A chin implant is most commonly used to add or alter the shape of a person's chin to create a better balance and proportion with their facial features. However it can also be used to add fullness in an under-projected or receding chin. Most chin implants are made from solid silicone or a material called Medpore.
The medical term used to surgically enhance the chin is called a 'chin augmentation' and it is a specialised procedure. It can also be referred to as a 'chin correction'.
Chin augmentation requires careful planning to achieve a result which is proportional to the rest of the face. The most common request from patients is to increase the projection of the chin. Since an analysis of facial proportions is very important, this surgery is often carried out in conjunction with a Rhinoplasty (nose surgery). Occasionally, contouring of the neck can enhance the profile of the chin and therefore liposuction under the chin or on the neck may be carried out in combination with the implant.
London based plastic surgeon, Mr Chana, will discuss the chin augmentation process in full detail at your initial consultation. He will also explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different implant materials and what will suit you best.