A clinic that stands for medical competence and surgical excellence was the vision of Prof. MD Guenter Germann. For this interdisciplinary concept of holistic cutting-edge medicine, the plastic surgeon gained specialized medical specialists, experienced managers, dedicated nurses - and a private investor who fully and completely trusts him.
After 18 years as chief physician of the BG Clinic Ludwigshafen, which under his leadership became one of the ten largest surgical clinics in the world, the time had come: From 2008, the medical competence center ETHIANUM Heidelberg was built on the former university campus in Heidelberg near the beautiful Neckar. Today, the ETHIANUM is considered one of the most modern clinics in Europe.
The shape of chin is a unique feature of person’s face that forms the image. However, it doesn’t always match with other face features, looks a bit incoherently, or is asymmetrical from birth or because of injuries. It can be either stepping forward too much, or be almost absent. Since the shape of chin influences overall image and appearance, some women with specific chin can suffer from low self-esteem and feel not pretty. Chin correction can solve this problem.
If a person has bevel-edged chin, its form visually retracted by installing corresponding implants that can either be obtained from patient’s own bone or cartilage, or be artificial. Access to the operated zone can be made via an incision from the inner size of the lower lip, or via in incision in the lower chin part. Scars left after such surgical invasion are almost not visible.
The form of a retracting chin can also be corrected aesthetically. It can be done by removing a tip of the chin or moving the jaw back. However, if a person has problems with occlusion of teeth (especially when he or she has closed occlusion), it’s important to consult with the dentist and, if necessary, eliminate it. Correction of retracting chin can affect chewing function and, as the result, patient’s life quality.
To augment chin, surgeons typically use implants. It can be either a silicone implant, or patient’s own bone or cartilage. It is fixed in place by a surgeon and connected with the chin bone.
Two weeks prior to the operation, a patient should exclude alcohol, nicotine, hypnotic drugs and blood thinners. A person should also prepare enough ice or cooling compresses – they can be bought in a pharmacy, and serve to reduce swelling of operated area.
As a rule, chin correction is performed under general anesthesia. The duration depends on complexity of surgery and takes about 30-60 minutes. As a rule, a patient has to spend 1-2 days in the hospital under doctors’ surveillance after the operation. In 1-2 weeks, bandage is removed together with stitches.
Since swelling and light pain cannot be avoided after operation, cooling compresses are recommended for chin zone. It’s also recommended to eat soft foods only (mash, soups and soft vegetables) during two weeks.
To avoid infections, special attention should be paid to oral hygiene within first weeks after the surgery. Doctor prescribes special fluid for mouthwash that should be regularly used after every meal. Other drugs and medications should be used according to doctor’s recommendations and instructions.
Correction of chin presupposes surgical invasion. Therefore, it’s almost impossible to avoid all complications.
Swelling, bruises and light pain in chin area are usual consequences of such operation. Doctors usually recommend applying cold compresses to the places that ache. Pain killers are used as exception from the rule. In most cases, pain subsides by itself.
In rare cases, patients complain about numbing or loss of sensitivity of the lower jaw and lower lip. However, these are temporary occasions. It was reported that sometimes patients’ teeth were damaged during operations. It’s possible when the jaw bone is separated, or when the implant is fixed with fixing screws. That doesn’t happen, if the operation is performed by an experienced doctor.
Another exceptional case is operation when the implant is rejected, or it “slips” from the fixing elements.
The cost of operation can vary, and the sum can be defined when the patient is examined thoroughly. Experience shows that the price for chin correction varies from €1200 to €2900.