Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is often used to balance facial features for those patients that have a small or set back chin compared to the rest of their face. This surgery can be performed in 2 ways.

One via placement of an implant or a second one by using you own chin bone and repositioning it.

Your profile can be drastically improved with this surgery that is performed in the office.

A small incision inside the mouth along the lower lip is frequently used to perform either surgeries. In certain cases the incision may be made underneath the chin in a well hidden area and the implant placed through this tiny incision. In these cases a “chin tuck” may also be performed. The chin is taped after surgery to help with swelling. If an incision inside the mouth is used, the sutures will dissolve.

For a few days, you will likely experience some mild discomfort and swelling. We recommend a liquid diet for a day or two and then soft foods for a week. You can resume light activities the next day and exercise in 2-3 weeks.

This surgery is also commonly performed in conjunction with “orthognathic” surgery (see orthognathic surgery).

Front view and side view of before chin augmentation surgery

Patient with short mandible, but her bite had been corrected orthodontically, therefore the chin was advanced only,
because of the degree of movement this had to be done in 2 surgeries.

Front view and side view of after chin augmentation surgery

After first surgery she has better projection but still inadequate, therefore a chin implant was placed in the second stage.

Front view and side view of after chin implant

After chin implant and final result

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