Facial plast Surg 2000; Volume 16(Number 1): 45-54
DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-7325
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Chin Augmentation

Kyle S. Choe1 , Suzanne U. Stucki-McCormick2
  • 1Resident in Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY.
  • 2Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016, and Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY.
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Publication Date:
31 December 2000 (online)

ABSTRACT

The primary goal of facial aesthetic surgery is to restore, enhance, and rejuvenate the aging face to a more youthful appearance, achieving balance and harmony. The mental area must be addressed in order to have a complete synthesis of the face. The concept of augmenting the mental area with implants has evolved so significantly that it now stands by itself as an important procedure. Various autogenous implants for chin augmentation have been in use for over 100 years but have complications. The advent of synthetic materials has given rise to various types of alloplastic implants: Gore-Tex, Medpor, Supramid, Silastic, and Mersilene. No one implant is perfect for every face. This article overviews several alloplastic implants-their advantages, disadvantages, and complications, in addition to the different techniques of preparing and delivering the implants.