Chin Augmentation

What is chin surgery?

Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.

Plastic surgery, and other minor office procedures, can often be performed on the lower jaw line and chin area to improve proportions of the face and to help with one's confidence and self-esteem. These types of interventions are frequently suggested by board-certified plastic surgeons to improve the harmony of facial features and improve the chin/jaw/cheek/forehead balance.

Sometimes bone from the jaw itself can be moved forward in an operation called a mentoplasty or genioplasty. Alternatively, shaped silicone implants can be used to give more projection to the chin. Conversely, bone can be removed to decrease an overly projecting chin. Furthermore, modifications to the upper and/or lower jaw can be advised for improved chewing dynamics and occlusion—or how the teeth fit together. These operations can range from simple to very complex.

Many times a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery or procedures to a patient having a rhinoplastyin order to achieve better facial proportions, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.

Additionally, with recent advances in technology, and after obtaining informed consent after reviewing all options, risks and benefits, your plastic surgeon may suggest off-label use of FDA approved gel filler material as an alternative for providing augmentation of the chin area that may last for a shorter duration.


Case Study

Many times a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery or procedures to a patient having a rhinoplastyin order to achieve better facial proportions, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.

Additionally, with recent advances in technology, and after obtaining informed consent after reviewing all options, risks and benefits, your plastic surgeon may suggest off-label use of FDA approved gel filler material as an alternative for providing augmentation of the chin area that may last for a shorter duration.

The average cost of chin surgery is $2,236, according to 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Chin surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

Most health insurance does not cover chin surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Chin surgery costs may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Medical tests
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Surgeon's fee

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for chin surgery, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Specialist

Chin surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Frequently Asked Questions About This Procedure

Is it obvious when someone has a chin augmentation?

A chin augmentation is a very common procedure. When was the last time you saw someone and thought they had a chin implant? Those of us with "Jay Leno chins" were born that way. While plastic surgeons may overdo breast implants, the same probably cannot be said about chin implants. The results of a chin implant are subtle but profound.

What procedures are commonly done along with a chin augmentation?

A chin implant is commonly done on its own. But it is also quite commonly done with other procedures. Many patients who end up getting a chin implant do not come to the plastic surgeons specifically requesting it. They may say that their jawline or neck looks weak in profile or that their nose looks too big for their face. Figuring out that the problem is with their chin is something that only happens at their consultation with a plastic surgeon. Many of these patients may want to have a facelift or a necklift. Some with a double chin will also get liposuction of their neck. And some who initially saw the plastic surgeon for treatment of a bump on their nose may end up still doing their nose along with their chin.

Will a chin augmentation change the appearance of my neck?

By increasing the projection of the chin, the neck looks more angular, lean, and youthful. Some patients who think they need some sort of a neck lift really are best served with a chin implant, either alone or with some type of a neck lifting procedure. And as the neck skin is distracted forward even a little bit by a chin implant, there is a greater amount of tightness noted in the skin underneath the jaw.

Why does a chin implant make such a big difference in appearance?

The chin plays a critical role in setting up balances in the face and in the neck. While men are typically considered more attractive when their chins are stronger and squarer than the chins in women, an attractive and balanced chin is important for both genders. People with weak chins simply do not look as healthy, fit, and energetic. A strong chin creates a greater appearance of strength and self-confidence. Its role in balancing the nose and forehead are very important in creating ideal facial proportions.

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