Before Chin Augmentation
A personal consultation is the first step for a patient considering chin augmentation surgery. This appointment can be scheduled at either Dr. Delgado’s San Francisco or his Marin County office.
At this meeting, Dr. Delgado will discuss the patient’s concerns about the appearance of his or her chin. A physical examination will be done and the patient’s medical history reviewed to determine if chin augmentation surgery is a safe and appropriate option.
If you are a good candidate, Dr. Delgado will explain:
- The best style of implant to meet the patient’s goals
- The ideal size of implant for the patient’s face
- The different options for the incision through which the implant will be placed
Digital photographs will be taken of the patient’s face. These will be entered into a computer program that will display realistic images of the procedure’s outcome.
This computer imaging facilitates further discussion between Dr. Delgado and the patient to ensure that the patient’s vision and goals for aesthetic improvement are met.
Blood tests done within six months of the surgery date are required to assure Dr. Delgado and the anesthesiologist that surgery is a safe option for the patient. These tests include a CBC (complete blood count) and possibly other tests, depending on the patient’s medical history. If the patient is 50 years old or older, an EKG (electrocardiogram) is required.
The patient is provided with a booklet that supplies detailed pre-and post-operative instructions, including the use of medications before surgery. For example, it is required that aspirin and aspirin-containing products be discontinued, including anti-inflammatory products, two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. These products hurt clotting ability. The pre-operative instructions include a complete list of medications that could pose hazards and, therefore, should be avoided. However, Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be safely taken during this time. However, do not exceed 1 gram over 4 hours or 4 grams per day from all sources since this can cause liver damage. The booklet also provides a list of vitamins and homeopathic preparations that promote healing and limit bruising, which the patient can opt to use before and after the surgery.