Many people consider a facelift when they want a solution to sagging skin, lines, wrinkles, and loss of facial contours. While a facelift can correct many of these problems, it often does not correct the appearance of the chin, which can lose volume and shape over time.
Chin implants can provide long-lasting, safe enhancement to the chin and jaw area. However, not everyone needs chin enhancement. Should you have a facelift, and should you have it with or without chin augmentation? Dr. Stein will help you decide which will give you the best results.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift tightens and lifts the skin and underlying tissues to give you a natural-looking appearance while enhancing contours, lifting sagging skin, and smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Stein’s years of experience had made him a premier facelift surgeon who provides stunning but completely natural-looking results.
What is Chin Augmentation?
A well-shaped chin can enhance the appearance of the lower face and give you a stronger, more shapely profile. If you feel that you have a weak chin or one that doesn’t project forward enough, a silicone chin implant can be placed into the chin area through an invisible incision inside the lip. This implant will give the chin increased volume and projection.
Should I Have a Facelift With or Without Chin Augmentation?
During your consultation, you and Dr. Stein will discuss whether or not you desire an enhanced chin along with the improvements of a facelift. Advantages include being able to have both procedures performed while only going under anesthesia once, as well as seeing an even more dramatic improvement in your facial features.
However, not everyone wants or needs chin augmentation. Some people have no concerns with the current shape of their chin, and even with other areas of the face adjusted with a facelift, they do not feel a need to augment the chin. Your chin shape depends largely on bone structure, so the skin and tissue rearrangement of a facelift should not cause significant changes to the chin unless you choose augmentation.
What is a Facelift with Chin Augmentation Like?
Dr. Stein performs facelifts on the lower face, midface, or entire face. Depending on the area, the incisions will nearly disappear behind the ear in the hairline. You will be under anesthetic during the procedure and will feel nothing. Dr. Stein will readjust the tissues and skin, lifting them to a more youthful and sculpted position.
If you have chosen chin augmentation, Dr. Stein will then turn his attention to your chin and place the implant inside the chin. This takes very little time compared to the facelift but still carries risks just like any other procedure.
You can go home after a period of observation, but you will need someone to drive you and help you with your daily tasks for a day or two while you recover. Swelling, bruising, and soreness from a facelift often require a few days of prescription medications followed by over-the-counter pain relief.
How Much Will These Procedures Cost?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an average facelift costs about $8000, and an average chin implant costs about $3200. These costs do not include expenses such as anesthesia, hospital fees, medications, and others. You may reduce these costs somewhat by having the facelift and chin augmentation together, preventing two sets of fees for some services.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift with Chin Augmentation?
If you have sagging or loose skin on your face that makes you look older, you may be a good candidate. Let Dr. Stein know during your consultation if you have any history of bleeding or clotting problems or if you are pregnant or nursing.
What is Recovery Like?
Dr. Stein has perfected his technique to minimize bruising and discomfort after surgery. However, you can expect a few weeks of recovery time where your face may still look swollen. You will have follow-up appointments scheduled with Dr. Stein so he can follow the progress of your recovery and make sure you heal well.
What Results Will I See From My Facelift With Chin Augmentation?
A facelift with chin augmentation provides a lifted, sculpted appearance with a stronger, more prominent chin that matches and complements your facial features. While a facelift can tighten and lift the skin around the cheeks or jaw to enhance your natural contours, improving the shape of your chin will rely on either temporary fillers or a long-term silicone implant.
Overall, you will appear younger, with stronger, firmer features and smoother skin. Lines and wrinkles will smooth away as the skin lifts, and areas of sagging or drooping become contoured and shapely.
Take the Next Step
Are you interested in a facelift or chin augmentation? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stein at Stein Plastic Surgery based in Raleigh, NC today! Simply fill out the form on this page or give us a call at (919) 261-7099.
*Individual results may vary.