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Alloplastic Chin Implant

An alloplastic chin implant is the most common type of chin augmentation plastic surgery procedure to treat chin deficiencies and microgenia (small chin).

Alloplastic Chin Implant

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

6 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Implant

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$2000 - $5000

The Specifics


What is an alloplastic chin implant?

An alloplastic chin implant is the most common form of chin augmentation plastic surgery techniques. There are two main types of chin implant shapes: a central chin implant and an extended mandibular implant. Extended mandibular implants have tapered ends that are considered to create a more natural appearing jawline. There are a variety of implant materials, each with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Some of the most common implant materials include: silastic, Gore-tex, MEDPOR, BoneSource, polyamide mesh, silicone rubber, and mersilene mesh.

A discussion with a board certified expert plastic surgeon can determine which implant type and shape is most appropriate for an individual candidate. Often, chin implant procedures are combined with other plastic surgeries like rhinoplasty, facelifts, and neck lifts to further enhance facial features.

What cosmetic concerns does an alloplastic chin implant procedure treat?

  1. Chin Shape & Size: Alloplastic chin implant come in various shapes and sizes, and can be placed in specific positions to contour, refine, and define the chin and jaw aesthetics.

Who is the ideal candidate for an alloplastic chin implant procedure?

The ideal candidate for an alloplastic chin implant is an individual with mild to moderate horizontal chin deficiencies, or microgenia (a weak chin or inadequate projection of the chin). An alloplastic chin implant is not recommended for those with severe microgenia, periodontal disease, severe malocclusion, shortened mandibular height, or lower lip protrusion.

What is the average recovery associated with an alloplastic chin implant procedure?

The average recovery following an alloplastic chin implant surgery is one to two weeks of acute bruising, swelling, and pain. A chin strap dressing will most likely need to be worn for one to three days following the chin surgery. Dietary modifications to soft or liquid foods, and limitations on activities will need to be considered for one week.

What are the potential side effects of an alloplastic chin implant procedure?

Possible side effects following an alloplastic chin implant include hematoma, infection, shift in implant position, poor scarring, disturbances in sensation, chronic inflammation, and resorption of the mandible (lower jaw bone).

What can someone expect from the results of an alloplastic chin implant procedure?

The results of an Alloplastic Chin Implant will be immediately noticeable after surgery, but will evolve and finalize over about three months as the body heals and incorporates the implant permanently.

What is the average cost of an alloplastic chin implant procedure?

An alloplastic chin implant procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of an alloplastic chin implant is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

Intraoral approach has shown a lower malposition rateExternal approach includes preservation of the mentalis muscles attachment to the mandibleExternal approach includes preservation of the labiomental sulcusExternal approach gives direct access to the mandibular border

Cons

Limited shapesLimited sizesMay be ineffective for treating vertical height deformitiesPotential external scar

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Chin implants are a permanent solution for a recessed chin that offers increased size and projection. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a chin implant.

The Takeaway


An alloplastic chin implant is a plastic surgery to enhance chin shape and size, define the jawline, and provide contouring for rejuvenation of facial features.

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  1. BC Rubens, RA West Ptosis of the chin and lip incompetence: consequences of lost mentalis muscle support PubMed.gov; 1989-04-01
  2. Y Jeblaoui, N Guedj, S Drikes, and C Vacher The Chin Fat Pad PubMed.gov; 2012-03-12
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