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Chin Surgery

A weak chin makes the neck appear fleshy. It accentuates the size of a normal nose and makes a large nose seem especially big. Chin enlargement through chin implant surgery brings the facial features into harmony and balances the overall facial structure.

Chin augmentation surgery creates a stronger profile or more balanced facial features. The procedure is often part of a comprehensive facial plastic surgery plan that includes cosmetic enhancement of the nose.

The Chin Augmentation Advantage

Cosmetic chin surgery is an excellent option for anyone who feels that their chin is not shaped right in relation to the rest of the face. Good candidates for the procedure include those who have a:

  • Recessed chin
  • Pointed or squared chin
  • Prominent nose
  • Fleshy neck

Popular among men and women, chin enhancement can be accomplished via facial implants for chin enlargement or advancement, or via Chin Reduction surgery for those who would like their jaw to appear less prominent in profile.

Chin Augmentation Procedure

Recessive chin enlargement surgery uses chin implants to supplement the existing bone at the front of the jaw beneath the teeth. The artificial implant sits under the skin and gives a permanent boost to the strength and definition of the chin. This augmentation method can give patients a pleasing, well-proportioned look that seems completely natural.

A cosmetic chin enlargement procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis at the surgeon’s facility, but may be performed at a hospital. The length of time the procedure takes depends on several factors, but is usually from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

The incision created during the operation are made underneath the chin or inside of the mouth between the gum and lower lip. Once the incisions are made, the chin implant is inserted and positioned in front of the jawbone. Once this is done, the chin implant is sutured into place, and the procedure is complete. Sutures inside the mouth will dissolve after about 10 days.

Chin Surgery Complications

One of the questions asked most often by those considering getting a chin implant is: “Are chin implants safe?” Although rare, chin implant surgery complications do occur. Bruising and swelling that can last up to six weeks should be expected after the procedure. Complications related to anesthesia can also happen and usually affect the respiratory system. Other risks include migration of the chin implant after it has been placed. This may require a second procedure to adjust the implant into proper alignment. Infection poses a risk but can usually be effectively controlled with antibiotics. Since chin implant surgery can potentially damage small nerves, post-surgery numbness of the lip and chin is a possible side effect of aesthetic chin surgery.


The most comfortable position to recover in after surgery is a reclining chair with your head elevated.  The night following your surgery, you may experience some discomfort that can be controlled with your prescribed pain medication. Temporary bruising and swelling are common the first night after surgery.

The great thing about a chin implant is it is removable with a simple short procedure. if you decide to remove the implant, you will look just like you did before with typically almost no signs you ever had an implant.