Chin Surgery Mobile, AL
Most people agree that an appealing chin is prominent, yet proportional. With chin surgery, Dr. Proffitt can enhance the shape and proportion of your chin – through augmentation with a facial implant or reduction of the chin bone.
It’s common for chin surgery to be combined with rhinoplasty, in order to achieve optimal facial proportion. Chin implants are made of a rubbery silicone and come in several shapes and sizes. Some even have a built in dimple for the chin, or a square shape to give a masculine appearance. Some can even fill in the marionette lines and smooth out jowls. The shapes and sizes can help fit your anatomy and desires.
Who’s the Right Candidate for Chin Surgery?
The best candidates for chin surgery are people who have smallness of the chin, caused by small bone structure. Other cases involve the opposite problem, an overly large bone structure. In either case, the chin is out of proportion with the rest of the face. This can make other facial features, such as the nose, appear larger.
Your Chin Surgery Consultation in Mobile
During a consultation with Dr. Proffitt, you can explore the various options in chin surgery. The doctor can answer your questions and discuss the risks, benefits and expected outcome of chin surgery. You’ll also have the opportunity to view a large collection of plastic surgery before and after photos, to get an idea of the typical outcome.
How Chin Surgery Works
A chin surgery procedure will last one to three hours in an outpatient setting. General anesthesia is common, but local anesthesia with sedation may be an option.
To insert a chin implant, Dr. Proffitt will place a surgical incision inside the mouth or beneath the chin. He will then create space for the chin implant by gently stretching the tissue. The implant is secured in front of the jawbone, and the sutures are then used to close the incision.
In more severe cases of chin smallness, a technique called sliding genioplasty may be performed. Dr. Proffitt would make an incision in the mouth or below the lip. Using a special saw, he carefully cuts the chin bone, before advancing the bone and fixating it in a new position. Fixation devices are put in place and sutures are used to close the incision.
Chin reduction is similar, and involves an incision inside the mouth or under the chin. The doctor then reshapes the chin bone to create a more proportional size or shape.
After Chin Surgery
After chin surgery, you will need to eat a soft diet. Please follow instructions from Dr. Proffitt for his recommendations. Remember to practice good oral hygiene during recovery and take antibiotics as prescribed. Sutures are usually removed about one week after chin surgery.
If you’re ready to discuss chin surgery in Mobile Alabama with a board certified plastic surgeon, please contact the office of Dr. Randy Proffitt. You can reach our staff at 251-344-0322 or by using our online email contact form. Our plastic surgery office is located at 6317 Piccadilly Square, Mobile, AL 36609.