Chin Augmentation Overview
Chin augmentation with implants (mentoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure offered by Palo Alto plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Schendel. For patients who do not have any medical condition relating to the jaw, but simply want a better aesthetic result, chin implants can help reshape the look of the lower face. Individuals who decide to have this surgery do so because they feel their chin is too small or doesn’t fit with the natural angles of the face and neck. This surgery is performed with a biocompatible synthetically produced flexible silicone implant that is designed in a variety of shapes and sizes. With the help of chin implants, a more prominent, stronger jaw line and wider, lengthier chin can be attained. Certain implants may be chosen to compliment various chin surgery techniques and create the desired chin aesthetic.
Chin Augmentation Reviews
"Dr. Schendel was recommended to me by another Palo Alto plastic surgeon who is himself well-regarded. He told me that Dr. Schendel was the absolute best. I had a complex problem --- revising a poorly done sliding genioplasty which itself was a revision of an old chin implant from 1969. My situation was unfortunate --- I had developed a sagging chin and all kinds of other undesirable outcomes including difficulty chewing and speaking. I had originally had a receding chin, but in 1969 the implants were primitive, made of old silicone and the implant had worn at the roots of my lower teeth. Another doctor in trying to fix that, had caused an asymmetry and weakened the chin muscles. Dr. Schendel gave me beautiful symmetry and function to my jaw, and it looks and works terrific, perfectly natural. He has a calm air of expertise, and I knew that he understood what needed to be done to set this all right. He is very friendly and informative. I can't recommend him highly enough. His office staff is also wonderfully helpful and personable. What a relief after years of bearing up with my unfortunate appearance and inability to chew or talk properly. Now I am completely satisfied."- L.B. / Vitals / Jun 14, 2013
Chin Augmentation Surgical Technique
A common technique for this procedure uses a silicone implant that is moved through an incision made under the chin. The implant is then placed directly over the bone along the lower jaw. A pocket might be constructed to hold it, which may involve shaving the jawbone to help fit the implant in place. Surgical sutures will be used to attach the implant to the chin bone. In some cases, the incision will be made on the inside of the mouth. Immediately after surgery, medical tape or a compression dressing will be applied to help protect the implant while the jaw recovers.
Chin Augmentation During/After Surgery
Chin augmentation is an out patient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about an hour to complete, but it could take longer depending on the technique used. Recovery from this surgery usually takes about 4-6 weeks. During this time, the swelling, discomfort and numbness that occurs in the chin and lower lip will gradually improve. Most patients are pleased with their results and feel that they have a stronger, more defined profile because of the surgery.
Chin Augmentation Expected Costs
Most patients can expect to pay around $3,300 for a chin augmentation procedure. The exact and final cost will vary depending on the extent of the surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,300 - $3,300
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Chin Augmentation FAQ’s
What About a Double Chin?
Chin implants are designed to offer patients a sharper, stronger look to their jaw line. Those who have a “double chin” may be better candidates for a liposuction procedure where the fat within the chin and neck is removed. Sometimes this technique alone can create a new profile and look without needing to have an implant procedure.
Will Sensation Return?
It will be very normal to feel numbness and a change in skin sensation following chin augmentation surgery. As the implant gets used to its new habitat, nearby tissue and jaw line structures will also get used to having it there. Several weeks after surgery, this heightened sensation will begin to subside and, over time, normal sensitivity will gradually reappear. It may take up to a full year for patients to regain full sensitivity.
Scarring is very minimal with chin augmentation surgery because the incision is placed either on the inside of the mouth, where it is completely hidden, or it is made under the chin. Even the incision done under the chin will be mostly concealed or hard to see during social situations.
What About Genioplasty?
In addition to chin augmentation with implants, some individuals may be suitable candidates for genioplasty. This is a procedure that reshapes the chin by surgically repositioning the chin bone. This procedure is more complex than implants alone and is sometimes considered a reconstructive surgery. In some cases, genioplasty will be done in combination with neck liposuction and chin implants.