For some men and women, a weak or under-projected chin can throw off the balance between the facial aesthetics, often causing self-consciousness and poor self-esteem. For people who need more volume and balance in this area, a chin implant is a great way to improve the overall appearance of the face and boost self-confidence. Changes in the size and shape of the chin can often balance out the facial features and draw attention to the eyes. Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, NY, performs customized chin implant procedures to help patients gain their ideal aesthetic. After a quick and easy recovery, patients look and feel better than ever.
A Chin Implant Procedure with Dr. Steinbrech
A chin implant with Dr. Steinbrech is an outpatient procedure. Typically, only local anesthesia is needed for this relatively simple surgery or the patient may have twilight sleep. The following steps are used to perform the procedure:
- A tiny incision is made under the chin. The incision is perfectly placed so very little blood is lost. This decreases post-operative swelling, bruising, and pain.
- If necessary, excess fat will be suctioned out prior to the implant placement. Liposuction contours the jawline and tightens the skin.
- Implant trials. Trial chin implants are placed on the chin. Small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes are available. The perfect size is selected based on the patient’s facial features and desired look.
- Implant placement. A permanent sterile implant is placed on the chin. Dissolvable sutures are used to secure the implant.
- Skin closure. Sutures are used to close the incision. Sutures are hardly noticeable and are taken out 1-2-weeks after the procedure.
The procedure is performed in 45-60-minutes. The patient is brought to the post-operative recovery time after the procedure. The patient returns home after they are completely alert and feeling well enough. Typically, it is best if a family member or friend is responsible for driving the patient home.
If possible, a family member or friend should stay with the patient for 24 hours after the procedure. Postoperative swelling, bruising, and pain are minimal. Ice and an over-the-counter pain medication quickly decrease symptoms, if they present. Total recovery time is very short. In 7-10-days, patients see Dr. Steinbrech for their first postoperative appointment. Stitches are taken out at this time. Patients are usually cleared to return to work and normal activities after the appointment.
Results are apparent immediately after the procedure. Chin size and shape are improved. Facial symmetry and harmony are enhanced. Results look very natural. Family members and friends notice that something has changed, but they may not know exactly what. Patients typically feel better about their appearance right away. A boost in self-confidence and self-esteem quickly occurs, even as post-operative swelling may be present in the first few weeks. Results last a lifetime.
Men and women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their chins may be good candidates for a chin implant procedure. Generally, the procedure is reserved for patients who have no medical conditions that could possibly affect results. Patients who smoke are encouraged to stop doing so before and after their procedure, so they may see maximum results and reduce the risk for complications. The definitive way to determine candidacy is to attend a chin implant initial consultation with Dr. Steinbrech.
A Chin Implant Initial Consultation with Dr. Steinbrech
A chin implant consultation is centered around you and your needs. One of Dr. Steinbrech’s friendly staff members will welcome you and escort into a private room. Dr. Steinbrech will introduce himself and invite you to share your concerns and aesthetic goals. He will obtain a complete medical history, perform a physical examination, and hold a question and answer session. Pictures will be taken for comparison purposes. During the appointment, a customized chin implant procedure will be created to help you achieve the perfect new look. If you decide that a chin implant is the right choice for you, your procedure will be scheduled for a date and time that are most convenient for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can easily maximize your results if you follow all of Dr. Steinbrech’s post-procedure instructions, use sunscreen and a good facial moisturizer, eat healthy foods, and regularly exercise.
A chin implant and a mandibular implant are not the same things. A mandibular implant is placed over the entire mandible or lower jaw bone. A chin implant is only placed over the chin.
Dr. Steinbrech sometimes combines a chin implant with other procedures. The most common combination procedure with a chin implant is rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping. The nose and chin both have an enormous influence over the appearance of the face, and a combination procedure can create the most balanced look. Other surgeries are also sometimes combined with chin implant surgery, however. If a combination procedure is something you are interested in, you will be able to discuss all of your options with Dr. Steinbrech during your initial consultation.
ARE THERE PROCEDURE RISKS?
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. At your initial consultation, Dr. Steinbrech will explain all procedure risks and the measures he takes to minimize them. Procedure risks for chin implants are so minimal that they rarely if ever factor into a patient’s decision to have the procedure.
ARE ALL CHIN IMPLANTS THE SAME?
No chin implant is the same. Chin implants come in small, medium, large, and x-large sizes. Once your implant size is determined, Dr. Steinbrech will customize your implant to provide you with the perfect new chin.
WILL I HAVE A NOTICEABLE SCAR AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
Your incision will be strategically placed under your chin within natural skin folds and creases. A noticeable scar will not form. No one will be able to tell you have had a procedure.
CAN MEN HAVE THE PROCEDURE?
Men undergo the procedure all the time. Men who have a weak chin or a soft jawline typically appear more masculine and handsome after a procedure. Dr. Steinbrech has been called “the go-to surgeon for men” by Forbes.
CAN A DOUBLE CHIN BE TREATED WITH A CHIN IMPLANT PROCEDURE?
A double chin caused by a weak chin may be treated with a chin implant procedure. A double chin caused by excess skin and fat usually requires other treatment options, like Kybella or a facelift.
CAN I BRING PICTURES TO MY INITIAL CONSULTATION?
Dr. Steinbrech encourages you to bring pictures to your consultation. You may bring pictures of yourself from various angles and pictures of people who have a chin you admire. Pictures are an important part of helping you receive the results you want.
CAN I SEE BEFORE-AND-AFTER PICTURES?
Absolutely! Dr. Steinbrech will show you before-and-after photos of patients with similar goals and features. He will explain in detail how your customized results will be similar and different. You will go into your procedure knowing exactly what to expect.
IS DR. STEINBRECH BOARD-CERTIFIED?
Dr. Steinbrech is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. He has been selected as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council of America and has been ranked as the number one plastic surgeon in New York.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A CHIN IMPLANT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Scheduling and attending an initial chin implant consultation is the definitive way to find out if the procedure is right for you. If others procedures can provide you with better results, Dr. Steinbrech will explain all of your options. He will help you achieve the perfect look.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY INITIAL CONSULTATION?
You should bring reference pictures and a list of medications and herbal supplements you are currently taking to your initial consultation. You should also write down any questions you may have prior to the consultation so you don’t forget to ask them.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY INITIAL CONSULTATION?
When you are ready to schedule your initial chin implant consultation, you may contact Dr. Steinbrech’s office in New York, NY at 347-983-9560.