Richmond Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
11319 Polo Place
Midlothian, Virginia 23113 US
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"I had repair work done on a herniated buckle fat pads...however went ahead with a facelift from a previous botched one 5 years ago!" "Dr. Niamtu does a lot of teaching for other doctors and the public (and you can find tons of his publications online!)." "After discussing my personalized options, I knew that he was the one that I would entrust with my face."

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5 out of 5 stars Chin Surgery

Chin Surgery by Dr Joe Niamtu

Hello! My name is Elena. I am 30 years old. From my childhood I had underdeveloped lower jaw. I was pretty unhappy with the way I look, and about 8 years ago I decided to find a way to improve this. I saw Dr Levin from Russia. He suggested to install a silicone implant. But unfortunately after one surgery and several corrections it still did not look well well. My chin was small and asymmetrical. I was upset about the result, but at that time I was afraid to do another surgery. I left the idea to do anything about this for next 8 years. After I moved to the US I started thinking about my jaw again. I saw a couple doctors in my area. They said I need to remove the chin implant and have a genioplasty done. But all of them refused to do it saying it was risky. They all said that they afraid to do it, because they are not sure what kind of implant was installed in Russia. They were concerned that implant could crush to many pieces during the surgery. Dr Fallon from Syracuse,NY suggested me to see Dr Joe Niamtu as the best doctor who could help me with my problem.He said if somebody knows how to do repeated surgery it’s Dr Niamtu. We have contacted his office immediately. And after that all what we did, we were enjoying all pre and post surgery experience. All our conversations with Dr Niamtu and his medical personnel were very professional. They responded very fast and provided all the necessary information and answered my questions. Everything worked very well. All the pre-surgery paperwork and organizations were done over just a couple of days. We sent them all that was needed. They sent all documents for us, with very detailed and thorough instructions, the dates for surgery and pre- and post-consultations. I was an out-of-town patient, and it was extremely easy to consult Dr. Niamtu and to schedule the surgery even though we could not meet in person. We had scheduled the day of the surgery, the day of the pre-surgery consultation, and 3 post surgery visits. All our impression of Dr Niamtu and his medical personnel was very positive. I felt very comfortable. He did a CT scan of my head, and he explained to me very well what is going on with my jaw and wha he can do to help me. From the first minute after I met him,I knew that he is definitely my doctor. Before I was worrying a lot to have a new surgery. Especially after my not very good experience in Russia. But after our pre-surgery visit felt that everything will be good this time. And it was! Now is has been almost two month from my surgery. I am absolutely happy with result! Dr Niamtu removed my old implant. He cut my bones and moved them down and forward. After that I do not need an implant any more. After the surgery Dr Niamtu explained to us all the post-surgery rehabilitation. I think the first month was the most difficult. When it was painful, you can not chew, everything is numb and swollen.And there was also a very strange pressure feeling in the lower teeth. It was very annoying. And also you can not open your mouth very well, and sometimes I could hear some crunchy sound. It all became better after one month. Once I was worrying about my pain level. We called Dr Niamtu on his personal mobile number that he gave us beforehand for situations like that. That was very nice on his side. He comforted me, suggested some pain medicine and explained that everything is normal and it takes time for all the muscles and nerves to recover. And with every day it was getting better. First,I was worrying a little bit that maybe my chin is too big for me. But I was patient and yes, it was just swollen a lot.Now it is much smaller.And I love it! My chin is still a bit numb but it is slowly regaining it’s sensitivity. I can feel more and more parts of my lip and chin.And my smile has improved a lot! Just after the surgery I could not control my smile. I did not feel how I do it and it looked rather strange. Also during the first couple weeks after the surgery I could not see my upper teeth while I was smiling. But it is gone with time.And now I have my normal smile back! After all I am glad that I did it! It was absolutely worth it. I am so happy that after all this searching and speaking with other doctors I came to Dr Niamtu. Thank you, dear Dr Joe. I am really happy! These photos will show what I looked like before the surgery and one month after surgery. Thank you everyone for reading this.

5 out of 5 stars Lip Augmentation

So far so good

My experience with him has been wonderful so far. I stopped in for a consultation with him maybe 3 weeks ago. He was very friendly. He's done one syringe of juvederm in my lips since then and they look beautiful! I plan to have my cheeks and genioplasty done by him later this year. He's also going to work on a couple scars on my face.

