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Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty)
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Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure to reshape or enhance the size of the chin

Length of Surgery

Normally 1 hour, though can take up to 3 hours if other procedures are also carried out at the same time




General or local anesthesia, depending on the procedure

Back to work in...

1 -2 weeks

Back to the gym in...

2 weeks

Treatment Frequency

Once, unless the implant moves


Vary from $3,000 to $8,000


Infection, excessive bleeding, allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Hematoma – a collection of blood under the skin, seroma – collection of fluid around the chin augmentation or incision, blood clots, damage to the teeth, extrusion - the chin augmentation works its way back up to the skin's surface, asymmetry, nerve damage

Duration of results


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Chin Augmentation Surgery Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgery quoted the national average for Chin augmentation costs at approximately $2,178. However costs may vary from $3,000 to $8,000 including anesthesia fees and facility fees, though the materials are expensive and you may need further touch-ups.

Most cosmetic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible chin augmentation financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.

When comparing chin augmentation prices between different cosmetic surgeons, be aware that the cosmetic surgeon's fee does not include the cost of the chin augmentation itself, nor does it include the surgical facility's cost or the cost of anesthesia. Prescription medication, such as antibiotics and pain medicine are also additional costs to consider.

If you are considering having chin augmentation but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans that will allow you to achieve the chin you have always desired. To find out more about financing options available please click here.


Am I a candidate for Chin Augmentation?

If you are unhappy with the way your chin looks, either because of genetics or perhaps because you received a facial trauma at some point, chin augmentation can give your face and neck a more balanced look and help to eliminate a "chinless", weak, or asymmetrical appearance.

Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure. It is important that you:

  1. Are in good health, both physically and mentally
  2. Do not smoke, or give up two weeks before surgery
  3. Have realistic expectations about the outcome of your chin augmentation surgery, and what it can do for you
  4. At least 18 years of age except in instances of medical necessity
You are not a good candidate for chin augmentation if:
  1. You suffer from cardiac problems
  2. You suffer from hypertension
  3. You are taking anticoagulants
The best candidates for chin augmentation are people with weak or receding chins (microgenia), but who have a normal dental bite. If you have had or have any particular problems with your teeth, mouth or jaw, inform your cosmetic surgeon. Your cosmetic surgeon must factor in their effects to determine the best course of treatment for you, though these problems may not necessarily prevent you from getting a chin augmentation procedure. Discuss your medical history thoroughly with your chin augmentation surgeon before you choose to undergo a chin operation.


What is a Chin Augmentation Procedure?

A chin augmentation procedure (also known as genioplasty) is a common cosmetic surgical procedure which brings balance to the facial structure by correcting a weak chin caused by congenital deficiency, age-related bone resorption or an accident. The chin is reshaped through the use of a chin augmentation, an injectable paste, or by changing the shape of the bone to augment the bone structure, making the chin more or less prominent. The chin augmentation procedure can be done as a standalone surgery, or combined with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures.

Most chin augmentation procedures are performed on an outpatient basis in a surgery center, a hospital, or in a surgery suite at a cosmetic surgeon's office. The chin augmentation procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia. Your cosmetic surgeon will determine which the best option for you is.

Chin augmentation surgery usually takes around an hour. However, if the patient has opted for other procedures to be done at the same time, such as nose surgery, the duration of the surgery may be longer.

During the chin augmentation surgery, your cosmetic surgeon makes an incision one of two places. The incision may be made inside your mouth, along the lower lip, or it may be made in the skin just beneath your chin. Your surgeon then creates a pocket over the front of your jawbone. Depending on the technique and materials being used during the chin augmentation procedure, the surgeon may insert an implant specially selected to be the correct size and shape to give you your desired results, or inject a moldable paste into the pocket that has been created. After the implant is inserted, or the synthetic paste is molded into place inside the skin, sutures are used to pull the skin together. If the chin size is being reduced, the surgeon, after making a similar incision, sculpts the bone of the chin to change the appearance. Total surgery can take between one and three hours.

