Chin Augmentation

chin implant
Surgical Procedures

Chin Augmentation

The goal of chin augmentation is to improve your profile by creating balance between your chin and other facial features. A small, or recessed, chin can be described as one that seems to disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight rather than appearing as a distinct facial feature.

When to Consider a Chin Augmentation

  • If you have a ‘weak’ chin and you wish to improve the definition of your jawline.
  • If you have a receding chin and are looking to bring your profile into balance.

Dr. Kay’s Approach

Dr. Kay uses a chin implant to augment the chin. This firm, silicone implant is inserted through incisions inside your mouth or underneath your chin.

PROS

  • Increasing the projection of your chin has the effect of strengthening your overall facial appearance, and will not interfere with your bite or jaw function.

CONS

  • Your chin will be taped following surgery.
  • Recovery from chin augmentation takes about a week, although there will be some swelling that resolves within a month or two.
  • Infection is possible, which would necessitate removal of the implant.

Related Procedures

Although chin augmentation can be done as a stand-alone procedure, it also serves as an appropriate add on to a face lift or neck lift. Fillers can also be considered in an effort to achieve a good balance between all facial features.

FAQs

Initially the chin implant will feel somewhat tender and hard. Over time, the implant will feel like a normal part of your jaw.

My own preference is to put the implant into a carefully and precisely made space under the periosteum (the lining of the jaw bone) so that the implant fits like a finger in a glove. This keeps it from shifting or buckling.
There have been case reports of this happening, but in decades of doing this procedure I have not seen any erosion take place.
Yes it can and this procedure is called an advancement osseous genioplasty. It usually requires a general anesthetic, boney saw cuts, plates and screws. It has greater risks for non-healing, irregularities, is not easily reversed and has a higher chance of permanent numbness of the lower lip.
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