INFORMATION REGARDING CHIN IMPLANTS
You are interested in information regarding the surgical
procedure for enlarging the chin. The goal of this procedure
is to bring the profile into better alignment, to correct
'thin' chins, and to help contour chins that are thought
to be less than desirable for the individual. There are
a number of options that are available to accomplish this.
The Doctor will discuss the options for the operative
procedure and anticipated results with you, including
Some OPERATIVE CHOICES are described below.
No matter which procedure is chosen there are common
problems and complications that may occur. Some of these
include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, temporary
and/or permanent muscle or nerve bruising or even injury,
rejection of the tissue or implant, temporary and/or permanent
numbness in the area, thick scars on the inside of the
mouth, problems with the underlying bone, unequalness
of the results, incomplete correction, over-correction,
edges of the tissue or implant can be seen (especially
in thin skinned individuals), risks of anesthesia, etc.
The probability is that if problems should occur they
would be minor and self limiting, however significant
problems that are long lasting could occur.
You must be willing to accept the risks and complications
of surgery before you decide to go ahead with surgery.
If you cannot accept these risks, DO NOT HAVE SURGERY!
If you have particular questions regarding the risks mentioned
or any other risks that you might know or have heard about
please ask the Doctor or his staff about same.
This surgery may be performed either under LOCAL ANESTHESIA,
LOCAL ANESTHESIA WITH MEDICATION, or GENERAL ANESTHESIA.
Doctor Capuano will discuss these options with you. Usually
LOCAL ANESTHESIA OR LOCAL ANESTHESIA WITH MEDICATIONS can
be used unless there are other more extensive procedures
to be done.
The operative procedure involving tissue implant or
chin implants uses an incision within the inside lower
lip or from the outside beneath the chin, separating tissue
from the bone of the chin. At this point an implant, tissue
graft, fat, or sliding of the chin and placement of screws
or wires can be accomplished bringing out the chin. Sutures
are used to close the tissues. The sutures usually dissolve
within seven to ten days.
Following surgery, the chin may be taped to help prevent
movement in the area. This must remain in place until
you are seen in the office or until you are directed to
remove the bandage and tape. You will be on a soft diet,
with little or no chewing. You should not attempt to talk
very much, and generally should rest and relax without
You will be given prescriptions for or asked to purchase
over-the-counter medications following surgery for swelling,
discomfort and infection. Please finish all prescriptions
as directed. If you have a problem with any medication,
please call the office.
You will be seen in the office for follow up care. At
the time of your first post-operative office visit, the
dressing and tape may be removed and you will be advised
regarding activity. You should be able to slowly resume
your regular diet as tolerated. The ESTIMATED time away
from work depends upon what was done and your job. If
you have a job which does not involve a great deal of
communication, you may be able to return to work within
a week or sooner. If you have a job where you must talk
a great deal then more time may be advisable. Please discuss
your job with the Doctor so you may obtain a better estimate
of time away from work.
Photographs will be taken before, possibly during and
after your surgery.
INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING CHIN ENLARGEMENT SURGERY
The following are general instructions that will give
you some idea as to the post operative care usually needed
after chin surgery. Your chin will be taped following
surgery. Do not remove the tape and reinforce it with
additional tape if needed. Do not get the tape wet, which
means no showers. We ask that you remain on a soft diet,
i.e.. no chewing until advised otherwise. You may eat soups,
liquids, soft sandwich such as tuna fish or egg salad
as examples, or foods that need with little chewing. In
most cases you will have dissolvable stitches on the inside
of your lower lip. You should rinse your mouth with salt
water (1/2 teaspoon in an 8oz glass of water) following
meals and as needed. If needed, you should gently remove
any food particles from the incision using a Q-tip. You
may brush your teeth if the brush is soft and you are
quite careful to keep the bristles away from the stitches.
The morning following surgery you should rinse your mouth
with two parts water and one part mouthwash, then rinse
again with water. Try not to talk excessively. Smoking,
with pursing or puckering of the lips is not advised immediately
You will be given prescriptions and/or asked to buy
over-the-counter medications following surgery. These
medications will be for swelling, discomfort and infection.
