Many patients, both men and women, find their appearance can be dramatically improved by enhancements to the chin. A chin may be in a receding position in relation to the rest of the face. Or the chin line may be obscured by sagging skin due to aging or by fat layers that have accumulated under the chin. Chin correction procedures may involve one or more procedures depending on patient need. Dr. Sobel will design a specific procedure for each individual. Examples of various possible procedures follow.
In cases where the chin is simply recessive, an implant is used to bring the chin out to proper proportions. A small incision is made under the chin and a plastic implant specifically fitted for the patient is inserted. The procedure is relatively simple and results are immediate with minimum swelling and bruising.
The chins and jawlines of some patients are adequate, yet they may appear recessive due to excess fat under the chin and jaw. In these cases, the fat is removed through very small incisions and a liposculpture process. With the fat gone, the chin once again appears normal. If the chin is recessive and there is excess fat under the chin, both an implant and liposculpture may be combined in one procedure.
In the case of an aging face where skin has sagged under the chin line, a facelift will remove and tighten excess skin to bring out the chin. The facelift has the added benefit of rejuvenating the entire midface and neck areas. Sometimes, if the chin is naturally recessive, a chin implant will accompany the facelift in a single procedure.
Dr. Sobel may elect to use one or all three procedures described above to create the most pleasing result depending on each patient’s needs.