Chin Augmentation & Chin Implants
Conveniently located to serve Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond
Have you always felt like your chin is receding or too small? A strong and well-defined chin can make all the difference when it comes to your overall appearance. This is why so many people wish they could enhance the size and shape of their chin to bring better balance to the proportions of their facial features.
At Liebertz Plastic Surgery at Yarrow Bay, we have helped countless individuals attain their ideal chin by providing them with a chin augmentation. A customized implant is used to give the patient their ideal chin shape and size. The procedure offers amazing results that look incredibly natural – and can be performed under local anesthesia.
- Custom sized implants crafted for each patient
- Sterile, nonreactive silicone implants
- Can be performed in the office under local anesthesia
- Used to reduce the appearance of a large nose
- Often used in combination with rhinoplasty (nose surgery) or facelifts
- Addresses a weak or small chin
Is a Chin Augmentation Right for Me?
In general, good candidates for a chin augmentation include individuals who are in good overall health and are unhappy with the appearance of their chin. Ideal candidates also have realistic expectations regarding the results that are possible through surgery.
Chin augmentation is performed using a silicone implant to strengthen a “weak” or small chin, and to harmonize facial proportions. A weak chin may contribute to the appearance of an excessively large nose, a double chin, or the loss of a sharp neck angle, and is often overlooked during the overall assessment of facial proportions. The shape and size of the silicone implant is customized to provide the patient with their ideal appearance.
Chin augmentation can be performed under local anesthesia in the office, or under general anesthesia in the operating suite. A chin augmentation is often combined with other facial-enhancement procedures as a way to provide the patient with more dramatic results. It is commonly used alongside neck liposuction, facelifts, and rhinoplasties to significantly enhance the patient’s postoperative results. Small, conservative implants are used in women to subtly improve the profile and three-quarter views, while larger more masculine implants are usually used in men to strengthen the anterior jaw line.
How to Prepare for a Chin Augmentation
Strictly follow your surgeon’s instructions when it comes to medication and lifestyle modifications to achieve the best chin augmentation results.
Chin augmentation patients must prepare for surgery by getting enough rest. Refrain from smoking four to six weeks before and after the surgery to prevent complications like blood clots and slower incision healing. Nicotine interferes with the oxygen supply in the bloodstream, which can affect the appearance and recovery of the chin after surgery.
Chin augmentation patients must arrange for transportation home from the procedure in advance. The patient will have restricted movement and will not be able to perform strenuous activities for a time after the surgery. Because of this, it is best for the patient to allot one week of leave from work. The patient must also arrange for help for a time during recovery.
Chin Augmentation Procedure
Chin augmentation takes approximately one hour and is performed under either local or general anesthesia. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and you be able to go home the same day. You will need to arrange a ride home before you undergo your procedure.
A small incision is created in a natural fold under the chin, and a pocket is created to accept the implant. Making the incision along the natural fold is important, because it will help to conceal any post-surgical marks or scars.
An appropriately sized silicone implant is then fit into the pocket, carefully adjusted into position, and sutured in place. The skin incision is carefully closed and a sterile dressing is applied.
Chin Augmentation Results
Chin augmentation improves projection of the chin and can reduce the appearance of a double chin or a large nose by balancing out the nose with a larger and more defined chin. It also can enhance a patient’s appearance and confidence, and improves the sharp under-chin angle of youth.
Results are seen immediately upon removal of the dressings, although some definition will be covered up by temporary swelling. The results will continue to improve as swelling subsides over the next one to four weeks. Scars fade over time with significant long-term results settling in after four to six weeks.
Chin Augmentation Recovery
After surgery, a light compression dressing is worn on the chin for a few days. Sutures are then removed five days after the procedure. Post-operative swelling varies depending on the natural healing rate of the patient and can range from one to four weeks.
Most patients will be able to return to work and continue their normal activities after this time. All strenuous activity, including all cardio exercise, is limited for two weeks.
Blood thinners such as aspirin, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc), fish oil, vitamin E, and others are to be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery, and following these instructions can help speed your recovery and reduce the risk of post-operative complications.
Chin Augmentation Risks
Though rare, post-operative complications from any surgical procedure are possible. They may include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing (including scarring), all which may require further surgery.
Risks specific to chin augmentation also include asymmetry, numbness or paresthesia (tingling or pins-and-needles feeling), infection requiring removal of the implant.
Chin Augmentation Cost
The price of chin augmentation procedures varies based on the details of each case. Chin augmentation cost will depend on the surgical techniques used, length of time the procedure takes, and more. Speak with our financing department to discuss pricing and your payment options.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Liebertz Plastic Surgery at Yarrow Bay today to schedule a consultation for your chin augmentation. Our amazing team will provide you with excellent care from your initial consultation all the way through to your last follow-up visit. We can let you know if a chin implant will provide you with the aesthetic results you want and can provide you with excellent results.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Liebertz was one of only 46 surgeons worldwide selected for subspecialty fellowship training in Advanced Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. There, he was trained extensively by world-renowned rhinoplasty, facelift, and injectable surgeons. Dr. Liebertz is an expert in short recovery time facelifts, rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial injectables.Learn More