Extending the position of the chin through augmentation procedures can have a beautiful effect on facial balance and harmony. Baton Rouge plastic surgeon, Dr. Erick Sanchez, has two augmentation strategies to enlarge and reshape the chin. He can add a synthetic implant to the bone (chin implant) or cut and reposition the chin bone (osteotomy). The incisions for the chin augmentation can be virtually invisible as it is placed inside the mouth or in the small crease beneath the chin. Changing a recessed chin can have a tremendous effect on the overall appearance of the face, as our patients at Sanchez Plastic Surgery can attest to with their surgery results.
Good candidates for chin augmentation surgery are men and women who demonstrate:
- A recessed or ‘weak’ chin
- A lack of definition to the neck
- A weak profile due to a limited chin structure
- A facial imbalance as it pertains to structure
What to Expect
During the consultation, we will evaluate the origin of the chin shortness, determined by looking at the face and neck as well as the position of the teeth. In some patients, a severe overbite (lower teeth behind the upper teeth) may be present and the chin position may be a reflection of an overall shorter lower jaw. In these patients, other treatment options may be considered, including jaw surgery. In some cases, an X-ray in profile may be useful to look at the bone and the facial profile for treatment planning. For patients who simply need a chin implant only, the implant is positioned over the bone below the lips in a pocket that is created to hold the prosthesis in place. Scarring is usually not evident since the incisions are placed under the chin or within the lower lip. Liposuction of the chin and/or neck may be incorporated to help accentuate a more defined jawline.
Chin Augmentation Recovery
Recovery for chin augmentation depends on the nature of the surgery. For chin implants, the recovery requires much less downtime than genioplasty or jaw surgery where the bone, teeth and jaw are manipulated. Swelling and bruising are common after all approaches. A chinstrap is usually used after surgery to control swelling and help the overlying tissues adapt to the implant or bone. When the chin bone is moved, there is usually a short period of lower lip numbness that resolves several weeks after surgery. The swelling and bruising will start to resolve 7-10 days after surgery, although this will vary between patients.
On average, the cost for chin augmentation surgery can range from $2,500 to $3,500. Factors that affect cost are the type of implants used or if there are other cosmetic procedures done in conjunction with the augmentation (such as genioplasty, jaw surgery, neck liposuction, etc.).
Redefine Your Profile
Chin augmentation surgery adds fullness and shape to the lower jaw. It helps create a stronger profile, and a more distinguished facial appearance for both men and women. If you have a recessed chin or feel your profile is weak due to a small chin, we encourage you to call our plastic surgery office today and schedule a consultation.