A chin augmentation is a surgical procedure to enhance or reshape the size of the chin by reshaping existing bone or inserting a prosthetic chin implant.

How is it done?
Chin augmentation surgery may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. It is performed either under general anesthetic or under a local anesthetic with sedation.  Most chin augmentation procedures involve an incision inside the mouth inside the lower lip, or in the skin just under the chin.  The surgeon inserts the chin implant via the incision and maneuvers it into place and the incision is closed with sutures. The skin may be taped with a pressure dressing for about one week after surgery.
Chin augmentation seek to increase or reduce the size of the chin by altering the underlying structure of the face providing better balance to the facial features.  It may seek to correct a birth defect or injury.
The outcome of a Chin augmentation is never completely predictable. Complications are infrequent and usually minor. However, as with any surgery, there are risks, including the possibility of:
  • Infection requiring antibiotics and in some cases hospitalization
  • Blood clots
  • Extended swelling and bruising
  • Movement or displacement of the implant
  • Reaction to anesthesia
Normally, swelling and bruising should be expected for up to two weeks, however, in some cases bruising and swelling may be evident for up to two months. Risks can be reduced by following the surgeon's instructions before and after surgery.

The FAQ question "What are the risks of plastic and cosmetic surgery?" has additional details on risks and how to minimize them.
The surgeon may discuss alternative approaches to the chin augmentation procedure.  Liposuction of the neck and chin may remove enough excess fat to redefine the chin or neckline.  Orthodontics can treat misaligned teeth which are often the root cause of a recessed jaw.

The best candidates for chin augmentation surgery are patients with weak chins, but with a normal dental bite.   The surgeon will make the final determination of each patient’s eligibility for the procedure after an examination and consultation with the patient.

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