Custom Jaw and Chin Implants
The chiseled jawline and chins of Hollywood’s leading celebrities are now achievable for individuals who are deficient in these areas. Aesthetic facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason Champagne, offers state-of-the-art custom jaw and chin implants made to enhance your individual anatomy with an extremely natural look. For many years, standard implants have been available in various sizes, but inevitably, they must be shaved intraoperatively to best fit individual anatomy. Even with shaving of the implant, however, standard implants are not exact because of the variable contours of the jaw. Now, this problem can be avoided. Utilizing the latest in 3-D CT scan technology and computer imaging, Dr. Champagne personally designs an implant that fits every curve and crevice of your jawbone like a puzzle piece. A specialized computer program allows Dr. Champagne to create a blueprint of an implant that can be manipulated in all three dimensions to change the height, width and depth at any point to achieve your goals. The blueprint is then used to manufacture a one-of-a-kind customized implant that fits your anatomy like a glove and will give you a completely natural-appearing chin and jaw enhancement. This procedure has an extremely high patient satisfaction rate and can be one of the most significant improvements to a person’s appearance.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR CUSTOM JAW AND CHIN IMPLANTS?
- Someone who has a weak jaw and/or chin seeking to improve and enhance the width, length and/or shape of the jaw and jaw angle or entire chin/jaw structure to bring the face into better harmony
- Someone who is seeking to correct facial asymmetry resulting from injury or congenital conditions
- Someone seeking to rejuvenate their facial structure by restoring contour to the jaw and/or chin that has become deficient due to aging
- Someone who is in good general health, has normal teeth and jaw function and has realistic goals and expectations
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION:
Dr. Champagne will review your medical history and perform a physical exam. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Talk about any medications you are currently taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you have had. It is extremely important to tell us if you are allergic to any medications. To determine your treatment options and candidacy for a customized chin and jaw implant, Dr. Champagne will examine and measure areas of your face including your teeth and bite to determine overall symmetry and balance. In addition, you will take photographs for your medical record. During your consultation, Dr. Champagne will discuss with you your reasons for wanting jaw and chin augmentation and what your expectations are in terms of appearance after the procedure. Dr. Champagne then uses your photos combined with computer imaging during your consultation to provide you with a simulation of anticipated results.
PREPARING FOR CUSTOM JAW AND CHIN IMPLANT SURGERY:
Our office staff will be able to assist you in scheduling an appointment to have your CT scan performed. Depending on your age and general health, certain preoperative tests may be necessary. We will discuss these with you and be sure that they are performed prior to undergoing surgery. If you are a smoker, Dr. Champagne will recommend that you stop smoking both before surgery and during your recovery period as smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. In addition, smoking increases the risk of tissue damage. By stopping smoking, you will improve your ability to heal and optimize your postoperative results. If you need help quitting smoking, we will be happy to assist you. Certain medications will need to be avoided both before and after surgery such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding. We will provide you with a list of all medications to be avoided. For the day of surgery, you should also make plans for someone to bring you to and from the surgical center and stay with you at least the first night afterwards. If a caregiver is not available, or if you prefer to recover in privacy, our office staff will be happy to schedule postoperative care for you with our world-class postoperative care facility.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY?
Customized chin and jaw implants are placed through incisions inside the mouth as well as a small, usually 1 cm incision under the chin. A soft diet is required for the first week after surgery, and sutures placed in the mouth during surgery will dissolve on their own. Small sutures under the chin are removed after 5 days. Swelling is expected postoperatively. The majority of swelling will resolve over the first three to four weeks, but as with any procedure that results in swelling, final results may not be seen for up to 9 months. Bruising, if it occurs, typically resolves within two weeks. Mild to moderate discomfort can be expected for a day or two and is controlled with prescription medication. Antibiotics are also prescribed for 1 week after surgery. You will most likely be mobile the day of your surgery and should be able to return to normal activity within the first week, but strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided for two full weeks.
OTHER BENEFICIAL PROCEDURES:
Patients who will attain the best results are those who have realistic goals and expectations of the procedure. Individuals who undergo custom chin and jaw augmentation may also benefit from cheek implants, a facelift, neck lift, neck liposuction and/or fat transfer to the face to correct volume loss. Rhinoplasty is also a complimentary procedure to customized chin and jaw augmentation as it can help to balance your facial features.
SCHEDULE A PERSONALIZED, CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION:
Please contact Dr. Jason Champagne to schedule a personalized, confidential consultation with our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason Champagne. During your consultation, Dr. Champagne will address your goals and answer any questions you may have regarding customized chin and jaw implants or any other procedure we offer.