Whos a Candidate for a Chin Implant?

What age does the chin stop growing on a male? What are some alternatives to a implant? I do not have a strong chin

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Chin implant age

  Most patients by the age of 16 are good candidates for a chin implant. At this age the facial profile is basically defined and the oral bite is what it is for better or worse. It is nice to go to high school with the problem of a weak chin easily solved without much surgical risk.

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant and Alternatives

Silicone implants or soft tissue fillers can be used to improve the shape of a chin. The procedure itself is minimally invasive and uses only a small incision hidden beneath the chin. There is a fast recovery time with very little bruising post-operation. Implants have a long-standing record of being safe to use and have very few complications.If an implant is not the way you want to go, enhancement of the chin and jawline can also be made by using soft tissue fillers.These include Radiesse or Sculptra, man-made tissue fillers that have a lasting period of two to five years. A plastic surgeon can also use a fat transfer technique by using your own fat cells to enhance your chin or jawline. This is a very natural, re-routing of the fat tissues in your body that are detracting from your overall beautiful appearance. It leaves a natural feeling result and is very unlikely to have any complications at all.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Candidates for chin implant

The chin has most likely stopped growing by age 18 and it is acceptable to undergo surgery for a chin implant.  A submental incision is made and the silastic implant is placed directly on top of the chin bone.  The implant augments the chin forward to give the illusion of a longer jaw line.  The alternative to a chin implant is to perform mandibular osteotomies to set the jaw forward.  Mandibular osteotomies are best performed by oral surgeons who routinely perform this surgery.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Who is a Candidate for a Chin Implant?

I recommend that a young man wait until age 18 to augment the chin. For most patients a chin implant is the best procedure. The chin bone (the mandible) can be advanced but this is a much bigger procedure that usually is not necessary. The chin can be augmented with fat or fillers but normally this is temporary.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant candidate and alternatives

We typically suggest waiting until facial growth has stabilized before having jaw sugery. For males this is usually around 15-17 years of age.

Alternatives to chin implant placement are:

  • Slliding genioplasty which involves advancing your chin bone itself and securing it with a titanium plate
  • Skin filler injection: this is a temporary procedure but can be done in the office.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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If you are 16 years old, you can have a chin implant.


Radiesse (about two syringes) injected deeply into the chin will give you a stronger chin for several years.  For a permanent result, an anatomical chin implant works very well.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Chin and Lower Jaw Growth

The development of the lower jaw, and its most anterior projection of the chin, does not fully mature until near age 21. For mild cases of chin weakness, it may be best to wait for  chin augmentation until this time. For more significant chin deficiencies, maturity will help but substantative changes are not likely to occur much after age 16. Earlier intervention with chin augmentation may be justified in these situations.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant

Inserting a chin implant is a great surgical method to enhance a male's chin.  A much stronger profile is created with the use of a chin implant.  There are a multitude of implants styles that are appropriate. Consult with a surgeon who performs and is familiar with inserting chin implants. 

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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