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Customized Chin Implant or Augmentation

The shape and position of your chin can have a powerful effect on overall facial aesthetics. Your facial profile, nose proportion and neck may appear exaggerated with a small or recessed chin. A subtle change in the chin size, shape and position can dramatically improve overall facial balance.

Dr. Ricciardelli has over 25 years of facial surgery experience and keenly aware of what is crucial in achieving a natural looking chin. “A small implant inserted under the skin can bring facial harmony. It’s very important to take a conservative approach with the implant.” says Dr. Ricciardelli. There is no substitution for experience and understanding when you are considering facial surgery. No two faces are alike and Dr. Ricciardelli’s approach to your surgery will depend on the degree of change needed.

Not Ready for Surgery?

Dr. Ricciardelli is often able to achieve excellent results with Dermal fillers. Learn more about non-surgical Chin Augmentation.

Is Chin Implant surgery for me?
If you have a small or receding chin that gives the appearance of an exaggerated nose or mouth area, then you may be a good candidate for chin augmentation. Dr. Ricciardelli appreciates and understands the nuanced relationships between facial structures. During your consultation he will discuss your options for chin augmentation.
Can I have another procedure done at the same time?
Yes. Chin augmentation is often combined with other procedures as part as a comprehensive approach to restoring facial balance. Most often it is combined with a rhinoplasty (nose surgery), neck liposuction, facelift and other procedures. These procedures can be done before, after or during your surgery. Dr. Ricciardelli will discuss these or other procedures that you might be interested in during your cosmetic consultation.
What do I need to do before surgery?
At your consultation, Dr. Ricciardelli will examine your face and neck, paying particular attention to facial structure and profile. Your goals and expectations will be discussed thoroughly. In most cases, an implant is inserted to augment the existing bone structure. The implant is made of a soft, flexible, biocompatible material. Dr. Ricciardelli most likely will make a small incision under the chin that is well concealed after healing. You may be asked to stop medications that increase your chances of bruising. Feel free to bring a list of questions. We love an informed patient. Dr. Ricciardelli will let you know what to expect before, during and after your procedure and answer all of your questions.
What can I expect during and after surgery?
Your privacy and safety are very important to us. On the day of your surgery you will park in a designated, convenience space in back of the Summit building close to the private back door entrance of our office. Your surgery will most likely be performed in our AAAASF (Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) certified operating suite. Your surgery may take one to two hours depending on the procedure. After surgery, you will wake up in our warm and caring recovery suite. Our recovery nurse will make sure that you are comfortable and inform your designated driver when you are ready to return to the comfort of your own home that day. You will be given detailed instructions for your specific needs. Most patients do not complain of pain after surgery but a mild discomfort. On average, most patients are able to return to work in 4 days and begin light exercising in 2 weeks. A lot will depend on your level of activity at work. You will be seen back in the office in one week after surgery. Expect to have possible bruising, swelling and tenderness after surgery. Dr. Ricciardelli will call you in the evening to check-in on your progress as well as see you back in the office for your post-operative visits. Our door is always open for any questions.
Why choose Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology?
It’s about confidence: confidence in your surgeon, confidence that your wishes and individual concerns will be heard, and confidence you will get the results you want. Dr Ricciardelli has the experience and reputation that ensures you are trusting in a surgeon with a known track record in Wilmington and the qualifications and certifications that recognize him on a regional and national level.

Ready to take the next step? Schedule your consultation now!

At your consultation you’ll meet with one of our surgeons and we’ll discuss all of your options and answer all of your questions.

Meet Dr. Edward Ricciardelli

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli is one of the most highly trained plastic surgeons in the country. He is the only plastic surgeon in the area who is board certified in both head, neck, and facial surgery and plastic surgery.  He has been performing facial surgery for over 29 years.  During that time he has taught and trained other plastic and facial surgeons, lectured around the country, given courses on facial surgery, and cared for thousands of surgical patients. Read more…