A well-proportioned chin helps give definition and balance to the face and contributes significantly to one’s profile. When people evaluate their face in the mirror, most focus on the condition of their skin, the shape and size of their noses, their ear shape, or their sagging jowls. Few examine their chins with the same discerning eye, but most agree that having a “weak chin” is definitely not an asset. Chin augmentation is the name of the procedure designed to modify the projection of your chin and enhance your profile.
Skilled surgeons, like Dr. Parfitt, who do a lot of rhinoplasties (surgery of the nose), are often the first to suggest that changes in chin shape or size might enhance a profile just as much as their rhinoplasty. Dr. Parfitt often recommends chin surgery in addition to nose surgery when he sees that chin augmentation is desirable in achieving facial balance and harmony. Fortunately, this is a relatively undemanding procedure that can make a significant difference in overall facial appearance.
As with any elective surgical procedure, realistic expectations and good health are prerequisites. Men and women are both candidates for a chin augmentation procedure.
When the chin is too small for the face, augmentation can often produce dramatic improvement in facial features. If one examines his/her profile (side view) in a mirror, the chin projection should approach a vertical line dropped from the lower lip. If you are concerned with a recessed chin or facial asymmetry, you may be an ideal candidate for chin enhancement.
A balanced, pleasing profile can be obtained by inserting an implant. The chin is an important feature of the face as a whole and the result of chin augmentation can be better facial harmony and greater self-confidence.
Another procedure that improves the chin area is submental (neck) liposuction, where excess fatty tissue is removed to better define the chin and neckline.
Your consultation with Dr. Parfitt will help you decide on the type of surgery that best addresses your concerns. He will determine if chin augmentation is the best procedure to achieve your facial harmony.
If you are interested in chin augmentation, your choice of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon is extremely important. During your consultation, Dr. Parfitt will examine your facial anatomy and also obtain a medical history, so he can consider any medical conditions that may heighten any risk. In our Madison location, he will use dynamic computer simulation images to show different surgical options to achieve potential results. Dr. Parfitt will weigh other factors that could influence the results of surgery such as skin type, age, ethnicity and your expectations of surgery. Once you and Dr. Parfitt arrive at a mutual understanding and trust, he will tailor a treatment plan that is best suited to you.
At your consultation you will receive detailed information of the following:
– Surgical procedure(s)
– Technique indicated
– Type of anesthesia
– Risks involved
– Middleton/Madison on-site surgical facility
– Additional surgery recommendations
– Scheduling and booking options
– Financing policies
– Surgical quote of costs involved
To augment your chin, Dr. Parfitt begins by making an incision in the natural crease line just under the chin. By gently stretching the tissue in this area, he then creates a tight space where the implant can be inserted. After the implant is inserted, Dr. Parfitt then uses fine sutures to close the incision, which usually becomes imperceptible. Immediately following surgery, Dr. Parfitt applies a dressing that will remain in place for one to three days.
Swelling can be present during the first few weeks following surgery, this will result in some tenderness and a tight or stretched sensation that typically subsides within a week. While swelling is present, most patients are more comfortable with soft foods or liquid diets.
Sutures are removed on the sixth day post surgery and patients typically return to normal activities on or before this date. After about five to six weeks, most of the swelling will be gone. Contact sport and strenuous activity may be limited or prohibited for about one month following surgery. All patients are required to follow the post-operative instructions to ensure better healing and to reduce any possible complications.
Whether you are having surgery for cosmetic or functional reasons, choosing a qualified and certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is of paramount importance. Dr. Parfitt is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, which means he has extra years of surgical and reconstructive training. Dr. Parfitt has dedicated his entire private practice to cosmetic facial plastic surgery. Dr. Parfitt has over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, specializing only in cosmetic procedures of the head and neck. When making your decision to have surgery, you can ensure that he is highly qualified and a skilled expert to perform your chosen procedure.
Consultations with Dr. Parfitt can take place at either of our office locations in Middleton or Appleton, Wisconsin. Computer simulated images for potential chin augmentation results may be provided during consultations at our Middleton location. If you are an out-of-town patient, Dr. Parfitt offers Skype virtual consultations. If you are interested in a consultation about facial cosmetic surgery with Dr. Parfitt, please call our office at 888.389.3223 or contact us online.
After three days post surgery, typically the only indication of surgery is a few sutures below the chin. Some patients feel comfortable returning to non-strenuous activities at this point. Sutures are removed on the sixth day post surgery.
Swelling may be present following surgery. During this time, most patients are more comfortable with soft foods or liquid diets.
The implant material is a medical grade mesh, which is made of a synthetic material that feels very much like the natural tissue found in the chin. It is sized and carved during surgery to allow a custom fitting of the implant to the unique proportions of your face. Medical grade mesh-like materials are sometimes employed to make artificial heart components or arteries, for reconstruction about the eye and nose, and to repair various parts of the body. It has been used in many cases and has a high record of safety and satisfaction. After a short time has elapsed, it becomes practically the same consistency as the surrounding tissues and becomes incorporated into them. Due to the fact that the framework of the implant is a mesh, the patient’s own tissues fill in the spaces.
Dr. Parfitt does not use screws with this type of technique. The chin implant does not move since it adheres to the bone.
Although pain is minimal, discomfort is part of the recovery process from a chin augmentation surgery. Over the counter pain medication may be provided if needed.
The cost of chin augmentation surgery varies depending on the techniques and the amount of correction needed for the procedure. Depending on a patient’s facial anatomy, a variety of factors go into achieving an realistic and excellent result. A surgical quote will be presented during your consultation. If you are interested in a price range for a specific procedure, please call Dr. Parfitt’s Surgical Coordinator, Angela at 888.389.3223.
The combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed at Parfitt Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center and AestheticA Skin Health Center will improve the overall appearance with a refreshed, younger look, but the skin texture and longevity are also very important and can be enhanced with nonsurgical treatments and skin care.
Facial plastic surgery with Dr. Richard Parfitt can make it possible to correct many undesirable facial features that can often undermine one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. If you would like more information or are interested in a facial cosmetic procedure, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Parfitt at one of our Wisconsin office locations in Madison or Appleton by calling 888.389.3223.