Depending upon the recommended procedure, an incision may be made inside your mouth or under your chin. When incisions are made inside your mouth, it is important to inform Dr. Freeman if you smoke or if you have dental or gum problems. For all implant procedures, you will be instructed to take oral antibiotics before and after surgery to help protect you from infection.
Dr. Freeman may recommend chin augmentation surgery in addition to facelift surgery or rhinoplasty for his Charlotte, North Carolina patients when it is clear that a chin implant will add to facial balance and harmony. Many patients will simply have a chin implant, perhaps with some minor neck surgery to achieve optimal results.
Chin implant surgery usually takes less than an hour. During the procedure, the chin implant (which is pre-selected according to your needs) is inserted into a pocket created on the bone. The incision is well camouflaged under your chin. Your sutures will be removed 5 to 6 days later.
Swelling and bruising may be visible around the chin and neck for usually about a week to ten days. During that time, you may notice some stiffness during smiling and talking; this will resolve with time. The vast majority of patients heals quickly and returns to normal activities within a week.