Dr. Mark E. Chariker, M.D., FACS
Dr. Scott J. Rapp, M.D.
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Chin Augmentation for Women

Chin AugmentationThis operation is often performed at the time of rhinoplasty to help to balance the facial proportions. It may be combined with facelift, liposuction or other facial implants as well.Chin implants are made in various shapes and sizes. They are made out of both solid and semi-solid materials that have been used successfully for years. Although the results can be dramatic, the implants look very natural. Many people have reported that after their chin implant surgery, also known as chin augmentation, people tell them that they look better, but they can’t tell exactly why.

We most commonly use a Medpore implant to augment the chin.

Chin Augmentation
Chin Augmentation
Procedure Information

Initial Consultation

During the consultation, you’ll be able to talk to us about the changes you would like to make in your appearance. He will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, its risks and limitations and the costs.

Dr. Chariker and his staff will begin with a physical examination to evaluate your general health, your skin and your facial structure. He will also take down a complete medical history, including a record of any medications that you are currently taking.

It is important that you tell your surgeon if you are prone to heavy scarring. Be sure to ask all the questions you have about the surgery and ask to see photos of the doctor’s recent patients, before and after surgery. Also ask for and follow up on, patient references. Learning everything you can about your options, risks and benefits is the key to making an informed decision.

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Description of the Operation

Most often, an incision is made inside the lower lip, or under the chin. An implant of the desired size and shape is then placed inside the chin. If the incision is inside the mouth, it is closed with sutures (stitches) that later dissolve. If the incision is under the chin, removable sutures are used. At the end of the surgery, the chin is often taped to minimize swelling. The duration of the operation is less than one hour.

Location of the FacilityThis operation is most often performed under IV sedation as an out-patient procedure. Dr. Chariker usually performs this procedure at the Louisville Surgery Center, a private licensed ambulatory surgery center.

Recovery Process

If sutures (stitches) are used, they will be removed within a week of the surgery. Most people return to work within a week following the surgery. At first, you should avoid strenuous activities, but exercise can be resumed in about two weeks. If incisions are made inside the mouth, you may be placed on a liquid diet for several days until there is adequate healing to allow for chewing and food particles to come in contact with the stitches.