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When it comes to general ideas of beauty, facial symmetry figures high on the beauty food chain. Studies have shown that symmetrical faces are more appealing and attractive to both sexes and can affect they way we feel about ourselves or the way others feel about us. Few people are born with perfectly symmetrical faces and most people can highlight or minimize their strengths and weaknesses with make-up or hairstyles. However, some asymmetries stand out more than others, making the face look off balance. This can make a person feel self-conscious or, even worse, eat away at their self-confidence.

Chins play a big role in facial symmetry. Not only do chins help to balance out a face, the size of a chin also correlates to the perception of a person’s masculinity or femininity. Men typically have larger chins and women have smaller chins. On top of all of this, the size of a chin can affect how other parts of the face look: small chins can make noses look bigger while big chins can make noses look smaller.

This all adds up to the many ways a chin can affect a person’s overall appearance. For people with chins that don’t project enough or who have overly small chins, the option of a Chin Implant can be very heartening.

About Chin Implants

Chin Implants are permanent devices attached to the chin to balance the face and profile. Chin Implants are normally made out of a hard silicone and can be custom made for an individual’s face to achieve the correct size and projection. There are several measurement “tests” you and your physician can do to determine if your face would benefit from a chin implant, as well as the correct size and shape for you. Incisions for most Chin Implants are discreetly made under the chin so that scars are not easily visible.

What is the procedure like?

All Chin Implants begin in advance with a consultation with your physician. It is at this meeting that your physician can analyze your facial features and symmetry and find out about your goals, concerns and expectations. Sometimes Chin Implants are performed in conjunction with other procedures, most notably rhinoplasty and face lifts. The procedure can be done under general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia and is normally conducted on an outpatient basis.

An incision is made (usually under the chin) and the implant is attached to the bone of the chin. Depending on the individual needs, sutures or mini-screws may be used to attach the implant. You will be able to return to work in about a week’s time or sooner. Initially your face may feel swollen and looked bruised. The swelling will peak on the third day after the surgery but will rapidly diminish after that. Sutures are typically removed about 7-10 days after the surgery and you can return to all normal activities in about three to four weeks time.

Due to the swelling it may be difficult to determine the new size of your chin immediately after the surgery. Some patients may initially feel that their chin looks too big. However, after the swelling has diminished and the chin has had the time to heal, the new size and shape is seen as well as the aesthetically pleasing overall balance to the face and profile.

Possible Risks and Complications

All elective surgeries carry some risk, but these complications are rare. Infection, prolonged bruising or swelling, and implant slippage are some of the risks associated with Chin Implants. Infection can also be a risk, especially if screws are used to attach the implant.

Ultimately, Chin Implants, by balancing out facial symmetry and profiles, offer you not only improved appearance but can greatly boost self-esteem and self-confidence. Perhaps times have changed. Maybe it’s time to not only put your best foot forward, but your best face as well.