Chin Augmentation Overview

People who have weak chins (either through a congenital defect or through age problems) may have been wondering to themselves about the possibilities of using chin augmentation to help make it more prominent. The good news is that with the increase of new technology for plastic surgeons this procedure is becoming more and more widely accepted.

The Options and Procedures Available

If you are looking into getting a chin augmentation, you should know there are at least three different ways of accomplishing this. The most basic is soft tissue filler that is injected directly under the skin. The second method involves putting in a chin implant to help boost the jaw and often the implant is then bolted to the jawbone to ensure stabilization. The last way is known as a genioplasty, and is a form of extensive aesthetic surgery where part of the jawbone is cut into and replaced with a metal plate and screws.

The Length of Recovery Depends on Your Method

If you choose to have the chin augmentation done through a simple injection, then your recovery time is very minimal and you should be feeling better within 24 hours or less. If you opt for the more long-lasting approach to chin surgery and get the implant or the genioplasty, your recovery time could be lengthier, as these are surgical procedures which will require more time to heal properly.

How Much Will I Have to Pay?

If you are trying to save up money so that you can afford a chin augmentation, then it is important you know how much this procedure is going to cost you. While individual prices vary, the average cost most plastic surgeons charge for a surgical chin augmentation is around $2,000. This does not typically include the cost of anesthetic or the surgical facilities. It is possible in many circumstances to seek financing for your plastic surgery through a private corporation or bank. However, most insurance does not cover this procedure unless it is a congenital defect.

Should I Worry?

Just as with every surgical procedure, chin augmentation has the risk of infection. It also carries with it the possibility that the implant may slip or move, even if anchored. Typically, of the two surgeries genioplasty is considered by many to have less risk of problems.

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