I’ve heard that rhinoplasty is often combined with chin augmentation. Why is this? What is the benefit and is it safe to perform the two procedures at the same time?
Rhinoplasty is often combined with chin augmentation. One of the reasons that patients come in requesting rhinoplasty is because they feel they have a big bump on their nose or that their nose is too big and doesn’t fit their face. On careful profile analysis, it becomes obvious with the aid of computer imaging, that it is not just the nose that is too big but rather a weak chin that is creating the illusion of a much bigger bump or nose. By enhancing the chin, the nose takes on a more natural appearance in proportion to the rest of the face and the bump seems to almost disappear. When combined with rhinoplasty, a more natural rhinoplasty result can be achieved. All too often, when this important profile analysis is overlooked, too much of the nose is reduced potentially creating an unnatural appearance, and eve n worse, breathing problems. Chin augmentation is safe. A small incision is made under chin and a silastic (solid silicone) implant is inserted over the jaw line. Once it is healed, the person has no outward sign or sensation of an implant being in place. The risk of infection is very small.