My Chin Is Too Long!
Although noses get a lot of attention these days, your chin has an equally massive impact on the overall appearance of your face. If your jaw is underdeveloped or overdeveloped, you may suffer from a lack of confidence or a feeling of unattractiveness. If so, you could be an ideal candidate for a corrective procedure that will balance out your features.
Why Did This Happen To Me?
Jaw size depends on both genetics and environmental factors. Everyone is born with a certain “blueprint” for jaw development, but the final appearance of your jaw in adulthood is also influenced by things like thumb sucking in infancy, tooth alignment, and how regularly you use your jaw muscles growing up.
Can My Jaw Be Corrected?
Absolutely! Facial plastic surgeons are able to perform both genioplasty (augmentation of the jaw through implants) and mentoplasty (reduction of the jaw). It’s a much more intricate process than you might think: a skilled surgeon will not only consider of the size of your jaw, but also the subtleties of its shape, its relationship to the other features of your face, and what will look “normal” given your gender, ethnicity, and age.
So it’s not just a matter of “bringing your jaw into line”. The process is a bit like artistic sculpting—and just as artists need artistic vision, plastic surgeons require a keen aesthetic sense (as well as technical prowess) in order to give you the results you desire.
Sometimes, the appearance of your jaw can actually be fixed with a simple facelift—this is often the case when you suffer from jowls, for instance. If you’re concerned about a double chin, liposuction can be an effective solution.
What Is The Surgery Like?
The exact nature of chin augmentation or reduction surgery differs slightly depending on which surgeon you see, and how much work your jaw needs. Dr. Siegel is of the opinion that a conservative, minimally invasive procedure performed with the patient’s overall appearance in mind, can create the most naturally attractive look.
The procedures can either be performed under local or general anesthesia (the former leaves you drowsy and pain-free, but awake, while the latter puts you to sleep momentarily). They usually takes Dr. Siegel about 20 minutes to perform, and there is minimal bruising and swelling. Most patients are able to resume normal activity after one week, and the final result is usually apparent after three months.
Chin augmentation surgery is often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty or a facelift, in order to achieve the most attractive and balanced result possible.
Dr. Siegel prides himself on his ability to work with patients to achieve the results they want to see—rather than forcing some one-size-fits-all notion of a “good jaw” on them. He specializes in facial plastic surgery. To find out more about the options available to you, make an appointment with him today!