Chin augmentation gives those with an underdeveloped chin more balance to their facial features. This procedure may involve either a fat transfer or dermal filler.
What is Chin Augmentation?
A chin augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure using implants or fat transfer to provide structure to the chin and provide a more prominent jawline. Chin augmentation using facial implants or fat transfer is a permanent solution to change one’s appearance. When using fat, the procedure involves harvesting the fat from another area of the body using liposuction. Once it is injected into the area of the chin, it is molded and shaped to give the chin more definition. As an alternative, chin augmentation may also involve dermal filler.
Chin augmentation, or chin implants, gives more structure to a weak-looking face. It also offers the following benefits:
- Strong jawline
- Proportionate facial features
- Increased self-confidence
- Stronger profile
- Results are permanent
Variations of Procedure & Technique
What To Expect After
Chin implantation recovery is minimal with most patients returning to work within a week or so. Stitches are typically removed after about four or five days. Since the incision is under the chin, it is not very noticeable.
We recommend you take a few days off work and responsibilities to rest and allow your incision and chin to heal. We also suggest you eat soft foods for the first few days as the chin and jawline may be sore. Any discomfort or soreness is easily managed with over the counter medications.
Any swelling and bruising typically fades away within about two weeks. At that point, you can go back to your normal routine; however, we recommend you avoid any contact sports or anything that may have a direct impact on your new chin for about eight weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR CHIN AUGMENTATION?
A: Candidates for chin implants are those who wish their chain was more prominent compared to the other features of the face. Chin implant surgery is typically done to enlarge a small chin or to enhance a “weak” looking chin that lacks any angles or definition.
Q: HOW DO I PREPARE FOR CHIN AUGMENTATION?
A: Prior to having chin augmentation, you must schedule an initial consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for a chin implant procedure and to discuss the procedure. During this appointment, you must also provide a full medical history and medical clearance from your physician to make sure you are able to undergo the surgery. Additionally, you may be asked to undergo bloodwork to test for underlying issues. You may be asked to stop smoking and taking any medications or supplements that thin the blood for a couple of weeks prior to surgery as well as after the procedure is complete. This is another step to achieving your desired look. You also receive detailed pre-op and post-op instructions to better prepare you.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE APPOINTMENT?
A: The facial implant used in chin augmentation is typically a Silastic implant made of silicone that provides excellent and natural looking results. When performing this procedure, a small incision is made under the chin. From there, a pocket is created beneath the muscles of the chin where a chin implant is inserted and affixed to the bone. The incision is then closed and bandaged to protect and support the chin.
Q: HOW LONG DOES A CHIN AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE TAKE?
A: Chin augmentation takes about half an hour and is performed under heavy sedation or general anesthesia.
Q: WHEN WILL I SEE THE RESULTS?
A: As the swelling and bruising fade, the results of the chin implant become subtly more noticeable. Your facial features are more proportionate with each other, and you have a new confident look.
Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF CHIN AUGMENTATION?
A: Chin implant procedures vary in cost based on the implant used, how much is involved in the procedure and whether other procedures or treatments are done at the same time. We can discuss the cost with you during your consultation, along with our payment and financing options.
Q: WILL I HAVE SCARS AFTER?
A: There is no noticeable scarring with chin augmentation since the incision is made under the chin. When done by an experienced plastic surgeon, once healed, the scarring is minimal and often fades over time.