Chin Augmentation

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 them into balance with other facial features at Sargent Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, UT.

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 Dr. Larry A Sargent MD FACS

Quick Answers

Length Of Operation

Usually 30-45 minutes for chin implant placement. Longer if you move a section of the chin forward.

Anesthesia

Usually intravenous sedation or general anesthesia

Length Of Stay

Outpatient procedure, home the same day

Recovery

  • 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.

Scars

  • Most common scar is beneath chin that is usually not noticeable

Risks / Possible Complications

While possible, serious complications are rare. Possible complications include:

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Sensation changes

  • Asymmetry

  • Implant displacement

Related Procedures 

Chin augmentation can be performed by itself or often in combination with other procedures of the face, neck or nose.

Related procedures:

  • Facelift

  • Rhinoplasty

  • Liposuction neck

  • Cheek implants

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Larry A. Sargent MD FACS, Plastic Surgery Center of Utah, 370 9th Ave, STE 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103  801.355.0731

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