Chin Augmentation

What is Chin Augmentation?

Chin Augmentation is a surgical procedure to change the contour, shape and balance of the face using implants specially designed for this part.

Why is Chin Augmentation done to some patients?

This procedure is recommended to a patient whose face lacks the right balance due to a weak chin.  A strong chin that is proportionate to the face is a requirement to obtain an attractive triangular appearance

How does a weak chin affect the appearance of other facial features?

A weak underdeveloped chin creates an illusion of a bigger nose. Further, as unfair as it may be, some mistakenly perceived people with weak chins as unauthoritative and less influential.

How does a strong proportionate chin look like?

For both men and women, a strong chin that projects as far forward as the lower lip is creating a long, attractive, triangular lower face.

What are the benefits of chin augmentation?

·         Creates a more attractive profile by giving the lower face a longer and pleasing triangular appearance

·         Corrects a weak underdeveloped chin

·         Gives a more attractive neck profile

·         Reduces the “double chin” appearance  

How is the procedure done?

Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure done within 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the extent of the correction. General or local anesthesia with IV sedation may be used. A specially designed implant material is inserted into a small incision inside the mouth.

What is recovery like?

Temporary discomfort with swelling, bruising, stiffness and numbness will be experienced. These will be relieved by taking the prescribed pain relievers and antibiotics. A small amount of oozing within the mouth immediately after the procedure is normal – this will stop in about 2 days. For about a week, there will be some difficulty in smiling and talking. The chin may be taped for a week to minimize swelling. At this time, the implant is somewhat secured but malposition may occur as late as 6 weeks – so be careful not to bump your chin. In about 2 weeks, majority of the swelling will be gone. Complete resolve of swelling and numbness in the lower lip takes about 3 months.

How soon can a patient go back to work?

Most patients go back to work in 2 to 5 days after the surgery. However, for those with strenuous job, it may take 3 weeks.

When can results be seen?

Results are visible right after the surgery. Patients will appreciate the result better 2 weeks after when most of the swelling has subsided.

Who are the candidates for this procedure?

Candidates are those with small and weak chins without a significant overbite, with realistic expectations and are generally healthy. Patients are advised to inform the surgeon of their medical history, illness and medications prior the surgery.

Can it be done simultaneous with other surgical procedures?

Chin Augmentation is often done with a nose surgery and face lift in order to create the right proportion.

What are the possible complications?

Complications with this procedure are very rare. These rarities include implant malposition due to excessive movement or external force, bone erosion under the implant, over or under projection of the chin, numbness of the lower lip, and infection.