Chin Enlargement and Reduction
For chin surgery, Dr. Ward tailors a surgical approach that is individualized for the patient. This procedure can range from the use of fillers to enlarge the chin, placement of an implant, or surgically moving the chin forward and/or down. Chin reduction can be performed by removing excess bone.
Before the Consultation
When choosing a surgeon to operate on any part, most experts would agree that experience is the most important factor to help maximize the chances of a good result. Many surgeons perform facial surgery and may even be board-certified to perform the procedure, but may not have had much training in the procedure. Ask your surgeon how many facial and neck procedures they performed in residency. There are many plastic surgery residency programs where the residents finish their training having performed only a few facial procedures. In addition, even if the surgeon received good facial plastics training, it may not be a central portion of their practice. For example, a plastic surgeon might perform many surgeries, but those surgeries might be mostly breast augmentation or liposuction, which are drastically different from facial plastic surgery. The bottom line is that you want to be sure your surgeon has the utmost training and experience in facial plastics. You should choose your facial plastic surgeon with the utmost care.
What to expect
The consultation is the chance for you and your surgeon to meet and get to know each other. This relationship is important for several reasons. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon to ensure that you are on the same page before surgery and that you will feel comfortable voicing any concerns or questions before and after the surgery.
Dr. Ward will evaluate your chin and talk to you about your desired results. He will give you honest and realistic expectations and inform you of any potential risks involved. These risks can vary based on each individual person so it is important to be honest and upfront during your consultation.
Follow up after the procedure is important and you will be seeing your surgeon frequently following the procedure. This is to help ensure that you are healing properly and that you are happy with your results. We are committed to making sure you heal properly and that you are happy with the result. If you are not happy, we want to know!
Prior to the procedure, you will have a pre-operative history and physical exam performed to ensure that there are no health concerns prior to your procedure. You will be given instructions on what to do before, during, and after the day of surgery and you will be given prescriptions for medications that you will need to take after the procedure.
In general, you should avoid anything with aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other medication, such as Advil, Motrin, any blood thinners, some herbal supplements etc for 3-4 weeks prior to the procedure and 2 weeks after the procedure. This helps reduce the bleeding during the procedure and the degree of bruising that you will have after the surgery.