When you think of a “masculine” chin, a certain image probably comes to mind. Perhaps a square, strong jaw and a chin with prominence and projection. This type of chin brings to mind many strong, unconscious associations of confidence, power, leadership, and…masculinity. A “weak” chin, by contrast, is one that lacks definition, projection, and shape, often receding or contributing to a double chin and other profile issues. If you are interested in getting a more masculine chin, you are not out of luck. Even if genetics have not given you a strong, masculine jaw, this look can be achieved with the help of a chin implant.
What is a Chin Implant?
A chin implant is a piece of molded, synthetic material (typically Advanta, a Teflon-like material, solid silicone or Gore-Tex) which is surgically placed in the chin area to provide natural-looking projection and definition for enhanced facial aesthetics and overall balance. This procedure is often combined with rhinoplasty (cosmetic nasal surgery) to further improve the harmony and balance of the face. Chin implant surgery is a permanent fix for problems like a “weak” chin.
While chin implant surgery is done under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, the procedure itself is fairly simple and straightforward. An incision is made (most often inside the mouth or just underneath the chin), and the implant is inserted through this incision. Once the implant is secured in place, the incision is closed, and the surgery is complete. The whole procedure is relatively brief, but patients will need to allow time for recovery after the fact.
Recovery takes about a week on average, and patients can expect bruising, swelling, and some discomfort during this time. Prescribed medication can help keep pain under control. Sutures are typically removed at the end of this initial recovery period, but patients should be cautious for a while afterward about touching and jostling the area.
While a chin implant is often the main procedure to be performed, there are sometimes additional procedures that go along with it. Rhinoplasty is a popular combination procedure, as the nose and chin need to be in proportion with one another for good facial aesthetics. Facial liposuction may also be used to help resolve fat pockets under the chin and contour the area for a better outcome. Your individual treatment plan will depend on your goals, and will be decided with your plastic surgeon well in advance of the procedure. More than one surgery can be performed at once, as long as your surgeon feels it is safe to do so.
Chin Contouring Benefits
While each procedure is customized to the patient’s goals, chin implant patients will see improvement in the contour, definition and projection of the chin and jaw. This will enhance the overall facial aesthetics and profile of the face, as long as the projection is in proportion to the other features. Patients may notice a tighter, smoother jawline, less prone to a “double chin” appearance, and an overall more youthful look.
Self-Esteem and Confidence
In addition to physical changes, many men who choose chin implants find there are emotional benefits as well. Chin implant surgery can help contribute to healthy self-esteem and confidence, which can improve first impressions, and boost confidence in social situations and the workplace. In a competitive career field and even in dating, confidence is key.
Talk to an Expert
As with any plastic surgery, the key to success is choosing a qualified, board certified facial plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. Dr. Stuart Bentkover is a respected authority on facial procedures, and has been helping patients reach their aesthetic goals for more than two decades. If you would like to discuss your goals for surgery with a specialist, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bentkover. Want to learn more? Call either location today to schedule your consultation appointment.