Chin implants are used to strengthen the chin and bring balance to the face. The operation is done under a general anaesthetic (with you asleep) and a silicone chin implant is inserted through a small incision either inside the mouth or underneath the chin. The operation is relatively simple and safe, but there will be some bruising and swelling which can take up to 4 weeks to settle. This procedure is usually done as a day case ; meaning you can go home on the day of surgery.
The main risks involved are movement or displacement of the implant, which may require further surgery to correct, or rarely, the implant may get infected and need to be removed.
Some patients prefer to avoid an implant, in which case the chin can be strengthened by fat transfer to the chin. This is becoming a very popular technique.