After chin augmentation surgery, patients may wear a support brace to allow the tissues and implant to heal properly and to minimize swelling and discomfort. Bruising and swelling usually lasts for 5 to 7 days after chin augmentation surgery and the swelling may not fully subside until months later. If the implant was inserted through the mouth, dissolving stitches will probably be used, which will dissolve in about 10 days. If the incision was made in your chin, regular sutures will be used. These are removed about a week after surgery at your follow-up appointment with your implants surgeon.

There are many different options available for chin enhancement, and your surgeon may have preferences. You should discuss the options fully with your doctor.

After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room and monitored until you are discharged to go home. Arrange for someone to give you a ride home, and its advisable to arrange to have someone look after you for a day or two after your chin surgery.

Chin Augmentation Surgery Procedure Steps

Chin augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation in the surgeon's office, a hospital, or an outpatient clinic. The surgery takes between one and three hours.

Step 1 - Anesthetic

  1. The surgeon will have taken x-rays of your chin to determine which part to work on, and which approach to use. This will determine whether general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation will be used. If you are nervous about the chin augmentationprocedure, you may be given an oral sedative or valium prior to the operation to reduce your anxiety. An IV for a saline drip will be inserted into your hand or the crook of your elbow to keep you hydrated and for the anesthesia, antibiotics, and other medications. Once the anesthetic has been administered through this drip, you will be asleep after a few seconds. The anaesthesiologist or surgeon will ensure that you are sedated properly, that your stats are stable and that you are ready for the chin augmentation surgery to begin.
Step 2 - The incisions and chin augmentation sugery
  1. A small incision is made in the natural crease under the chin or inside the mouth. The advantage of incisions inside the mouth is that visible scars will not be created; however, the chance of infection is increased, especially if plaque or other oral bacteria is present. You will discuss incision placement with your doctor before surgery.
  2. After the incision, the surgeon stretches the tissue to form a pocket in order to fit the customized implant. After the implant, made of silicone, Teflon, or Dacron, is inserted, the surgeon molds it into the desired contour then fixes the implant in place with a suture or places it beneath the jawbones fibrous protective layer.
  3. If the chin size is being reduced, the surgeon, after making a similar incision, sculpts the bone of the chin to change the appearance. The two types most commonly performed are sliding genioplasty or chin osteotomy. For the first, sliding genioplasty, an incision is made through the bottom lip and the surgeon cuts the bone with an electric saw. Having slid the bone into its new position, the bones are wired into their new position. The second type, chin osteotomy, involves the removal of excess bone. This surgery is complicated and usually takes about 90 minutes.
Step 3 - The sutures
  1. The cut is closed with dissolvable stitches inside the mouth, or regular stitches under the chin, and a bandage is applied. Sutures inside the mouth will dissolve after about 10 days, and sutures outside the mouth are removed after approximately the same period.
Step 4 - The results
  1. The results are immediately obvious, although you may think that the implant is too big at first because of swelling. The finished result is not apparent until about six to eight weeks after the chin augmentation procedure. If the incision is made under your chin, your surgeon will make every effort to minimize the scar, though in this position it will normally be unnoticeable. The scar may appear prominent for a few weeks after your surgery and will then start to fade. Some people, especially smokers, scar more than others.


Chin Augmentation Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

While recovering from chin augmentation surgery is quick compared to other types of facial cosmetic surgery procedures, there will be some restrictions on your activities for a short period after your surgery. After your chin augmentation procedure, you will be required to wear a protective covering over your chin for two to four days. You will experience some bruising and swelling around your chin and neck, and a relatively small amount of pain. Take the painkillers prescribed to you if you need them. You may feel a little nauseous; this will be an effect of the anesthesia.

During your chin augmentation recovery you can also expect some numbness, soreness and tenderness which can last as long as three months, and soreness and tenderness can last just as long. You will probably have some difficulty with smiling and talking, but this is only temporary and you should feel better in a few days.

