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Shahin Javaheri, MD

Over 20 Years of Experience

Excellence in Plastic Surgery

Chin Implants In San Francisco

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About Chin Implant Surgery

A chin implant can improve and enhance your facial contours and bolster your self-esteem. For most people, the procedure will help provide a more harmonious balance to their face and features.

Plastic surgeons will often perform chin implants to bring better balance to the features of younger patients. For instance, a teenage girl may want her chin brought forward so that these traits are better proportioned to the rest of her face. Many patients undergo the procedure to correct an underdeveloped chin in order to have a more structured and “chiseled” look to their facial features. This surgery can have a dramatic effect on a patient’s profile.

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Are You a Candidate for Chin Implant Surgery?

Almost anyone who is unhappy with the current shape, size, or position of his or her chin is a suitable candidate for the procedure. However, it is important for anyone considering a chin implant to have a realistic expectation about what the procedure can and cannot do to enhance one’s appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Javaheri will discuss the potential optionswith you and provide an honest assessment of what the postoperative results may yield. In many cases, it is helpful to provide Dr. Javaheri with photos of people who have facial features similar to those you would like to have.

At the time of your consultation, Dr. Javaheri will also ask you about your general medical history, specifically pertaining to any medical conditions that could cause problems during or after your surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or a tendency to form excessive scars.

If you are a smoker you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Regular smoking constricts blood vessels resulting in decreased blood flow to a given area, which can prevent normal healing.

About the Operation

Insertion of a chin implant usually takes thirty minutes to an hour. Prior to surgery, Dr. Javaheri will select the size and shape of your implant. A small incision is used to create a pocket over the front of the jawbone, and the implant is then inserted inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or in the skin just under the chin area.

In most cases, the procedure is normally performed on an outpatient basis and only requires a local anesthetic combined with a sedative. However, in some cases, general anesthesia may be recommended.

What to Expect After the Surgery

After surgery, the chin is usually taped to minimize swelling and discomfort. Sutures in the skin will be removed in five to seven days. If an intra-oral incision is used, the sutures will dissolve.

Your Recovery

You will experience some discomfort and swelling in the affected area for several days. It is normal to temporarily experience some difficulty with smiling and talking. Black and blue marks may be visible around the chin and neck. Dr. Javaheri will instruct you about dental hygiene, eating, and any restrictions to your activities after surgery.

You must be especially gentle with your face and hair since your skin may be tender and numb; especially any activity that may result in the face being jarred or bumped. You must also avoid strenuous physical labor and activity including sex for several weeks.

Possible Complications

Individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities, so the outcome is never completely predictable. As with any surgical procedure, the risk of infection is always a possibility. This can be minimized by the preventative administration of antibiotics both at the time of your surgery and while in recovery. However, on occasion, mild infection can occur and is relatively common, although it usually subsides after two weeks.

One of the most common complications involves the facial implant shifting slightly out of alignment. If this occurs, a second operation would be required to return the implant to its proper position.

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Patient Testimonials

  • “Thank you, in appreciation to your supreme dedication to duty. The surgery went well! Thank you very much.”
    – MF

    - MF

  • “Everyday I see more change and improvement. The clock is turned back and it’s like I get a 2nd chance. Rather like a mini-magical miracle so…thank you. Thank you for your excellent work. I send you a little dance of gratitude.” – D

    - D

  • “I would like to say THANK YOU to Dr. Javaheri for my surgery. I received excellent service. He explained everything he was doing step by step which help ease my mind.”- P

    - P

  • “I was sorry to cause you to make an unneeded trip to Alta Bates yesterday. Thank you for the excellent care you are providing to Deborah.”- AE

    - AE

  • “Thank you so much for your consideration and helpfulness in my face dilemma. I sincerely appreciate what you have done for me. THANK YOU!”- MR

    - MR

  • “I came to you with a very uncomfortable feeling about a part of my stomach area. I have always wanted to have this procedure take care of but did not. After making that one phone call to your office and visiting you and your staff, everyone made me feel completely satisfied that I had found the right person to make this change in my life. I can go on and on but basically you have personally made a great change for me. You were completely gentle and very honest with me. I am very happy I had this procedure done by you. Thank you! Even in the hospital you made it all better knowing I was scared and nervous. You’re great! Thank you again.” – DB

    - DB

  • “There are no words I can express to you how thankful I am for the wonderful job you did on my surgery. I feel 10 pounds lighter. I am and always will be eternally grateful.”

    - F

  • “You did a wonderful job on my breast! I have never looked and felt better. My breasts were very big and I feel a hundred times better in my appearance now. Dr. Javaheri is very kind and does great work. I will never forget what he has done for me!” – LB

    - LB

  • “I wanted to say thank you so much for the best tummy tuck. My husband and I are so very pleased. We look at my tummy often and cannot believe it’s mine. Dr. Javaheri, you are a man with high excellence and much gentleness. Rosh, you are a woman of much grace and joy. Thank you both so very much for everything, especially my new tummy.”

    - Most Grateful Oct ’04

  • “Hi all, I wanted to send a thank you for all you guys did for me. I’m so thrilled. Everyone was so kind and knowledgeable and just plain fun. That really helped me get over being nervous and shy about the whole thing. Your experience really shines. I attached a picture of my new chest with a shirt I’m wearing that made me think of y’all!”

    “I have had 3 procedures so far with Dr. Javaheri, they are: tummy tuck with lower body lift, arms & breast reduction , and legs & gluteus maximus lift. My upcoming surgery is a face lift procedure. All these procedures are following weight loss surgery procedure called Gastric Bypass whereby I lost nearly 300 lbs. Dr. Javaheri performed all of my plastic & reconstructive surgeries to a great success. I am very pleased by the results. He even came to the office on a Sunday to deal with a small complication I had following one of my surgeries. It is so unusual to find a surgeon who cares so much about his patients; and an office staff that are so capable.”

    - PB

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