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 Chin Implant Surgery


Chin Implant Surgery - Introduction

Chin implant surgery or aesthetic chin surgery is both a cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgery procedure to augment the chin using implants is meant to provide better balance to the face. It is usually done at the time of nose surgery or rhinoplasty. Aesthetic chin surgery uses implants of various shapes and sizes made out of solid and/or semi solid materials. It can give dramatic results in overall face enhancement.

The Need for Chin Implant Surgery

Chin implants help to reshape a patient’s face dramatically. Its role in facial reconstruction cosmetic surgery is vital, though for aesthetic purposes chin implants are mainly performed to create a more symmetrical face or aid in lessening an uncorrected orthodontic under bite. The technology to help a patient varies widely, depending on the case, from the materials used to the results chin implants can produce. Fairly pain free and complication free, chin implants help a patient to feel better about their appearance. To gain facial symmetry and to overcome the problems related to the structure of the face, chin implants plastic surgeries have been performed extensively.

Chin implants can have wonderful effects on a patient’s self esteem, but will not produce perfect results as each patient is different. Chin implants are most often used to bring a face into balance, so the procedure will not correct the entire face and make a patient perfect, but it will help to even out disproportional features. Discussion with the surgeon as to the realistic outcome of chin implants is an important part of the process. Improvement should be the goal, not perfection.

Suitable Candidates For Chin Implant Surgery

Candidates with good health condition having realistic expectations are the best ones for chin implant surgery. Before cosmetic chin surgery, the surgeon needs to be informed about the candidate’s medical conditions. Patients who smoke may be advised to quit prior to the chin implants as healing may be delayed due to the smoking habit. If the patient has a history of dental problems, that may also factor into their candidacy for chin implants.

Chin Implant Surgery - Risks

Like cheek implants, chin implants do carry some risks, although rare. So it is better to for the patients receiving chin implants to consult the surgeon thoroughly. Chin implants carry the possibility of the shifting of the implant. If this occurs, a second operation may be necessary to adjust the chin implants position. Infection is always a concern with a surgical procedure and may occur with chin implants. Antibiotics can control infection should it happen. Certain chin implants may cause other risks and will need to be discussed with a surgeon. Some of the chin implants are made of silicone, and some patients may have a reaction to it, although there isn’t much scientific evidence that supports this claim.

Chin Implant Surgery - Procedure

Chin implant surgery needs similar surgical conditions that are required for cheek implants surgery. The implant can be done in a surgical office, surgical center, or in a hospital, depending on the patient’s case. In some cases, the patient may need to stay overnight at a hospital for observation depending on the outcome of the chin implant procedure. Anesthesia for chin implants also depends on the case. Sometimes a local anesthetic can be given along with sedation—the patient will be awake but relaxed, and will not experience pain. In some cases, the patient and surgeon may opt for general anesthesia. Anesthesia alone can carry its own risks and should be discussed with the surgeon prior to the chin implant surgery.

Most often, an incision is made inside the lower lip, or under the chin. An implant of the desired size and shape is then placed inside the chin. If the incision is inside the mouth, it is closed with sutures (stitches) that later dissolve. If the incision is under the chin, removable sutures are used. At the end of the surgery, the chin is often taped to minimize swelling. The procedure generally takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Chin Implant Surgery – After effects And Care

Swelling and bruising are the usual after effects of aesthetic chin surgery. But this will be helped by an application of tape or other material. This tape is removed about a week after the surgery is performed. Pain and discomfort combined with speaking and facial expression may last for several days following the procedure. Oral analgesics are prescribed to overcome these discomforts. The patient’s physician will advise the patient on how to care for the area in terms of brushing the teeth, eating, and activity restriction. And his/her recommendations should be followed precisely to avoid any complications following the chin implants.

Although most patients recover quickly from chin implants, it is advisable that they protect the area from contact for several weeks following the surgery. And results may not fully appear for months following the surgery. It is best if the patient gives their surgery time to heal before making any judgment as to the outcome.

Ear Reconstruction Surgery – Suitable Candidates

The best candidates for ear reconstruction include those patients whose ears are done growing - over six years of age. Also, the condition of the surrounding skin is a factor in predicting the best outcome for the patient. The more pliable the skin is, the more able is will be to be stretched over the reconstructed part and the less visible it will be. Patients whose skin is damaged - by smoking, radiation, etc., may not be able to heal as quickly as other patients. Children below six years of age are the best candidates because they have more rib cartilage from which to draw material to reconstruct with.

Ear Reconstruction – Procedure

Prior to the ear reconstruction procedure, the patient will need to have a CT scan done in order to determine the extent of the damage. A proper medical evaluation will also be done in order to determine the patient’s ability to heal and endure the ear reconstruction procedure. In some cases, a biopsy may be done to rule out a malignant growth, but this is very rare. Extraneous hair will also need to be removed either via electrolysis or by having the hair follicles clipped.

In most ear reconstruction procedures, rib grafting is needed in order to obtain a sufficient amount of cartilage to reconstruct the ear. In first stage of the ear reconstruction, this material is obtained from the eighth rib. The eight rib is in a particular place is which it connects with other ribs. This formation lets a physician take cartilage from the area by means of a small incision through the fatty layer of skin. The cartilage is taken and then the area is sutured back together with a drain in place.

In the next stage of the ear reconstruction, the surgeon will begin to place the cartilage in the structure of the ear in order to create a smoother appearance. This stage of the ear reconstruction can be six months after the initial harvest of the cartilage. The next stage involves the creation of the ear. This stage occurs after the second stage has fully healed and new blood vessels have formed and thrived. In the third stage, the ear is being reconstructed fully in order to correct whatever deformity may present in the particular patient. And in the final stage, the ear lobe is created if sufficient skin is available to do so.

Ear Reconstruction – Aftercare

Following the ear reconstruction, great care is taken to make sure that the ear is function as it should. Most of the pain that a patient feels is where the cartilage was taken from the rib, but this can be lessened with smaller incisions. A drain will be placed in the area that was operated on, and some patients may need to stay a few days in the hospital for observation. A protective dressing will be placed on the area in order to speed the healing and protect the area from infection. Following the ear reconstruction, it is vital that the patient, or patient’s parent, work hard to ensure that the surgeon’s postoperative instructions are followed. The sutures will remain on the area for a while and will need to be cleaned and maintained. As the ear reconstruction is done in stages, each stage will necessitate its own set of instructions.

Ear Reconstruction – Risks And Complications

As with any surgery, there are risks of complications with ear reconstruction. A good surgeon will be careful not to stretch the skin too much, thus avoiding skin loss at the surgery site. Skin discoloration may occur. The patient’s body may reabsorb the cartilage used to rebuild the ear. The ear reconstruction may not stay where it was placed, and may require follow up surgery. And as with all surgeries, infection and bleeding may occur. If the ear reconstruction site should feel warm to the touch, or is the patient should run a high fever following the surgery, it is best to report it to the surgeon. Antibiotics may be needed.