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The aesthetics of your facial contour depend on the delicate relationship between your features — how your nose relates to your chin or lips, for example. To create harmony and balance in the face, Dr. Marc DuPéré offers chin implants at his Toronto practice, helping patients improve their proportions, refine their profiles, or strengthen a weak chin.
A thorough evaluation of your facial features is the first step in creating a treatment path. Request a consultation using our online form to meet with Dr. DuPéré, or call our office at (416) 929-9800 to schedule an appointment at his Richmond Hill or Toronto location.
A receding or "weak" chin can affect your overall appearance, especially in profile. In fact, some patients who are considering rhinoplasty to improve their profiles may be better served by getting chin augmentation to balance out the lower portion of the face.
A more prominent chin can also create a more defined jawline and streamline the neck's contours. Both men and women can be good candidates for chin implants, but Dr. DuPéré understands that the aesthetic ideal of a male chin is quite different than that for females. A "strong" male chin has a more squared shape, and women desire a more elegant, refined look. That being said, aging is often accompanied by a loss of muscle and bone mass and a chin implant is often combined with our facelift and neck lift procedure, for both males and females, to compensate for that age-related loss of volume.
In general, a chin implant can:
Dr. DuPéré can also address other concerns at the time of your surgery by adding other face procedures such as a face and neck lift. This is a popular and effective way to get an overall enhancement, and it's very safe in the hands of an experienced surgeon such as Dr. DuPéré.
Chin implants are made of a relatively soft but solid silicone. Many options are available, depending on the anatomy of your lower face and the degree of facial lengthening and thickness you want. Men commonly require wider and thicker implants. Women may require a smaller implant in order to make the lower face more oval and, as a result, more feminine. Dr. DuPéré is an implant specialist and can even create custom implants to suit your precise needs.
With the patient under either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, Dr. DuPéré makes an incision either intra-orally (in the mouth) or under the chin if he is performing a neck procedure at the same time. He places the implant under the mentalis muscle and over the bony edge.
Bruising and swelling occur after the procedure, and some discomfort is expected for a few days. Cold compresses applied to the site help reduce swelling but must be gently applied because there should be no pressure on the implant for the first 72 hours. A gentle facial garment is provided. Plan to take about a week off work to ensure the healing process isn't compromised. Dr. DuPéré removes the stitches at your follow-up appointment.
Although the majority of swelling resolves within 10 days to 2 weeks, the final results of the procedure will appear up to 2 months after the surgery. Chin implants can last indefinitely.
Every surgery comes with potential risks. Though serious complications are rare, Dr. DuPéré educates all chin implant surgery patients about risks such as: scarring, opening of the wound, temporary discomfort, bleeding and bruising around the surgical sites, loss of sensation over the surgical site, the lower lip and around the scar, fluid accumulation (seroma and hematomas), infection (extremely rare), nerve and vessel injury (a risk with any surgery), and wound opening (possibly treatable with wound care).
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