While we’ve all been basically stuck in our house or apartment over this oddest of springs and summers, chances are you’ve been watching lots of old movies on Netflix or AMC. You may have come across an old western or even Sparticus featuring the famous actor Kirk Douglas. And you no doubt were impressed by the chiseled chin of Kirk Douglas. It’s as famous as any role he ever played.
That chin was then and remains the type of chin all men long to have. Unfortunately, many of us have what could be deemed “weak” chins, with not as much projection or as impressive a profile as we’d like.
But these days you can do something about it. You can have chin implants with one of our four talented plastic surgeons at Elite Plastic Surgery. Here’s how it works.
Why chin augmentation?
The goal of chin implant surgery is to reshape the chin to improve its overall appearance by enhancing or reducing it. Dermal fillers can provide some of these effects on a temporary basis, but chin surgery gives a patient a stronger, more prominent chin permanently. Many patients have chin augmentation performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty, as the chin and nose can each affect the visual proportion of the other. We perform these procedures at the same time in these cases.
What happens in chin implant surgery?
Men usually want to beef up their chins, to make them more prominent with a sharper side profile. They opt to have chin augmentation. There are several options available for the patient. Our surgeons can make the chin wider or lengthen it to make it appear stronger and more visible. To do this, silicone implants are added to change the profile of the chin. There is an incredible assortment of chin implant sizes and shapes; often more than one implant is used.
In the surgery, we usually are able to make any necessary incisions inside the patient’s mouth to eliminate any visible scarring. This can be predicated upon the size and rigidity of the implant, however. It’s important that the implant not shift position, so we affix it to the bone or the surrounding tissues, or a pocket is created to precisely accommodate the implant.
Chin surgery is generally very straightforward and performed on an outpatient basis. There are also temporary augmentation options using dermal fillers to build up the chin. These results, however, only last around six months to a year and then the injections need to be repeated. The results are not as pronounced, although this can give a patient an opportunity to, in effect, demo a new chin before opting to have augmentation surgery.
Want to have a chin like the one you were envying in that Kirk Douglas movie the other night? Call the team at Elite Plastic Surgery, (616) 459-1907, to schedule a consultation.