Achieving balance between the upper middle and lower thirds of the face is critical to achieving the best cosmetic surgical results. Often, a recessed chin can make the nose look more prominent than it really is or can make the skin of the neck look looser or more “saggy” than it really is. A chin implant can correct these imablances. The implant is placed through a small incision under the chin, well hidden in a skin crease. Dr. Irvine performs chin implants under general anesthesia and, when indicated, combines them with a rhinoplasty or a face and necklift.
Recovery generally takes 1 week, after which patients can return to work. Swelling and bruising usually last 2-3 weeks.
Sometimes dimpling and irregularities in the chin are the result of activation of muscles in the chin, such as the mentalis muscle, that can be treated with botulinum toxin (Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®). This can make the chin appear smoother and less wrinkled.
Bruising and swelling after chin botox injections is minimal but can last 3 to 5 days if present. Patients can return to work and their normal activity immediately following injections.
Hyaluronic acid fillers can be injected into the chin to add volume and to bring the chin into proportion with the rest of the face. This creates a temporary change that can simulate a chin implant. Dr. Irvine uses Restalyne Lyft® or Juvederm Voluma® to add projection and definition to the chin.
Bruising and swelling after chin filler injections is minimal but can last 3 to 5 days if present. Patients can return to work and their normal activity immediately following injections.