Am I a good candidate for a chin implant/jaw surgery? (photo)

I am a 21 year old male. I am self conscious of my chin and jawline. I think I have a weak/receding chin. Based on my appearance is a chin implant or sliding genioplasty something you would recommend? Thanks in advance for your advice.

Doctor Answers 4

A Chin implant will improve your profile and facial balance

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A sub periosteal chin implant will markedly improve your facial profile and facial balance. You should have your teeth evaluated to see if you have correct occlusion. If your teeth do not meet well you may be better off with orthonathic surgery, moving your jaw. If you have good occlusion of your teeth then a chin implant is a simple and very effective method to improve your appearance.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant surgery to improve profile and weak chin

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Based on the photographs provided, you appear to be a candidate for chin surgery, either chin implant or sliding genioplasty. Each procedure has its advantages and disadvantages. A plastic surgeon can also review computer simulation photographs with you to help visualize potential results of chin plastic surgery. Of the two, most plastic surgeons will perform a chin implant.

Speak with a palstic surgeon to help determine appropriate options for you.


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Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant for recessive chin profile

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A chin implant can be inserted under local anesthesia through a sub-mental approach with a simple 30 minute outpatient procedure. Chin implants were manufactured in a variety of sizes and shapes, and sometimes have to be custom carved when pre-existing asymmetries are present in the mandible. Jaw advancement surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting and may require a day or 2 in the hospital afterwards.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Implant vs. Sliding Genioplasty for Short Chin/Jawline

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You could have either a chin implant or sliding genioplasty for your particular chin problem. There are advantages and disadvantages with either approach but more information is needed to make that decision that just a few photographs. Computer imaging needs to be done to see how these two types of procedures look on you and what type of jawline shape you are looking for.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.