Chin implants enhance the definition and profile of the chin. Made of alloplastic materials such as silicone, chin implants are inserted through a small incision, which can be manipulated and positioned to produce exact results.
Once placed, a chin implant will likely last for a lifetime. It should not shift, slip out of place, migrate, or change positions. This can help the chin to retain a more defined and youthful appearance as you age.
Facial fat grafting uses fat from another area of your body to build up and improve the contours of the face. Often used to add volume to cheeks or hollow tear troughs, facial fat grafting can also enhance jaw definition and improve the appearance of a weak or recessed chin.
Facial fat grafting may require more than one treatment, but once results have been obtained, they can last for decades. In addition, because there is no implant, results may look and feel more natural than other types of chin augmentation.
Improvement with chin implants is instantaneous. Some swelling and bruising may obscure results for a few days, but as these things subside, your results will be noticeable. By comparison, fat grafting may take several weeks or even months to produce final results.
However, one significant advantage facial fat grafting has over chin implants is the additional sculpting it offers for another area of the body. Because the fat for grafting comes from your own body, typically from the abdomen, thighs, or flanks, facial fat grafting can help tone and define other areas of the body. What’s more, fat transfer can be used to add volume to the breasts, which can be done at the same time as fat transfer to the face to help reduce overall recovery time.
Which Option is Right for You?
Both facial fat grafting and chin implants offer a reliable, long-lasting, and safe option for facial enhancement. Which is right for your needs depends on your desires, the amount of correction being performed, and other factors unique to you. Call Dr. Brueck at 239-939-5233 to schedule a consultation and learn which treatment will produce the best results.
Dr. Brueck is a board-acetified plastic surgeon with offices in Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda, and Cape Coral. He welcomes patients from all surrounding Florida communities.