I am 25 years old and healthy, I have a very small chin. Am I a Candidate for a Chin Implant? (photos)

I am 25 years old and healthy, I have a very small chin and am wondering if I am a candidate for an implant, I also have very fat cheeks and a very week Jaw. I was wondering if A. a chin implant will give my face a more balanced look and B. if I am not a candidate what are my other options?

Doctor Answers 11

Candidate for Chin Implant

It is necessary to get a proper examination done by a board accredited plastic surgeon. After observing your pictures you could be a candidate for chin augmentation. Patients whose chin profiles are weak but have normally functioning jaws are candidates for Chin Augmentation. Many of these candidates have used injectable fillers in the past to strengthen the protrusion of their chins, but are looking for a permanent solution. Chin augmentation most often is used to restore balance to the face due to a weak chin (under-projecting in profile). This disproportion of facial structure—having a small chin—tends to make the nose look larger and results in a poor jaw/neckline. As it doesn’t support the neck skin, often it causes skin to hang down from the upper neck and can lead eventually to a “turkey waddle” deformity. Chin implants can also create a wider, stronger chin. They can also be used to lengthen the face slightly.

It is a very simple outpatient procedure typically done in the plastic surgeon’s office or in a surgery center. It is usually done under local anesthesia with oral sedation or intravenous sedation, but can be done under general anesthesia if requested.

It is very important to select a highly-skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, such as one of our doctors, to aid you in selecting the implants and insertion methods that will give you the best possible result.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Chin implant

When performed properly by a highly skilled surgeon, a chin implant may yield excellent results and balance your face very nicely. It will likely enhance the appearance of your jawline as well. I would really need to examine you in person to directly answer the question of whether or not you are a good candidate. Please feel free to contact my office to schedule a consultation. My contact information is listed in my profile. Thank you and best of luck to you.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Chin implant will improve weak chin and jaw


Yes, you are an excellent candidate for a chin implant.  You lower mandible is moderately recessive and would require a medium sized silastic chin implant such as those made by Implant Tech.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Chin Implantis the Simplest Option

As other posters have noted, your profile demonstrates a retruded chin.  However, there is no information available about your dental occlusion.  If your bite is normal, an extra large anatomically designed silastic chin implant (my preference is the Mittelman pre-jowl implant) would provide a very nice result.  As others have noted, a sliding genioplasty is also an option.  If your dental occlusion is not aligned, orthognathic surgery is probably a better choice.  This last option is much more complicated and requires a great deal more recovery time.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Chin implants are exellent for creating facial balance

There are a number of options for facial profile enhancement. The simplest is a chin implant. There are a number of shape and size options that can be used depending on your needs. More invasive surgery might include cutting and sliding the bone, called a sliding genioplasty. If you have an abnormal bite, orthognathic surgery can restore a normal bite at the same time as improving your profile, but this is extensive surgery.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

Chin Implant for Weak Chin and Jaw

You have an exceptionally recessive chin from what I can tell from the photo. What I cannot see is the occlusion of your teeth and the anatomy of your jaw (the latter requires an X-ray). These will have a bearing on what the options of correction are. Some, and occasionally significant, improvement can be achieved with a simple implant no matter what the underlying occlusion and anatomy. Sometimes this is a reasonable alternative, even when a jaw repositioning is the best solution. I would see a Plastic Surgeon who has experience with implants and maxillofacial (bony) remodeling.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Chin Implant

From the picture posted you may be a candidate.

How ever the decision for any surgery require extensive exam of the facial bones, the proportions of the face the bite and what are your expectations and needs.

After thorough exam by your BOARD CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON then a discusion of what is the best procedure available to you and the potential risks, and alternatives.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Chin implant

From your so kind posting of a photo YES! you are a candidate for a chin implant. Also a sliding genioplasty. Go see 3 boarded PS's in your area.


Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Your small chin and week jaw may be improved with Chin Implant Surgery.

I reviewed your profile photo, and you appear to be a good candidate for Chin Implant Surgery. This is a 30-minute procedure that I perform with a small incision under your chin. I prefer "Extended Anatomical" implants from Implantech. There is very little downtime, and silicone elastomer implants have a long track record of reliability and safety.

I hope you find this helpful.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 418 reviews

Implant Chin Augmentation

The choice of an implant chin augmentation would depend on your antomy. Without a photograph it is impossibe to comment specifically on your case. Certain condition of severe retruded or "weak" chins are better served by several types of gENIOPLASTY in which the chin is actually sawn and advanced either forward or forward and inferiorly where it is fixed in place. Chin implants are used is simpler cases and the choice of a particular implant would depend on the look you want to achieve.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

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