Chin augmentation involves shaping the chin region of the face. Often, this procedure accompanies rhinoplasty (nose surgery) to create a balanced profile of the face. Dr. Harris creates facial symmetry and proportion through delicate changes. This may involve creating a stronger jaw line or balancing a subtle one.
Many individuals seeking chin augmentation are bothered by a weak or receding chin or are looking to create better balance with the other facial features, particularly the nose.
Dr. Harris performs the chin augmentation surgery at the Surgery Center of Chevy Chase, a fully accredited surgical facility that is located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and convenient to all metro Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas. Local or general anesthesia may be used for the chin augmentation surgery. Once the anesthesia is administered, a small incision is made either beneath the chin or on the inside of the lower lip. The doctor will the insert an implant through the incision and situate it over the jawbone. Surgical times for chin augmentation generally average thirty minutes to an hour.
Patients are generally able to return to work within one week of their chin augmentation procedure, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for several weeks or longer.