Surgical Correction of Chin Ptosis
Chin ptosis is a rare but difficult cosmetic challenge that involves sagging soft tissue in the chin area. Chin ptosis is commonly corrected by re-suspending intraoral muscles around the mouth. In some cases, excision of the sagging soft tissue is also required. Various procedures can be used to correct a drooping chin pad. Therefore, the costs must be determined on a patient-by-patient basis.
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About the Procedure
While it commonly results from having chin augmentation implants removed, there are various causes of chin ptosis (drooping chin). It is a multifactorial cosmetic challenge that is seen in both sexes and in all age groups. Because every patient is unique, there is no single approach to correcting the soft tissue sagging that is typical in this condition. In many cases, chin ptosis is corrected by surgically resuspending muscles that control the mouth. However, this technique alone is not typically effective when lower lip sagging is also present. In some cases, the sagging soft tissue has to be excised in order to correct the drooping appearance. Soft tissue excision is typical in cases of “dynamic” ptosis which is ptosis that is exaggerated when smiling. Surgical correction of chin ptosis can help to restore a more youthful appearance in people whose chins begin to droop because of tissue degrading common with aging. The goal is to tighten the chin’s soft tissues and thereby reduce submental skin creasing. Regardless of the specific procedures needed for individual patients, chin ptosis correction can typically be performed without using general anesthesia.
The goal of surgical correction of chin ptosis is to reduce the appearance of a drooping or sagging chin.
What to Expect
Chin ptosis causes sagging of the soft tissue in the chin area. Chin ptosis can be either static or dynamic. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after the surgical correction of chin ptosis.
- Antibacterial mouthwash and oral antibiotics may be prescribed
- Do not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before
- Do not take any blood thinning medications
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after the procedure
- No alcohol for two days
Treatment will vary depending on if the chin ptosis is apparent at all times or just during movement such as facial expression.
After surgery, the surgical site will typically be covered by a surgical dressing. Some discomfort and mild pain can be expected during the first week to ten days after surgery. A mild amount of swelling, redness and bruising, along with tenderness to touch is expected. Most patients can typically resume normal function within a week.
The ideal candidate for chin ptosis surgery has a deep submental crease and dynamic chin ptosis.
Not Recommended For
Chin ptosis surgery is not recommended for patients with periodontal disease. These patients will need preoperative correction of the periodontal disease or the implant must be placed lower.
Side effects from chin ptosis surgery may include pain, swelling, mild bruising, numbness in the incision areas and possibly on the lip, which typically resolves within days to a few weeks.