What is a chin implant?
In chin implant surgery, a sculpted piece of material is inserted in your chin, then molded around your chin bone to increase the size and improve the definition of your chin and jawline. The surgeon might also reshape or move your natural chin bone to achieve the look you want.
Chin or jaw implants are usually made of silicone, but some doctors use Gore-Tex, Teflon, or even biological materials.
Also called chin enhancement surgery or genioplasty, this procedure can address a recessed or weak chin (microgenia), bringing better balance to facial features. It can also correct a double chin that’s caused by a small chin bone.
What are the pros and cons of a chin implant?
- Chin augmentation balances out your facial features, gives your jaw more definition, and reduces a double chin.
- The procedure can be customized to give you the best results.
- The surgery itself is relatively quick, and you’ll go home the same day.
- Some RealSelf members reported more discomfort during chin implant recovery than they expected.
- Final results can take up to three months to appear, due to swelling.
- Patients may feel a tightness in their chin for about three weeks while their skin adjusts to the implant.
- Some female RealSelf members say their jawline looked masculine until the swelling subsided.
What happens during chin implant surgery?
Generally, chin augmentation is done as an outpatient procedure, but some surgeons perform it in a hospital. This procedure requires a local anesthetic, often with IV sedation, but some doctors prefer a general anesthetic for more complex surgeries.
First, your surgeon makes a small incision under the chin or inside the mouth so that the scar won’t be too noticeable. Then they create a pocket to insert the implant and mold it around your chin bone. Some patients with very small chins may need to have their jawbone cut and moved to make space for the implant, which gets attached to the bone with stitches or screws.
Once the implant is secured, the surgeon sutures the incision and bandages the chin.
Chin augmentation surgery takes anywhere from one to three hours. Some patients combine this procedure with neck liposuction, to better accentuate the jawline. Dr. George J. Beraka, a plastic surgeon in New York City, explains in a RealSelf Q&A, “I often use a chin implant with a face and neck lift, because it’s so helpful in creating a clean right angle under the chin and taking up the lax neck skin.” If additional procedures are performed, the surgery may take longer.
How long does chin implant surgery recovery take?
After chin implant surgery, most patients need a week of downtime before returning to work and three to four weeks before returning to strenuous activities or vigorous exercise.
You can expect to see final results three months post-surgery, once the swelling has gone down.
How much does a chin implant cost?
What you pay will depend on the type of implant used, your surgeon’s location and level of experience, and whether you have local or general anesthetic. Confirm with your surgeon what’s included in the price you’re quoted.
Your surgery will also cost more if it’s performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as neck liposuction.
Because a chin implant is a cosmetic procedure, it’s unlikely that insurance will cover the cost.
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I was operated on by Dr. Mark Doyle for a chin implant procedure nearly 6 months ago now. Although he didn't quote exorbitant fees, it was clear after extensive research that he was one of the best in his field with a track record to match. He was very straight forward, patient and happy to... READ MORE
Jaw implants, that sort of wrapped around the chin. But can only input chin implant on realself. I'm so exhausted of dealing with this for the last two months, that I don't even want to write another full review here. I wrote a substantial one with way more photos elsewhere online, and many... READ MORE
Ever since I was young I've had a round face, and double chin. Even at my tiniest I would have this hereditary double chin that went with me wherever I went- now that I have the research and the funds I figure id do something about it! This is my journey. Consultation was amazing. I had been... READ MORE
I used to feel there was something wrong with my face but after this my facial symmetry was fixed. I had a rhinoplasty and alarplasty done before, but the previous doctor did a poor job for the alarplasty along so I had a revision alarplasty along with the other 2 surgeries. They were done under... READ MORE
Since I was young I have never been happy with my recessed chin and lack of facial balance. I was made fun of as a child and teenager for my side profile. I have always felt that I was relatively attractive but that my lack of chin was holding me back. I always wondered if just chin and neck... READ MORE