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Chin Augmentation

If you want to improve your facial profile and correct a “weak” chin,
you may consider having aesthetic chin surgery. Most chin
augmentations are done with biocompatible implants, which are
placed over the bone structure of the lower jaw.

The Standard Procedure  for Chin Augmentation

There are several options available for aesthetic chin surgery.  
This procedure augments the bony structure of your jaw, and can
create a stronger chin, make the chin wider, or even slightly lengthen your face. Implants come in multiple shapes, sizes, and materials, and are selected depending on the patient’s goals and the surgical technique used.  

To perform aesthetic chin surgery, your surgeon will make an incision and a pocket that will hold the implant, located right over the bone along the lower jaw. Then a solid silicon implant is inserted through the incision under the chin.  If rigid biocompatible materials are used for chin augmentation, the incision is made inside the mouth. The chin implant is put in place either by inserting it into a snug pocket or attaching it to soft tissue or bone. The entire operation takes about 30-45 minutes.   

The Benefits of Chin Augmentation

  • Offers a permanent way to achieve a strong chin
  • Can easily be performed in conjunction with other procedures
  • Patients can choose from a variety of chin implant options 
  • Intra-oral or direct surgical approaches can be used

Risks Associated with Chin Augmentation Surgery

  • Implant may cause temporary or permanent changes in sensation in the chin 
  • Chin implant can shift around, especially right after surgery
  • Infections can develop which may necessitate removal of the implant

The Recovery Process

The typical recovery period following aesthetic chin surgery depends on the surgical approach used and whether other procedures are done in conjunction with the augmentation. Most patients who have chin augmentation alone can expect to be active on the same day as their surgery. However, their lower lip will feel like it is “asleep.” If necessary, pain medication may be prescribed by your surgeon.   

You can help to relieve swelling by keeping your head elevated. If your chin augmentation was performed through the mouth, you will be restricted to a liquid or soft diet for a few days. You must rinse your mouth after eating to keep the sutures clean. If you had chin augmentation with a small incision under your chin, the sutures are normally removed after 4-7 days.

Is This Procedure Painful?

The majority of patients do not consider chin augmentation to be painful. Right after surgery, you will feel some tightness in your chin, which is due to the increased volume in the region, caused by the chin implant. Any discomfort can be relieved with oral pain medication, which is usually only needed for a few days.

Will I Have Scars?

No visible scars will be present if your chin augmentation is done with the intra-oral technique. If your implant was inserted through an incision under your chin, a very small scar will be present but hard to see.

Side Effects of Chin Augmentation Surgery

It is normal to have a change in sensation in the chin area following augmentation surgery.  Right after surgery, your chin will be “asleep” due to the local anesthetic that was used for the procedure. Once this feeling fades, sensations in the chin may be heightened until the sensory nerves near the implant become adjusted to the changes.

Why type of anesthesia, if any, will be used for chin surgery?

Chin augmentation surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or light sedation anesthesia.  You and your surgeon will decide which type of anesthetic is best for you.

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