You will probably have to stick to a liquid diet for a day or two, and you can resume light activity the day of chin augmentation surgery. Even though you may not feel like it, your surgeon will more than likely advise you to walk and move around as soon as you are able. If you do not and lie down for too long you may develop clots and or hold fluid (swelling, edema) a lot longer.

After your chin augmentation surgery, you will need to have someone drive you home. Your chin augmentation surgeon's office should give you detailed instructions on your post-operative care, including instructions on brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth in such a way as to avoid irritating the area.

Stitches placed in the mouth will dissolve in ten days to two weeks. Non-dissolving sutures will be removed during one of your follow-up visits to your cosmetic surgeon.

Tips for a speedy recovery from chin augmentation surgery:

  1. Use ice packs or cold compresses on the area, but dont hold for too long in the same place
  2. Keep your head elevated when resting or sleeping
  3. Eat soft foods that do not require vigorous chewing, or drink protein shakes for a day or two
  4. Take any medications that your cosmetic surgeon recommends, including pain medications, mouth rinses, ointments or salves
  5. Take your temperature regularly, as a raised temperature can indicate an infection
Most chin augmentation patients are ready to resume normal activities after a few days, but avoid contact sports and any activity which might cause an impact to your face for three or four weeks. Also avoid any activities that require you to wear a helmet or chin-strap for the same period of time.


Chin Augmentation Side Effects and Surgery Risks

When a chin augmentation procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Chin augmentation surgery is commonly performed and generally safe. The possibility of complications arising depends on each patients anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities. As with any surgery, the outcome is not predictable.

Side effects as a result of chin augmentation surgery are inevitable though they will vary from patient to patient, as with any surgical procedure The most common chin augmentation side effects are:

  1. Temporary swelling
  2. Bruising
  3. Numbness of the lip and chin
  4. Tenderness
  5. Weakening of the mouth
  6. Altered sensitivity
  7. Slow healing
You may also not be happy with the results of your chin augmentation operation, which is why it is essential to discuss your expectations fully with you surgeon.

Complications following chin cosmetic surgery, though rare, may include:
  1. Infection
  2. Excessive bleeding
  3. An allergic reaction to the anesthesia
  4. Hematoma a collection of blood under the skin
  5. Seroma collection of fluid around the chin augmentation or incision
  6. Blood clots
  7. Damage to the teeth
  8. Extrusion - the chin augmentation works its way back up to the skin's surface and this may require a second procedure to correct
  9. Capsular contracture - excess tightening of the scar tissue
  10. Asymmetry
  11. Nerve damage
  12. Bone erosion
To reduce your chances of suffering from the complications associated with chin augmentation surgery, choose an experienced, qualified chin augmentation surgeon to perform the operation who will explain all of the possible chin augmentation side effects and potential risks and complications to you before you undergo the surgery. Make sure you fully understand the procedures you wish to have done, and discuss your expectations and concerns with your doctor. Severe complications can be minimized by disclosing your entire medical history to your doctor and discussing all prescription and other medication that you take on a regular basis. In most cases the side effects associated with chin augmentation surgery are minimal. Do your home work so that you understand all the risks, problems, and complications associated with the chin augmentation procedure.

If you notice any of the following after chin augmentation surgery, contact your doctor immediately:
  1. Abnormal/increased pain
  2. Severe or prolonged bleeding
  3. Abnormal, milky, offensive smelling or pus-like discharge
  4. Unusual swelling, including sudden puffiness
  5. Fever over 100 degrees, which can signal infection


Questions to ask a Surgeon about a Chin Augmentation procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about chin augmentation here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for chin augmentation surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing chin augmentation surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any chin augmentation before and after photographs of recent surgeries
  9. What percentages of your chin augmentation patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my chin augmentation surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life)
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for chin augmentation? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


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