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What to expect from recovery after chin surgery

what to expect from recovery after chin surgery

A chin augmentation surgery is a relatively common and not too complicated treatment. But as with all surgical procedures, the operation requires some time afterwards to heal in order to achieve the best results. In this blog post, we’ll explain what you can expect from the recovery period.

A day case

A chin augmentation is normally a day case, which means you will go home the same evening as your surgery. The surgery, consisting of placing a silicone implant into the jaw through a small incision below your neck, usually takes about 45 minutes and is performed under general anaesthesia. Afterwards, you will be closely monitored by nurses, making sure you feel alright. With just a small piece of tape covering the wound you will then begin your recovery period. Directly after surgery, you will be able to see the first results from the chin augmentation.

The scar will be almost invisible

The stitches used for chin augmentation are dissolvable, which means you won’t have to return to the hospital to have them removed. Normally, the scars are very well placed and not in any visible parts of the face. Sometimes, surgeons can choose to put the chin implant in through an incision inside the mouth, but with this comes a significant risk of infection and other problems. The scars underneath the chin will be just as small and non-visible, which makes it much safer. It’s also better for recovery and the best final outcome.

Take a few days off work

After a chin augmentation, some minor bruising and swelling around the face and neck is expected, but there won’t be any significant pain. Normally, you will however be recommended to take about 5-7 days off work, just to make sure most of the obvious aftermath from surgery will have decreased. The wound in the chin will take about 10 days up to 2 weeks to heal, but it can take up to 6 months for the swelling to go down and for the small scars to heal and fade into your skin tone completely.

If you want to find out more about the recovery from chin surgery, and what to expect from the whole procedure process, you can download our guide on the subject: Chin & neck surgery – how does it work?