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.
Chin augmentation can be performed under local anesthesia in the office, or under general anesthesia in the operating suite. 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.
- 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
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 go home the same day.
A small incision is created in a natural fold under the chin, and a pocket is created to accept the implant. An appropriately sized silicone implant is then fit into the pocket and sutured in place. The skin incision is carefully closed and a sterile dressing is applied.
Chin Augmentation Recovery
After surgery, a light compression dressing is worn overnight on the chin for a few days. Sutures are then removed five days after the procedure. Recovery time ranges from seven to ten days. 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 Results
Chin augmentation improves projection of the chin and can reduce the appearance of a double chin or a large nose. 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, and will improve as swelling subsides over the next three to seven days. Scars fade over time with significant long-term results settling in after four to six weeks.
Chin Augmentation Risks
Though rare, post-operative complications from any surigical 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 parasthesias (tingling or pins-and-needles feeling), infection requiring removal of the implant.