5 out of 5 stars Dysport

Dysport is Going to Be my Treatment for the Wrinkles on Forehead & Around Eyes Wherever You Can Get It! Painless - Richmond, VA

DR NIAMTU is the best plastic Sugeon ever! I had repair work done on a herniated buckle fat pads...however went ahead with a facelift from a previous botched one 5 years ago! Amazing difference!! Love him and his office staff! No one else will touch me!!

5 out of 5 stars Cheek Augmentation

Cheek Implants with Dr. Niamtu - Midlothian, VA

Dr. Niamtu and staff exceeded my expectations from pre-op arrangements all the way to post-op.

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Botox in Forehead 11's. Richmond, VA

I've gone to dr Niamtu for Botox for several years. I live about an hour and 20 minutes away, but worth the drive. Botox injection is available in the town I live in, however, it's much more expensive. Botox is administered by the unit. I usually get 20-25 units in my 11's (between the eyes). My two options here are to go to UVA, where you must purchase the entire bottle ($500+), or the med...

5 out of 5 stars Cheek Augmentation

27 Y/o Finally Getting Cheeks and Filler in Recessed Chin with Dr. Niamtu in VA

I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Niamtu. I live in southern PA and had to travel 3.5 hours to get here and have no regrets in doing so. I went for my consultation with Dr. Niamtu in December 2015. He was just as impressive and genuine as he seemed in his online presence. I have met approximately 8 or 9 other plastic surgeons in total throughout my cosmetic surgery experiences, and only one has ever come close to his wonderful customer service. He is patient, thorough, and does not rush you, which is almost unheard of in this industry. Dr. Niamtu gave me both his personal cell number and e-mail address after the consultation and was very responsive to my many questions before surgery, as has been his nursing and patient coordinator staff. Dr. Niamtu and his staff were UP FRONT about every single possible complication that can go on, the duration and healing I can expect. Every other plastic surgeon I've seen has only shared information about surgery complications upon my inquiring about it. Additionally, Dr. Niamtu made himself present to me multiple times on the day of surgery where again, many surgeons do not. Dr. Niamtu does a lot of teaching for other doctors and the public (and you can find tons of his publications online!). He also does pro-bono work and has a humongous book in his office filled with hundreds of thank-you cards from patients. He is a person of integrity who loves his job.

5 out of 5 stars CO2 Laser

60 Years Old and an Unfamiliar Face Looking Back at Me in the Mirror! - Richmond, VA

So, here you are... at the same place I was in checking out surgeons for what will be one of the biggest decisions of your life! I was recommended to Dr. Joe Niamtu from my G.P. so I started doing my homework... after many months, I made my decision to set up an appointment. I've been to plenty of Drs through the years, for different issues, most of them were very good but we all know that feeling of being herded through like cattle or that impersonal feeling of being just a number.  I am so glad that I chose Dr. Joe, ( isn't that a wonderful thing to be comfortable enough to call your Dr. by his first name)... That's the way it is at his office, everyone there is so warm and caring, they care for you with genuine concern and make you feel like family.  Dr. Joe is an expert at what he does, he totally loves his job and his heart and soul is in it 100%,  you can feel that from your first visit!  It is so important that you have complete trust in your Dr. and my anxiety was put to rest with his first evaluation of me. I knew from the start that he had genuine concern for me and my very best interest at heart. After discussing my personalized options, I knew that he was the one that I would entrust with my face.  His staff is amazing, I can tell he hand picked them to give the absolute best care and attention to the needs of his patients.  I am still in the healing process but I can tell you that I am so happy with my results and at a month out, they are only going to get better. I'm excited!!! I have never been cared for so well and I have never been as comfortable with a Doctor.  He, not only has a wonderful gift as a surgeon and is a master artist at what he does, he has a personality that immediately puts you at ease and is warm, caring and fun! So I say... remember that feeling  you had as a child when your daddy said ... "come on, jump to me’ in the deep end of the pool... “I'll catch you"...You were scared and even though you couldn't swim yet, you trusted that you were going to be safe because you KNEW he was not going to let anything happen to you... You jumped! It took courage but you were safely caught into his dependable, devoted arms! That’s CHILDLIKE FAITH!!! That's the faith that I have in Dr. Joe.   He is an amazing surgeon that has honesty, integrity and your best interest at the forefront of his medical center..  They have been such a blessing to me and now when I look in the mirror... I see me!!! It’s nothing short of a miracle! Words cannot express my gratitude to Dr. Joe and each and every member of his team. I just love them all for being so good to me. They are without a doubt the very best!!! I highly recommend Dr Joe for all your surgical needs!

