The invasiveness of a chin augmentation procedure depends upon the extent of work Dr. Preminger must perform in order to achieve the optimal, expected result. For some patients, an implantation is all that is required to round out the chin and jawline. For others, it may be necessary to reposition bones prior to inserting the chin implant – which will require a longer procedure and heavier sedation.
In the former, less extensive procedure, Dr. Preminger will likely place the patient under general anesthesia prior to making an incision either inside the patient’s mouth or along the patient’s upper chin area. From there, a “pocket” is created in front of the chin bone and the implant is placed.
Chin implants are made out of silicon, Teflon, Dacron, or actual bone – and the device is attached to the bone with either sutures or screws. Lastly, the incision is sutured shut.
If the procedure will require a repositioning of the patient’s bone, Dr. Preminger will order general anesthesia prior to making an incision inside the mouth along the bottom gum line. A bone saw or chisel is then used to make a cut through the jaw bone itself, which is then repositioned and screwed in place. This procedure takes between one and three hours, and does not result in any visible scarring.