Facial harmony is a concept that often goes unnoticed in those who are satisfied with their appearance. It’s not uncommon, though, to lack symmetry in your face that causes you to take issue with the way you look.
When you require balance on your face, it’s often the result of one or two features that are too large or small for your facial construct. The nose and chin are typical culprits of such a cosmetic issue.
Along with rhinoplasty and liposuction, chin augmentation can significantly change the structure of the face, providing a balance that improves your appearance. Dr Ritz uses a silicone implant that he places atop the bone and underneath the muscle to add depth to the face.
To learn more about your candidacy for chin augmentation, it’s beneficial to come in for a consultation. Dr Ritz can explain the procedure to you, including what you can expect during surgery and afterward while you recover.
You will discuss the risks involved in surgery and assess your medical history to determine whether you are healthy enough for a chin augmentation. Dr Ritz will also work with you to choose the right shape and size for your implant using a 3D Vectra imaging machine. Three-dimensional imaging allows you to view before and after images of your face to give you a better idea of the surgical outcome.
Once you have chosen the proper implant and fully understand the procedure, Dr Ritz will develop a treatment plan that encompasses your cosmetic needs and goals. Two weeks before your surgery, you will come in for a second consultation to review your surgery again and go over any additional questions you may have.
During the surgery
To ensure thorough preparation for your surgery, you should admit to the hospital 30 minutes beforehand. Dr Ritz will mark the treatment area and you will also speak with an anaesthetist who can explain the beginning steps of surgery.
The incision for a chin augmentation is usually placed either inside of the mouth, between the lower gum line and the bottom lip or underneath the chin. Dr Ritz will create a pocket within the chin and insert a sizer to make room for the implant. Afterward, he will place the implant and close your incision with sutures.
You will be transferred to a private hospital room where you can recover for a few hours. You are not required to stay overnight but you may choose to if it makes you feel more comfortable. When you are ready, you can return home.
Post operative care
You will experience some swelling immediately after surgery which will limit your ability to drive. It’s also important that you refrain from any physical activity, including heavy lifting, for up to six weeks or at the discretion of Dr Ritz. As you continue to recover, you will see Dr Ritz for follow up appointments to assess the progress of your surgery.
How long does the surgery take?
Approximately 1 hour.
Can I do it just as a day case?
Yes it is usually only done as day surgery.
How long do I have to take off work?
Approximately 1 week depending on the job.
When can I drive?
After approximately 48 hours.
How long until I can exercise?
Not for at least 4 weeks.
Can I choose what implant and size I want?Where is the incision placed?
Yes, with the help of the Dr Ritz, he will advise what he feels is best suited to you.
Where is the incision placed?
It depends on the person, either through the mouth or under then chin, Mr Ritz will advise what he feels is best for you.
How much does the surgery cost?
It depends on what is required, the type of implant chosen and hospital and anaesthetic fees, please contact us for a rough quote.