Chin implants and fillers can enhance the jawline and improve the facial appearance. However, chin implants may be better choices than chin fillers for some patients or vice versa. There may even be instances in which patients benefit from chin implant or filler treatments performed in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures.
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery is committed to educating patients about facial rejuvenation treatments. To help patients determine if a chin implant or filler can be used to revitalize their facial appearance, Dr. Azizzadeh provides insights into both treatments.
What Is a Chin Implant?
A chin implant is used during chin augmentation, a surgical procedure that involves the insertion of a small implant in front of a patient’s chin bone. The implant increases the length of the patient’s jawline, resulting in a more refined and sculpted facial appearance.
Ultimately, the goal of chin augmentation is to ensure that the chin complements the cheeks, eyes, nose, and other facial features. If the chin looks proportional to the rest of the face after chin augmentation surgery, a patient can enjoy a symmetrical facial appearance.
Benefits of a Chin Implant
There are many reasons why patients may pursue chin implant surgery, such as:
- Weak Chin: Patients dealing with a receding or under-projected chin can undergo a chin augmentation to correct a weak chin and improve the length of the jawline.
- Double Chin: A chin implant can be used to help reduce the appearance of a double chin that looks disproportionate to the rest of a patient’s face.
- Poor Neck Definition: Chin implant surgery can improve both the definition of the neck and jawline.
The benefits of a chin implant can be significant, but a patient should only undergo chin augmentation surgery after consulting with Dr. Azizzadeh. That way, Dr. Azizzadeh can prepare his patient for all aspects of chin implant surgery.
Chin Implant Surgery Process
A chin augmentation is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general or local anesthesia. During treatment, Dr. Azizzadeh makes a small incision under a patient’s chin or inside their mouth. Next, Dr. Azizzadeh makes space for the chin implant and inserts it around the chin bone.
There may also be instances where Dr. Azizzadeh performs chin implant surgery in combination with a nose job. In these instances, Dr. Azizzadeh reshapes or resizes the nose at the same time he inserts an implant into a patient’s chin.
On average, a chin implant surgery takes about one hour to complete. Additional time is required if chin augmentation surgery is performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty or any other facial rejuvenation treatment.
Chin Implant Recovery Time
Patients may experience bruising and swelling following chin implant surgery, but these symptoms usually disappear on their own shortly after treatment.
Most patients can often resume their regular activities within one week of a chin augmentation procedure. But, patients may need to sleep face up with the head elevated and follow other post-surgery instructions for a few weeks after a chin augmentation to minimize the risk of complications.
Chin Implant Risks
There are risks associated with chin implant surgery, and these include:
- Internal bleeding
- Poor scarring
Dr. Azizzadeh prepares a chin implant surgery plan and carefully administers treatment. Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh won’t recommend chin augmentation surgery if he believes the procedure will endanger a patient. In this scenario, Dr. Azizzadeh may instead recommend a chin filler.
What Is a Chin Filler?
A chin filler offers a non-surgical alternative to a chin augmentation. It involves the use of an injectable filler to temporarily improve the appearance of the chin and jawline.
Benefits of a Chin Filler
A chin filler does not require a patient to go under the knife. Conversely, Dr. Azizzadeh injects a chin filler into the treatment area, and the procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes complete.
Chin Filler Recovery Time
There is no downtime after a chin filler procedure as well. Upon completion, a chin filler patient may notice immediate improvements in their facial appearance, with treatment results lasting up to two years.
Chin Filler Risks
Risks associated with chin fillers include:
- Asymmetrical facial appearance
- Skin damage
- Under- or over-treatment
Dr. Azizzadeh explains the risks associated with a facial rejuvenation treatment during an initial consultation. He also takes time to respond to a patient’s facial rejuvenation treatment concerns and questions. With his in-depth approach to facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patient make the best decision based on their treatment goals.
Chin Filler or Implant: Which Option Is Right for You?
When it comes to chin filler and implant treatments, it helps to consult with Dr. Azizzadeh. Then, Dr. Azizzadeh can evaluate a patient and offer a personalized treatment recommendation. Dr. Azizzadeh can also provide comprehensive insights into the advantages and disadvantages of chin fillers and chin implants.
Chin fillers are popular choices for patients who want to quickly improve the appearance of the chin and jawline. They may also be more affordable than chin augmentation surgery. Yet, chin fillers deliver temporary results, so periodic follow-up treatments may be required.
Comparatively, chin implant surgery provides long-term results, and it has been shown to be safe and effective for patients who want to achieve a balanced facial appearance. On the other hand, chin augmentation can be risky, particularly when it is performed by an inexperienced facial plastic surgeon.
The Bottom Line on a Chin Filler vs. a Chin Implant
Regardless of whether patients choose chin fillers or implants, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patients safely correct visible signs of aging in the face. Dr. Azizzadeh learns about his patients and finds out why they are considering facial rejuvenation treatments. He then offers a custom treatment plan for each patient and executes this plan to perfection. The result: a patient can undergo a procedure to bolster their facial appearance and achieve their desired results.
Dr. Azizzadeh is available to discuss chin fillers and implants and help his patients evaluate both facial rejuvenation treatment options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.