To strengthen the jaw line and/or bring the chin or cheekbones into balance with the rest of the face, chin implants may be used. They are manufactured in a range of sizes or as a ‘block’ that can be sculpted and are made from materials including solid silicone and Medpore. Some implants are designed for just the chin area. Others are more extensive and can be used to increase the jaw line as well.
After selecting the correct size and shape of implant, your surgeon will make a small incision inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or in the skin just under the chin area. This creates a pocket for the implant. The implant is then inserted into the pocket over the front of the jawbone. A small fixing device may be used to secure the implant, which will not be visible through the skin. Stitches are put in place and removed after five to seven days.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic. You may be required to stay overnight in hospital.
Recovery time varies but it is advisable to refrain from strenuous activity for the first four to six weeks.