Seattle, Bellevue How does a chin implant work? Irish E.

Hi Irish, chin implants are often used together with rhinoplasty for maximum aesthetic effect and may be used with cheek implants and lip augmentation for overall facial balance. The implants can be made of GORE-TEX® or silicone, and shaped a little like the narrow chin guard of a sports helmet.  For those with recessive chins,  implants supplement the existing bone at the front of the jaw beneath the teeth. It sits under the skin and gives a permanent boost to the strength and definition of the chin. The procedure takes 45 minutes to an hour and a half. The incision created during the operation is made underneath the chin or inside of the mouth between the gum and lower lip. The implant is then inserted and positioned in front of the jawbone and sutured into place. Sutures inside the mouth will dissolve after about 10 days. Sutures outside the mouth are removed after approximately the same period.