Chin Implant for a Teenager?

I've always been extremely self-conscious about my face, which has a sort of saggy appearance. I am seventeen years old, which I have been told is a bit too young (growth-wise) by my parents. They do not favor the idea of me having cosmetic surgery but know how self-conscious I am. My chin recedes a lot and is extremely short. Would I benefit from a chin implant? I have contemplated this for a long time and feel guilty since my problems are so minuscule compared to problems of others, but I have decided that I would feel much more confident.

Doctor Answers 13

Chin implant at 17

At 17, you need your parent to be with you for an exam from an experienced surgeon. In general terms, we check patients for orthognathic (bite) issues first, and if that needs correction or if the patient does not want that worked on, then we discuss chin implants. This is a relatively easy procedure to tolerate. We prefer to do this after facial development is complete, which is usually the case at 17 in young women.

Hope this helps.

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implants OK Once Face Has Stopped Growing

If you are under 18, you would need your parents to sign off on any procedure. I don't put any chronological limits on who can have surgery, or what type is best for them. My decisions are based on evaluating each patient's anatomy, growth, and skin quality. For younger patients, making sure that they are having the procedure done for sound reasons and ensuring they are psychologically ready for an invasive cosmetic surgery is also important. From your photos, it does look like you would benefit from a chin implant to make your profile stronger. Many patients feel more confident after getting a cosmetic procedure done. I hope this helps.

Jonathan Kulbersh, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant?

Thank you for your question and photo!  I suggest you seek a board certified plastic surgeon and have a consultation.  You need to wait until you are at least 18 years of age to have cosmetic surgery done.  Best of luck!
Dr Dhaval PatelDouble Board Certified Plastic SurgeonChicagoHoffman EstatesOak Brook

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Chin Aug in Adolescents

Most chin aug procedures are done on adults when final chin growth is finished. However in certain cases of malocclusion and undergrowth that is severe it may be warranted

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Teenager too young for a chin implant ?

Chin implant surgery is often performed on teens, just as we do rhinoplasty surgery.  It is an out patient procedure and you appear to be a good candidate for this procedure.

Your chin is not going to change (ie. grow further ) at 17, and this is not something you can diet and excercise to improve.  So you must decide to either live with what you have, or undergo a surgical procedure.  This has one of the shortest recoveries of any operation I perform.  

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant for Teenager

Judging from your photo, you are a good candidate for a nice, well-placed chin implant. The stronger chin would give better balance to your profile. In addition, I would recommend that you consider a carefully performed conservative liposuction of your neck just under your chin (submental area).

This liposuction procedure would further improve your profile and create a better angle between your chin and your neck. In my aesthetic judgment and experience, the chin region is among the most important cosmetic features of the face. When there is a receding chin, I almost always recommend enhancing the contour in this region. As a female at age 17, you are physically mature to have the procedure performed.

Sigmund L. Sattenspiel, MD
Freehold Facial Plastic Surgeon

Okay to have chin implant at 17 years of age

Indeed, according to the pictures, your chin is quite retrusive relative to the rest of your facial features. A small or medium-sized chin implant placed in the submental crease underneath the chin would be an excellent procedure to improve your facial balance. This can be done under a local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure. Seventeen years of age is an acceptable age and your chin has quit growing at this point.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant Will Improve Profile

As other posters have noted, I think that it is very clear that a chin implant (Mittleman pre-jowl anatomic implant) would improve your profile. Generally speaking, surgery on the nose and/or chin is best approached after puberty. This allows for adequate growth and development of facial structures. At age 17, this has happened in the majority of women. However, it is always better to stay on the safe side of caution and waiting until your 18th birthday is probably what I would recommend (after a complete history and examination).

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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A chin implant can improve you facial symmetry and projection

 Hello - At 17 and from your photo you are a good candidate for an implant.  However, you'll need your parents' permission at this age as well.  The entire procedure takes about 2 hours and is very well tolerated with minimal pain and downtime.  The cost is also very affordable as many offices offer financing.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Bone surgery or chin implant?

The choice for implants or bone surgery will depend on your occlusion. This will be evaluated by your surgeon. In the USA, a consent must be obtained from an adult. Therefore, your parents must agree.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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