Genioplasty (Surgery of the Chin)
A balanced face and jawline is a classic symbol of aesthetics in the both the male and female physique. Aside from not meeting society’s perception of a well defined and balanced face, a weak, strong or uneven chin and mandible can also cause other facial features to appear disproportionate and can create a poor facial profile. Many male and female patients unhappy with the appearance of their chin may be able to achieve a successful change through chin augmentation or reduction. Chin augmentation, also known as augmentation genioplasty, is a surgical procedure that places an implant directly on the jawbone to create a strong, defined and natural-looking chin that matches the patient’s realistic goals and leaves him or her with an attractive, balanced appearance. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty to assure that the restructured nose will be complemented by the rest of the face. In fact, Dr. Monasebian may recommend this procedure to you when you are considering other facial surgeries such as a facelift. If you are considering a chin augmentation, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Monasebian to discuss how you can benefit from this procedure. Dr. Monasebian will customize the exact surgery for your face. Chin implants come in several different shapes and sizes. The chin may also be enhanced with an osteotomy which cuts the chin bone and repositions it. This can also be used to correct an asymmetric or uneven chin. When the chin is too large or asymmetric, an osteotomy of chin or cutting procedure is performed. The chin is repositioned to a more aesthetic and balanced position and then secured with small bone plates and screws. If a smaller reduction is indicated, a bone contouring or osteoplasty procedure may be indicated which shaves down the bone. During your consultation with Dr. Monasebian all the possible procedures will be discussed.
What is a Facial Implant?
The Chin Augmentation Procedure
The chin augmentation procedure takes less than an hour and can be performed under local anesthetic with sedation. To avoid facial scarring, Dr. Monasebian will place the implant through an incision inside the mouth. Once the incision is made, the tissue in the chin is stretched to make room for the implant, which is then placed directly on the jawbone. The implant is made from pre-formed solid silicone and is specially chosen to fit in the patient’s mouth, assuring an improved but natural appearance. The incision is then closed with small sutures.
Recovery and Results
After the procedure, patients can return home right away and usually return to work and other normal activities in 3 to 4 days. You should wait at least 10 days before resuming exercise activities. Patients may experience swelling and discoloration after the procedure, but these side effects usually subside within a few days. Sutures inside the mouth melt away with time. The results of a chin augmentation are visible immediately after surgery and continue to improve as swelling and bruising go away. Full results are usually visible within a few weeks. Scars from this procedure are well-hidden and may keep others from knowing that any surgery was performed at all.
You can discuss the risks and advantages of this procedure with Dr. Monasebian to find out if a chin augmentation may be right for you.
Full and vivacious lips have always been recognized as aesthetically important features. Some of us however, are born with thin, ill-defined lips. But the appearance of our lips is now within our control. During this procedure, a piece of tissue is borrowed from somewhere in your body and grafted into one or both lips. If a smaller augmentation is warranted, injectables such as Juvederm are an excellent option. Dr. Monasebian can also reduce lips if you feel your lips are too large. And if the upper lip is too long as often occurs with aging, a lip lift is an excellent operation to shorten the upper lip while also making it appear more full. During your consultation with Dr. Monasebian, all these lip enhancing procedures will be discussed and you are sure to discover the right procedure for you and your lips.
Cheek Dimples and Chin Clefts
If you have ever wanted a dimple on your cheek or wanted to accentuate one you currently have – now is the time. Through a minor procedure taking less than thirty minutes and usually performed under local anesthesia, Dr. Monasebian can add dimples to your face or a cleft to your chin!
Liposuction of the Neck and Chin (Tumescent Liposuction)
When the tumescent technique is used in the liposuction of your neck and chin, the areas of fat are injected with an anesthetic which causes the fat to become swollen, or “tumesced”. The resulting expanded molecules make the fat particles easier to remove. You will begin to notice the difference in your new look almost immediately after surgery. The tumescent method results in less post-operative bruising, swelling and pain. A significant improvement in your appearance is apparent within 3 weeks of your surgery, when most of the swelling has subsided.