If you’ve been to few rhinoplasty consultations, you may have had one or more surgeons recommend you undergo a chin augmentation procedure at the same time as your rhinoplasty. If you don’t know how the chin and nose affect the overall look of the face, you might think that this suggestion is just a ploy so the surgeon can make more money. Rest assured that it is not! A reputable, board certified surgeon always has the patient’s appearance and satisfaction in mind when suggesting procedures.
If it’s not about money, then why might a surgeon recommend a chin implant and rhinoplasty combo procedure?
The reason is facial balance. The nose is a dominating facial feature. Even tiny adjustments can dramatically change the look of the face. When the nose is changed, other features may start to look out of balance. In the same way, your chin may have the effect of making your nose appear larger or smaller. By performing both procedures at the same time, a surgeon can plan for a nose and chin that are in harmony with one another and with the other facial features.
You will also need to consider your profile, and how the change will affect its appearance. Chin implants in particular need to look natural from both the front and side. The implant must fit your face! Experienced board certified facial plastic surgeons are highly skilled in designing unique procedures to fit each patient.
If you’ve decided through meeting with prospective surgeons that a combo procedure is right for you, the next challenge is selecting a surgeon who is knowledgeable about both procedures. Many plastic surgeons offer both procedures, but may not have the proficiency required to produce the best outcome possible.
For more information on rhinoplasty and chin implants, contact Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Stoneham (617-247-0033), or Worcester (508-363-6500), Massachusetts. Dr. Bentkover has many years of experience performing both of these procedures, and can help you determine what procedures are right for you.