Chin Augmentation

What type of facial features and structures lead to beauty or attractiveness? Symmetry and well-balanced proportions of the face create beauty. Those with a receded chin/weak chin or a prominent chin lack facial balance.

Chin enhancement restores balance to the face in one of two ways. If your chin is small, an implant is inserted to achieve more balance between the lower face and mid-face (chin augmentation or sliding genioplasty). If your chin is too prominent, a chin reduction (chin osteotomy or genioplasty) is performed. Ultimately, chin enhancement procedures create more balance and harmony to the face. Chin enhancement is a popular surgical procedure for both men and women.

The Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation has two board-certified facial plastic surgeons, both of whom have extensive experience with these chin enhancement surgeries. With two physicians in-house, you can obtain a second opinion in our office, if you like.

Chin enhancement is often done in conjunction with a facelift or nose surgery.

Your Chin Enhancement Procedure

Local anesthesia is the most common method to place a chin implant. When bone repositioning is required, general anesthesia is recommended.

In the case of a chin implant, the incisions are usually under the chin or inside the lower lip. In both cases, scars are in discreet locations. The surgery takes less than a half hour after the anesthesia has taken effect.

A pocket is created in the chin, and the implant is placed over the jawbone. The incisions are then sutured closed.

The chin implant is customized to your facial shape and proportions. This handcrafting of the implant is done by Dr. Cheng in the operating room. Most implants are made of silicone, which has an excellent safety record.

In the case of chin reduction, we reshape the chin so that its projection is decreased. The bone must be cut or shaved to reduce the chin prominence. Occasionally, chin abnormalities or injuries can also be corrected. When the bone is cut, screws are needed to hold the bone in the correct alignment.

Recovering from Chin Enhancement

We will tape your chin after surgery and apply a dressing around your head. The dressing reduces swelling, and protects the incisions and new bone placement. It will be removed in a few days. We will provide instructions on eating, as well as washing your hair and face during your recovery.

Most patients take 7-10 days off from work to heal from chin enhancement. Chin reduction surgery may require a longer recovery period. Please avoid strenuous exercise and sports for at least a month.

If your incision was inside the mouth, the sutures will dissolve on their own. If the incision was made under the chin, the sutures may not dissolve and will be removed in a week during a follow-up examination.

Some bruising, swelling, tightness, numbness, and discomfort are to be expected after the surgery. We will provide oral and topical medication to speed the healing of the bruising, and you can take pain medication as needed. Cold packs and keeping your head elevated while sleeping will also help to reduce swelling.

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