I have read that some chin augmentations involve removing bones from the chin. What type of people need this type of procedure? I’ve always felt that my chin is large but lacks definition. Could this be good for me?
Usually chin augmentation does not involve removing bones from the chin, but rather cutting the bone and repositioning it. The other method is to use an implant. There are two general techniques involved in moving the bone. One involves cutting and advancing the lower part of the jaw-bone not including the teeth and the other involves cutting the jaw farther back and including movement of the teeth. The later is used for individuals with malocclusion of their teeth where the top teeth are in front of the back teeth. Both of the bone cutting procedures are more often performed by oral surgeons. In our practice, we assess the patient’s bite to determine if a mandibular advancement is indicated. If so we will refer out to an oral surgeon. In most cases, the bite is normal and an implant is a much less invasive method to improve the appearance with less risk and down-time. A consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon will help determine which procedure is best for you.
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