How is a chin augmentation performed?
Dr. Bustillo performs the mentoplasty procedure through a small incision in the chin crease. Through this incision, an anatomical implant is placed. The anatomic implants are tapered and blend with the jaw, to give a natural contour. The incision heals very well and will not be perceptible once it heals. Dr. Bustillo does not place the implant through the mouth because the implants that can be place through this incision are not anatomic implants. These non-anatomical implants that are placed though the mouth are very small and do not taper, meaning they do not blend with the jaw and can give an unnatural appearance.
What are the chin implants made of?
The anatomical chin implants that Dr. Bustillo uses are made of solid silicone. Solid silicone implants have been used in the medical field for over 100 years and have an excellent safety profile.
What are the possible complications with chin augmentation?
The possible complications that can occur with chin augmentation are: infection, malposition (placed wrong), and decreased sensation of the lower lip. Infections are very rare. If an infection occurs, the patient is treated with antibiotics. If the infection persists, the implant is removed and replaced six weeks later. Malposition is rare and is treated by repositioning the implant. The loss of sensation that can occur is temporary and usually resolves in 4 weeks.
What anesthesia is used for a chin augmentation?
The chin augmentation procedure can be performed under local anesthesia when done as a stand-alone procedure or when combined with submental liposuction. If it is combined with a rhinoplasty or a facelift, it is usually done under general anesthesia.
How much does a chin augmentation cost?
A chin augmentation (Mentoplasty) with Dr. Bustillo costs $3,850.00.
What is the recovery like after a chin augmentation?
Most patients are able to return to work 5 days after a chin augmentation. Typically, there is mild swelling and minimal to no bruising. The patient returns home the same day of the surgery. The patient returns to the office at five days after the procedure to have the small stitches removed from under the chin. Patients can usually return to school or work that day and can resume exercise three weeks after the procedure.
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