Chin Implants

Description

Dr. Lev uses chin implants to improve and enhance the patient's profile if they have a "weak" chin. Dr. Lev will assess whether or not you are a good candidate for a chin implant when he sees the photos you send and confirm his assessment when he sees you in person at your consultation appointment which happens the day prior to your surgery.

The chin implant surgery is performed with local anesthesia and sedation. Insertion of a chin implant may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During the procedure, the surgeon selects the proper size and shape implant to enhance your appearance and inserts it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. Usually, the chin is taped after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort. Sutures in the skin will be removed in five to seven days.

If you choose to add a chin implant to your facelift surgery, the cost will be $1600 added to the facelift your facelift and will be done in the same surgery under the same general anesthesia.

If you just want the chin implant and nothing else, it will cost $2600 and is done at the clinic under local sedation.

Recovering From Surgery

You will experience some discomfort and swelling in the affected area for several days.

It's normal to experience some temporary difficulty with smiling and talking. Black and blue marks may be visible around the chin and neck. Swelling is sometimes significant immediately following surgery, usually peaking 24 to 48 hours afterward. Although most of the significant swelling will subside over a period of several days, prolonged mild swelling may prevent your final facial contour from becoming apparent for several post-post op.

Please stay in Costa Rica seven days after your surgery.

Complications

All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. Chin implants can produce some remarkable changes. Problems rarely occur, but you need to be informed about such possibilities.

A chin implant can shift slightly out of alignment and in rare cases, a second operation may be necessary to replace it to its proper position. Infection can occur with any operation. If infection were to occur around a facial implant and did not clear up after treatment with antibiotics, the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time.

Chin Implants are made of a solid silicone. Currently, there is no scientific evidence that this is a harmful substance.