Many people who undergo rhinoplasty do so not only because of a breathing problem or deformity, but because the nose does not fit the face or affects facial balance negatively. Rhinoplasty alone can be a great way to bring harmony to the facial features, but for some patients, the procedure alone is not enough to produce truly stellar results. For these patients, another procedure along with rhinoplasty could offer the best aesthetic outcome: a chin implant.
Aesthetically, combining rhinoplasty and chin augmentation is all about proportion. Patients who have an overly large nose and a weak chin might be disappointed with rhinoplasty alone, as a smaller nose draws more attention to an underdeveloped chin. Each case is different, of course, but some patients can benefit from more comprehensive balance through both nasal and chin surgery.
Other benefits to having both procedures performed at once include reduced cost, risk, and recovery time. If each procedure were performed during a separate surgery, two sets of anesthesia and surgical fees would be assessed, rather than one. While recovery time is not shortened through a dual procedure, having the surgeries at the same time allows for both recovery periods to occur simultaneously.
Backed by Research
The evidence for the success of this combination procedure isn’t just anecdotal. In 2013, Italian researchers reported findings that combining rhinoplasty with chin implant produces gave the most satisfactory results for patients.
In a study involving 90 patients, each of whom underwent a rhinoplasty and either chin augmentation or reduction, researchers found that after three years, many patients experienced little to no change in the size and shape of the chin, meaning the surgery proved stable. The results of the surgeries gave many patients the facial balance they had hoped for.
Despite the positive implications of the study, chin reshaping is not always the right choice for every patient. Patients seeking these surgeries should always seek the services of a dedicated facial plastic surgeon that has had success with each procedure. Rhinoplasty in particular is complicated, and surgeons need to have a combination of skill, artistry, and experience for a successful outcome.
Is the Surgery Right for You?
The decision to undergo plastic surgery is highly individual, and you should not let anyone pressure you into more than you are ready for. Consultations with prospective surgeons will allow you to verify your candidacy, evaluate your facial surgery options, and gain perspective on whether or not a rhinoplasty and chin augmentation is right for you.
For an honest and trustworthy opinion in Austin, Texas, come to Buckingham Center and meet with the acclaimed, double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham has received an array of honors and awards, and has the skill and experience to help a wide variety of patients achieve their surgical goals. Call Buckingham Center today at 512-401-2500 to schedule your consultation.