I’m scheduled for chin augmentation surgery in 3 weeks. What do I need to know about caring for my incisions post-op?
Chin implant surgery is a relatively simple procedure. It can be performed in approximately one-half hour and often does not require general anesthetic. We provide sedation anesthetic so that you have little recall of the procedure and you’re able to go home the same day. It will often have a light compressive dressing that’s applied onto the face within the first 24 hours, and then this can be removed. The incision is approximately 1 inch in length and is most often placed near a crease beneath the chin. Implants can also be placed from an incision inside of the mouth. We prefer an extra oral incision or an incision beneath the chin to decrease the risk of infection, and often we carry out a limited amount of liposuction then place the implant in order to provide the most ideal. It can be both carried out through the same small incision. Sutures are often dissolvable, and one can wear a Band-Aid for a few days after surgery. Wound care consists of cleansing the wound twice a day with peroxide and then applying a bland ointment to the incision line. If the sutures have not dissolved within a week, they’re easily removed in the office.
About the Surgeon
Dr. Peter Hilger has been performing facial cosmetic surgery in Edina, Minnesota for over 25 years. With thousands of cosmetic procedures performed, his breadth of knowledge and talent is unmatched. Learn more about our Peter Hilger plastic surgeon