Chin implants explained
Chin implant procedures are commonly carried out to add shape to the chin. It can make the chin more prominent, if that is the desired outcome, and giving the face a more proportional and balanced appearance.
The chin is a very prominent feature of face and is one of the first things a person is likely to notice when you first meet. For this reason, it’s not that unusual to feel self-conscious or insecure about the way your chin looks. The size and shape of your chin will no doubt influence how you look physically and how you feel mentally.
To achieve the overall shape and balance you desire you may also consider combining chin implants with other cosmetic procedures of the face like rhinoplasty, face lift or brow lift. Your cosmetic surgeon performing the procedure may inform you of these and other complementary procedures that can be carried out to achieve the desired look.
Why have chin implant surgery?
Here are some of the benefits of chin implants:
- Achieve better proportioned features
- Improve the balance of features
- Sharper looking jaw line
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
Here are a few reasons for having chin implants:
- Underdeveloped chin
- Receding chin
- Make the chin more prominent and other facial features smaller.
- Enhance the aesthetic appearance of the face.
How much do chin implants cost?
The cost of chin implants in the UK vary from place to place, clinic to clinic and, to a great extent, depends on the reasons for having the treatment in the first place. As chin implants are a very individual procedure the requirements of the surgery can vary greatly. The bigger and more complicated the surgery is the more expensive and costly the procedure will be.
Our research of online sources indicates the cost of chin implants in the UK range from £2,800 to £4,000 with a median average cost of £3,500.
How to choose where to go for chin implants?
Typically, when looking for a hospital or clinic in the UK you may want to check to see if they’re registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC are the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, responsible for monitoring and regulating hospital and care services. There you will be able to access reports and ratings to help you make the best choice
At Mhc, we have developed a user-friendly healthcare directory portal for people looking for treatments, like arm and thigh lift surgery, to easily search for, find and contact hospitals and clinics in the UK.
In addition to finding a place to have the surgery for chin implants, you should also research and consider the doctor who is going to carry out the surgery. All doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). There you can access the surgeon’s work history.
Although Mhc can help you find a clinic, hospital or doctor, we recommend you thoroughly assess and research the care providers you choose before moving forward.
What’s involved in chin implant surgery?
Chin implant surgery isn’t a very difficult operation. The procedure usually takes under an hour to complete and is done using general anaesthetic. Because this isn’t a very long operation you should be discharged from the clinic or hospital on the same day.
The surgery involves the following:
- An incision in the mouth or under the chin
- Implant is put into position
- Adjustments are made to achieve the desired outcome
- The incision will be stitched shut and dressing applied
There are varying levels of risk associated with chin implants. Depending on whether the incision is made in the mouth or under the chin, the risk of infection could be higher or lower. For example, the risk of infection is higher if the cut is made in the mouth, but, at the same time, placing the implant through the mouth will not leave any visible signs of scarring.
What are chin implants made of?
Chin implants come in different shapes and sizes to meet the needs of everyone and are made of a firm silicone.
After chin implant surgery and recovery
As this is a simple procedure you should be free to go home on the day of the procedure. You may need to take a week off from work, or as instructed by your surgeon, and should return for a check-up after a week to assess how your wound is healing.
Keep the treated area clean and avoid eating hot and spicy foods. Try to stick to soft food to prevent any discomfort.
If the incision was made under the chin you may need to get the stitches removed after a week.
Take care not to do any strenuous activity for the first three weeks of recovery. If you experience any pain or serious discomfort speak to your surgeon.
Risks and side effects of chin implants
Chin implants are considered to be very safe, but like all cosmetic procedure there are some risks.
It is common to experience some of the following effects after surgery:
- Mild discomfort around the treatment
Like a lot of surgical procedure chin implant surgery can occasionally result in problems. These include:
- Risk of infection
- Movement of implant
- Bone absorption
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
If you suspect the procedure was not carried out in the correct manor and you’re not satisfied with result or the level of care you have received, you should contact the CQC.
Things to consider before your chin implant procedure
Opting for any form of cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- Are the results of the surgery permanent?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready to go for chin implant surgery, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you can gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.