Those who are lucky enough to have a strong chin probably don't think about it very often. But many people who have an underdeveloped chin structure certainly do. It's not pleasant to have your chin characterized as "weak." It's frustrating when your otherwise attractive face is undermined by a receding chin. And fair or unfair, some people make a leap in judgment — weak chin, weak personality. That's why so many men and women choose chin augmentation in San Francisco from Dr. David Mabrie.
As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializing in cosmetic surgery of the head and neck, Dr. Mabrie understands very well how important our facial features are to our overall satisfaction with our looks. He works with men and women from throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Pinole. Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 today.
Before & After
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you generally feel pretty good about yourself but you have an undersized chin that causes you to feel unhappy with your appearance, you could be a good candidate for chin augmentation. If you're also considering nose surgery or a facelift, you may very well find that getting a chin implant at the same time will balance your face and give you that strong profile and "finished" look you've been seeking.
The Surgeon For You
Dr. David Mabrie offers:
- Double board certification
- Excellent training & experience
- Specialization in the face and neck
- A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
How Will I Look?
Facial plastic surgery is successful when subtle changes to your appearance bring about a more attractive you. A slight but important change is what you can expect from chin augmentation. You and your loved ones may notice your stronger chin, but some of your friends may not.
Even more important is the way a procedure like chin augmentation can impact how you feel about yourself. By balancing your other facial features, a chin implant can give you a handsome profile more in line with what's considered classically attractive in our society. If you've struggled with a "weak" chin, augmentation will likely give your self-esteem a meaningful boost.
How Is Chin Augmentation Performed?
Dr. Mabrie uses chin implants to strengthen the chin and bring it into better harmony with the rest of your face. Chin implants have a good record for safety and patient satisfaction.
The first step is to decide what size implant to use. Then during surgery, a small incision is made under your chin. Dr. Mabrie performs chin augmentation with this small incision under the chin instead of using an incision inside the mouth because it decreases the risk of infection. The implant is placed and secured with a few stitches.
Dr. Mabrie performs chin augmentation in a hospital setting. He performs most San Francisco plastic surgery procedures at California Pacific Medical Center. In the East Bay, Dr. Mabrie performs chin augmentations at Doctors' Medical Center in San Pablo and Canyon Surgery Center. The procedure takes between 60 and 90 minutes.
Chin augmentation entails few risks, but Dr. Mabrie will ensure you're aware of possible risks and complications as you plan your procedure.
Dr. Mabrie performs chin augmentation surgery with silastic implants of different sizes and shapes depending on the shape of the patient's face and the amount of augmentation required.
Chin Augmentation Recovery
|Bandages||Suture Removal||restaurant ready*||75%||100%|
|2-4 days||5-7 days||7-10 days||3-4 weeks||2-3 months|
What Is the Recovery Like?
After the surgery Dr. Mabrie will place a small bandage over your chin. He'll remove it two to four days later. You will return home the day of your surgery but you'll need to wait to resume normal activities until a week later. You'll need to avoid strenuous exercise for 3 weeks and contact sports for 6 weeks.
While your discomfort should be minimal and easily controlled with medication, you may have some trouble chewing at first. You'll want to plan to eat soft foods for about a week. After several weeks, you won't be able to feel the implant at all because it assumes the consistency and feel of your own tissue.