Please take all medicines as directed.
Signs of problems are severe pain, sudden swelling,
fever over 100.5, drainage after 36 hours, redness that
is increasing and tender, foul smelling drainage. We encourage
you to call us if you think you are developing a problem.
It is much easier to treat problems if they are early
as opposed to late. So call if you have questions or concerns.
You will be advised regarding activity, and should be
able to gradually resume your regular diet as tolerated.
You should take care not to hit or bump your chin. No
contact sports for one month. Activities such as walking
is ok but jogging or her treadmill walk is not as an example.
Again, if you have any questions, please call the office.
TYPES OF SURGERY TO ENLARGE THE CHIN
CHIN IMPLANT SURGERY
The most common procedures across the nation and globe
is chin implant surgery. An incision is made and the front
and sides of the bone of the chin are exposed usually
from the inside of the mouth. Then a chin implant of a
size agreed upon (the doctor has to make the final decision)
is put into place and may be sutured in place. No screws,
pins or wires are put in place. The wounds inside or outside
the mouth are closed with sutures and a dressing / tape
Usually the chin implant is made of silicone solid material.
I have not used the gel material that has been controversial
(see silicone). The material used has a long history of
use and approaches a material that is ideal in its characteristics
according to many experts. It is well tolerated by the
body. Reactions and true allergies are unproven but of
course could occur. As with your own tissue such as bone,
infection, 'rejection', loss of substance could occur.
If the implant should get infected it may be relatively
easily removed. To this date This has not occurred. The
number of complications with chin implants are much fewer
than bone surgery for chin enlargement and the problems
are more easily handled.
BONE - JAW ADVANCEMENT (PUSHING FORWARD) FOR CHIN ENLARGEMENT
If you have a significant problem with your "bite" then
you might consider repositioning of your jaw vs an implant.
This surgery necessitates being in braces with your jaws
wired. This is more involved surgery. The chances of bone
infection , nerve damage, lip problems and so forth are
greater than with an implant. However this is the surgery
that should be done if you have a significant underbite,
overbite, or other symptoms of malocclusion (teeth not
meeting together very well).
BONE - CHIN ADVANCEMENT (PUSHING FORWARD)
Another operation is chin (vs jaw) advancement. The
end of the chin is cut with a saw and then fixed in a
forward position by screws, wires or plates. This is more
involved surgery than a chin implant and has a greater
chance of problems and complications at least in the short
term and perhaps long term. A recent study lists some
of the problems encounter. These include infection, nerve
injury, slipping of bone, dissolving of the bone, problems
with the wires or screws used to hold the bone, etc. The
incision is longer for this operation. No wiring of the
jaw is needed in most cases. A bone graft may be needed
if the original bone dissolves.
In certain cases fat transfer can be used to increase
the projection of the chin. Fat can be obtained from the
neck when it is suctioned or it can be taken from ether
parts of the body. Usually the amount of projection provided
is not a lot but the operation is relatively very safe
and simple. Such a procedure allows one to see how an
implant or other operation might improve one's looks.
The draw back is that some of the fat will absorb and
less than the desired correction will be obtained.
NASAL - SEPTAL IMPLANT
In certain cases when nasal surgery is performed at
the same time as the chin surgery the material from the
nasal surgery can be used to increase chin projection.
The amount of projection depends on the amount of material
available i.e. the amount of bone obtained from the nose.
A small nose allows only a small amount of projection,
POROUS HYDROXY-APPETITE IMPLANTS
This implant is taken from either coral or cultured
appetite crystals. I have some experience with this material
and it is relatively simple to implant. The implant eventually
becomes incorporated as part of the bone. Infection, lack
of 'taking' of the graft, absorption etc can be problems.
I believe that eventually many more implants will be of
BANKED BONE -CARTILAGE GRAFTS
Bone can be obtained from human tissue (bone and cartilage)
donor. This is not part of my operative technique.
FASCIAL & FASCIAL-FAT GRAFTS
During face lift surgery, fascia or fascia and fat can
be used. Re-absorption (shrinking) is the most common problem.