options with you.

Chin plastic surgery can be split into two categories – implants and fillers. An implant is made from silicone or porous polyethylene and is placed around the chin bone through a small incision. Fillers like Teflon (Gore-Tex) are injected into the chin and are temporary.

During your consultation, Dr. Farrior will go over all of your chin augmentation options with you to help you make an informed decision about what treatment is best for you. The following are some of the key differences between chin implants and fillers.

  • Chin implants have longer recovery times than fillers.
  • Chin implants are almost always a one-time procedure with life-long results. Fillers must be reinjected multiple times to obtain the desired results.
  • A chin implant has a higher upfront cost than a filler.
  • While the side effects of implants and fillers can be similar (swelling, bruising, numbness, etc), the side effects of injectable fillers are milder and go away faster.

Because injectable fillers are less permanent, have shorter recovery times, and cost less, many patients choose to try fillers first and before committing to an implant. What works for one person may not work for you, which is why it’s important to meet with Dr. Farrior face to face so that he can determine the appropriate approach for you.

Understanding the chin implant procedure

To perform chin augmentation, a small incision is made in the crease beneath the chin. It can also be performed from an incision inside the mouth.

Each of these approaches has pros and cons, which will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Farrior. As for the implant itself, Dr. Farrior prefers to use ones made from compressed Teflon (also known as Gore-Tex). This material is extremely well tolerated, natural in its texture and incorporated by the adjacent tissue making it a very stable implant. Each chin implant is custom designed for the patient to meet their individual needs.

Customized implants to suit every face

Like most cosmetic surgery procedures, there are no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to chin implants.

Every face is different, which is why implants come in so many shapes and sizes. The material used can vary as well – they can be made from either silicone or Gore-Tex, the generic name for expanded-polytetrafluoroethylene (e-PTFE). While Dr. Farrior prefers to use Gore-Tex for his patients, either material is safe. Another benefit of solid implants over injectable chin implants is how easy they are to personalize.

For instance, if a patient’s facial features are asymmetrical and require more augmentation on either the left or the right, the implant can be shaped to balance that out. Do note that Gore-Tex implants are not as easily reversible as silicone. During your consultation, Dr. Farrior will go over the pros and cons of both options and work with you to create a perfect, long-lasting fit that you are happy with.

Recovering from your chin surgery

When a chin implant is performed in isolation, it is usually done with sedation and local anesthesia.

If it is done in conjunction with a rhinoplasty, facelift, liposuction or other surgical procedure, general anesthesia is recommended.

There is a dressing in place on the chin for four-five days after surgery. This helps to reduce swelling and stabilize the chin implant. Your chin will appear swollen for 10-21 days and may remain tender for up to three months. There are no sutures that need to be removed, and you can return to work as early as 24 hours after surgery.

Dr. Farrior is so much more than a doctor – he’s an artist. Dr. Farrior has the right medical knowledge and the artistic vision needed to create harmony among his patients’ facial features. He truly listens to his patients and is always open to their concerns.

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