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Facial implants are the use of synthetic implants in the face to improve the balance in the facial features. The implants are used to augment or emphasize particular facial features. Chin implants are performed on someone who has a small or retrusive chin. A small chin can cause the corners of the mouth to turn down and create an unhappy facial expression. A small chin and jaw by not providing support to the overlying tissue can also cause the jowls to descend more emphasizing the signs of aging.
The ideal position for the chin on profile view is along a line dropped from the junction of the red and white part of the lower lip called the vermillion border. The chin can also be thought to be on a line from the most prominent point of the forehead to the chin when the orbital rim is parallel to the floor. Augmentation of the chin can also alter the proportions and relative emphasis of other facial features. A large nose can be given the illusion of looking smaller by augmenting a small chin. Chin implants can be performed alone or in conjunction with rhinoplasty in Palo Alto / San Jose. Performing a chin implant with a rhinoplasty allows less reduction of the nasal structures to create a more natural and long-lasting result.
Chin implants are not only used to augment the chin size, they can also be used to improve the depressions around the chin referred to as the pre-jowl sulcus. These shadows can give a sad or angry appearance to the face. By augmenting the pre-jowl sulcus Dr. Hessler can minimize this depression.
The surgery is performed at our fully equipped and accredited facial cosmetic surgery San Jose / Palo Alto facility. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with light sedation if you are undergoing the chin implant alone or with general anesthesia if the surgery is performed with rhinoplasty or other nose or facial cosmetic surgery, such as brow lift or facelift in San Francisco. Dr. Jill Hessler will describe the procedure in detail and recommend the optimal sizing of the chin implant to create balance in your facial features for a natural appearance.