What Is A Chin Augmentation?
The chin plays a prominent role in the appearance of the lower 1/3 of the face. Chin size and position will determine whether you have an aesthetically pleasing profile. A chin that is receding or too small can make an average size nose look disproportionately large, throwing the profile out of balance. A chin that is too large and over-projecting can also create an undesirable profile. The chin can, therefore, be augmented with an implant, advanced, or reduced to bring it into balance with other facial features.
Dr. Sargent offers 30+ years of experience in Plastic Surgery to Chattanooga, TN., and has his own in-office operative suite.
Who Is A Candidate For A Chin Augmentation / Reduction?
If you have a weak or receding chin that is out of balance with other facial features, you may be a candidate for a chin implant. Placing a chin implant can improve your profile as well as your neck contour. If you have a chin that is too large or protrudes, it may need to be reduced and set back.
How Is The Procedure Performed?
The most common approach to augment the chin is by placement of an implant through a small incision made under the chin. This is very effective for small to moderate enhancements of the chin. For large advancements, an alternative technique is to make an incision inside the lower lip, make a cut in the bone of the chin and slide it forward. This is usually secured with plates and screws. Chin implants are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes which allows the surgeon to custom-fit to the patient’s needs.
All Procedures Shown were done by Larry A. Sargent, M.D. FACS
Length Of Operation
Usually 30-45 minutes for chin implant placement. Longer if you move a section of the chin forward.
Usually intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
Length Of Stay
Outpatient procedure, home the same day
Initially mild discomfort, up and about first day.
Some mild swelling, rarely bruising.
Majority of swelling resolved in 10-14 days.
Final results 4-6 weeks.
Most common scar is beneath chin that is usually not noticeable
Risks / Possible Complications
While possible, serious complications are rare. Possible complications include:
Chin augmentation can be performed by itself or often in combination with other procedures of the face, neck or nose.