4 out of 5 stars Juvederm

Removal of Juvederm Resulted in Loose Bags over Cheeks (Festoons) That Never Existed Previously

I do not fault any doctors for this occurrence. I am not against fillers. People should be aware that injecting and dissolving a filler may result in worse conditions than before the filler was placed. Perhaps more studies should be done on areas of injection and age and condition of skin.

5 out of 5 stars Botox

25 Y.o. First Time Botox - Midlothian, VA

Dr. Niamtu is excellent. He's highly experienced with Botox and completed my treatment in under a minute. The procedure was only slightly uncomfortable and I had absolutely no pain afterwards! I may need a few more units to get the results I want, but I wanted to ease into it, as this was my first time. As far as I can tell, I'll get this done again!

5 out of 5 stars Silikon 1000

Lip Augmentation - Silikon 1000 - Midlothian, VA

I made the decision earlier this year to get permanent lip augmentation with Silikon 100. My decision was based on approximately 40 hours of research over a six year period. Previously I received 3 lip augmentations with Restylane. I liked the results for Restylane but the injections were terribly painful for me and subsequent swelling for 2 days following I found very uncomfortable. My lips,...

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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Consultation Fee

A consultation fee is due at the time of booking an appointment.

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Niamtu has hospital affiliations at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA St. Mary's Hospital Richmond, VA Memorial Regional Hospital, Richmond, VA Henrico Doctor's Hospital Richmond, CA.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, Kent State University, Kent, OH
    Graduate: Neuroanatomy, Kent State University Graduate School
    Dental: DMD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Practice, Carolinas Medical Center
    Oran & Maxillofacial Surgery, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Treatments offered at Joe Niamtu III, DMD | Cosmetic Facial Surgery

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Intra-oral vs sub-mental chin implant

Can't believe this is even a debate. There is not difference in final outcome. The advantage of putting an implant in through the mouth is not scar on... READ MORE

Silicon chin implanted 20 years ago causing bone erosion: What should I do? (Photo)

It needs to come out. I would do a synthetic bone graft at the same time and not put anything back for 6 months. You could put another chin implant,... READ MORE

What kind of Chin Implant will give me both a strong jaw line and chin projection? (photos)

Chin implants come in numerous sizes and the glove type implant is good for creating a full jaw with projection. You can see more info in my chin... READ MORE

Is a sliding genioplasty more successful than a chin implant?

You have been misinformed. It is unfortunate that since some doctors don't do chin implants that they berate them. I have placed over 300 chin... READ MORE

Is chin implant and lipo a good choice for me? (Photo)

You are definitely a candidate for a chin implant, but probably better suited to have facelift with it instead of just lipo. The lipo only can make... READ MORE

My chin wrinkles up when I close my mouth! Help? (Photo)

You have a recessive chin and probably also have what is called Lip Incompetence, meaning your lip struggles to close and the wrinkles are probably... READ MORE

What procedure do you suggest to correct my weak chin? (photos)

I don't believe (judging from pictures) that you are a chin implant patient. Your chin is short in the vertical dimension and you are probably a... READ MORE

Can chin implant solve my problem? (photo)

You have a extremely recessive chin and are probably a chin implant candidate. You also have lip incompetence and have difficulty bringing your lips... READ MORE

20 units of Botox were not effective on my glabellar lines. Any concerns about touching up with 25 units, 2.5 weeks later?

There can be many variables, but when I personally get Botox or when I inject my patients I begin with 20 units and touch up with another 5-10 units... READ MORE

How will a chin implant help with achieving a visible jaw line? (Photo)

You are not a chin implant candidate, don't let anyone do that. You need a sliding genioplasty because you need vertical and horizontal... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Niamtu

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