Chin augmentation

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland

Chin enhancement, also known as mentoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the chin and jawline. At Waterfront Private Hospital, we offer non-surgical options (fillers) and surgical insertion of silicone chin implants to cater to diverse patient needs. This procedure is popular for balancing facial features and improving the facial profile.

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Chin implants Edinburgh

    Local or General
    1 hour
    Day case/ Outpatient
    Few days off work, 6 weeks before strenuous exercise

What the procedure involves

Non-Surgical Chin Enhancement

  • Injectable Fillers: We use premium dermal fillers for non-surgical chin enhancement. The process involves injecting fillers into strategic areas to add volume and contour to the chin. This outpatient procedure is quick, with minimal downtime.

Surgical Chin Augmentation with Silicone Implants

  • Preparation: The area is prepared and sterilised; anaesthesia is administered for comfort.
  • Implant Insertion: A small incision is made inside the mouth. A pre-shaped, biocompatible silicone implant is carefully inserted and positioned along the chin bone.
  • Closure: The incision is closed with dissolvable sutures, completing the procedure.

Advanced technology and techniques ensure precision and patient safety throughout these procedures.

Benefits and expected outcomes

Non-Surgical Options:

  • Immediate Results: Dermal fillers provide immediate enhancements.
  • Minimal Downtime: Patients can return to daily activities almost immediately.
  • Reversible and Adjustable: Non-surgical options are reversible, and adjustments can be made to achieve desired results.
  • No Scars: Since there are no incisions, there is no risk of scarring.

Surgical Options:

  • Permanent Enhancement: Silicone implants offer a long-lasting solution.
  • Stronger Definition: Implants can provide a more pronounced and contoured chin, enhancing the jawline.
  • Customisable Implants: Implants are selected and customised to fit the patient’s facial structure, ensuring a natural look.
  • Enhanced Facial Harmony: By altering the chin’s projection, the entire facial balance can be improved, often enhancing the patient’s profile and overall appearance.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Ideal candidates are individuals who:

  • Are in good overall health.
  • Have a weak, recessed chin and wish to improve facial harmony.
  • Prefer non-surgical options for subtle enhancement or are comfortable with surgery for more permanent results.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcomes.

Risks and Considerations

Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation Risks:

  • Allergic Reactions: Rare but possible reactions to the dermal fillers.
  • Bruising and Swelling: Common after the procedure, usually subsiding within a few days.
  • Asymmetry: There is a slight risk of uneven filler distribution.
  • Infection: Although rare, proper aftercare is crucial to prevent infection at the injection site.

Surgical Chin Augmentation Risks:

  • Infection: Despite sterile techniques, there is a small risk of infection, more common in surgical procedures.
  • Nerve Damage: There’s a small risk of temporary or permanent nerve damage, which can affect sensation in the chin area.
  • Implant Displacement: On rare occasions, the implant might shift, requiring a follow-up procedure for adjustment.

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Aftercare and recovery

  • Non-Surgical Options: Patients can resume normal activities almost immediately, with minor precautions against strenuous activities for a few days.
  • Surgical Options: Recovery may take 1-2 weeks, with guidelines on oral hygiene and dietary restrictions provided for optimal healing.
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Frequently asked questions

What is Chin Enhancement?

Chin enhancement, also known as mentoplasty, involves procedures to add volume to the chin (non-surgical options like dermal fillers) or reshape it (surgical options like silicone chin implants).

What are Non-Surgical Chin Enhancement Options?

Non-surgical chin enhancement typically involves the use of injectable dermal fillers. These fillers add volume and can modify the shape of your chin without the need for surgery.

What Does Surgical Chin Augmentation Involve?

Surgical chin enhancement involves the insertion of a biocompatible silicone implant into the chin to enhance its size and shape. This is a more permanent solution compared to non-surgical methods.

How Long Do Non-Surgical Enhancements Last?

The effects of non-surgical enhancements with dermal fillers typically last between 6 to 18 months, depending on the type of filler used and the individual’s response to the treatment.

Are Chin Implants Permanent?

Yes, chin implants are designed to be a permanent solution for chin enhancement. However, they can be removed or replaced if necessary.

How Do I Know If I’m a Candidate for Chin Enhancement?

Ideal candidates for chin enhancement are those looking for improvement in the size or shape of their chin, have realistic expectations, and are in good overall health. The specific type of enhancement suitable for you can be determined during a consultation with a specialist.

What Are the Risks Associated with Chin Implants?

Non-surgical options may include swelling, bruising, and asymmetry, while surgical options can include risks such as infection, implant displacement, and scarring.

Will There Be Scarring from Chin Implant Surgery?

Any scarring from chin implant surgery is typically minimal and strategically placed to be less noticeable, such as under the chin or inside the mouth.

Can Chin Enhancement Change My Facial Profile?

Yes, both non-surgical and surgical chin enhancements can significantly change your facial profile by improving the proportion and balance of your facial features.

Is the Chin Enhancement Procedure Painful?

Discomfort is typically minimal for non-surgical enhancements. For surgical options, anaesthesia is used during the procedure to ensure comfort and pain management is provided for recovery.

How Long is the Recovery Period After Chin Implant Surgery?

Recovery time varies but usually involves a downtime of about 1-2 weeks. Your surgeon will provide specific recovery guidelines.

Can I Combine Chin Enhancement with Other Facial Procedures?

Yes, chin enhancement can be combined with other procedures, such as rhinoplasty or facelifts, for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

How Much Does Chin Enhancement Cost?

The cost varies depending on the type of procedure and the extent of enhancement required. A detailed quote will be provided during your consultation.

Our chin enhancement specialists

Excellent care

Everyone I met at Waterfront Private Hospital was friendly, helpful and thorough, and went the extra mile, including the whole medical and admin teams which were fantastic.
Mr Will Anderson carried out my surgery with great care and professionalism and listened carefully to, and addressed, all of my concerns. Thank you!
I’ve also had excellent communication with Debbie and Janey in emails and phone calls, sometimes over weekends/on days off.
The standard of care has been superb and I would return without hesitation.
My thanks to the whole team.

Dec 2023

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