If you have reached skeletal maturity, a chin implant can be placed and will help your profile.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Whether you would benefit best from an implant, or moving the bone forward (genioplasty or orthognathic surgery) will be determined when you consult with a physician with experience in this area. Regardless, your appearance can be improved.
Chin augmentation with a Silastic chin implant is a common procedure when patients have a recessive chin. The implants are inserted through a sub mental approach under local anesthesia.
Yes, you do have a recessed chin and would most definitely benefit from a chin implant. Yes, you are a candidate. When performed by a surgeon with experience, this procedure is quick and easy. The recovery is fast. The incision is small and under your chin.
I agree with you that your chin is too small. I would be interested to see how your teeth fit together. I would speculate that you may be a candidate for formal jaw surgery to move your chin and teeth into a more normal appearing and functional position. Given your age, you are at a good time in your life to begin this process.
Hope this helps.
Since you are a minor, your parents must weigh in on any diagnosis or treatment, but generally someone with the amount of chin recession similar to you has several options. A chin implant, a sliding genoiplasty or a mandibular advancement. No one can tell just by looking at your picture. A surgeon skilled in chin and jaw diagnosis and management can advise you accurately..
Joe Niamtu, III DMD
Cosmetic Facial Surgery