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Chin Augmentation

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Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.

Plastic surgery, and other minor office procedures, can often be performed on the lower jaw line and chin area to improve proportions of the face and to help with one’s confidence and self-esteem. These types of interventions are frequently suggested by board-certified plastic surgeons to improve the harmony of facial features and improve the chin/jaw/cheek/forehead balance.

This is a cosmetic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of a recessed or weak chin. By adding a flexible, solid silicone implant, the chin be reshaped to add a wonderful effect on facial proportions and balance.Chin augmentation creates a stronger profile and can have a lasting, positive effect on both a man and woman’s overall self-esteem.


Good candidates for chin augmentation surgery are men and women who demonstrate:

  • Recessed or ‘weak’ chin
  • Lack of definition to the neck
  • Weak profile due to a limited chin structure
  • Facial imbalance as it pertains to structure

What to Expect

During the consultation, we will evaluate the origin of the chin shortness, determined by looking at the face and neck as well as the position of the teeth. In some clients, a severe overbite (lower teeth behind the upper teeth) may be present and the chin position may be a reflection of an overall shorter lower jaw. In these clients, other treatment options may be considered, including jaw surgery. In some cases, an X-ray in profile may be useful to look at the bone and the facial profile for treatment planning. For clients who simply need a chin implant only, the implant is positioned over the bone below the lips in a pocket that is created to hold the prosthesis in place. Scarring is usually not evident since the incisions are placed under the chin or within the lower lip. Liposuction of the chin and/or neck may be incorporated to help accentuate a more defined jawline.

Recovery Time

Recovery for chin augmentation depends on the nature of the surgery. For chin implants, the recovery requires much less downtime than genioplasty or jaw surgery where the bone, teeth and jaw are manipulated. Swelling and bruising are common after all approaches. A chinstrap is usually used after surgery to control swelling and help the overlying tissues adapt to the implant or bone. When the chin bone is moved, there is usually a short period of lower lip numbness that resolves several weeks after surgery. The swelling and bruising will start to resolve 7-10 days after surgery, although this will vary between clients.

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