Chin Implant or Jaw Advancement?

I'm a 25 y/o female, with a very weak/small jaw. The distance between my neck and end of chin is very short, but my chin does not look very recessed in relation to the rest of my face. I had braces, when I was younger to correct a moderate overbite (which seems corrected). Would I benefit from a chin implant to strengthen the look of my lower face? Or would a jaw advancement be better? What about a sliding genioplasty?

Doctor Answers 9

Chin implant or jaw advancement


Based on the look of your side profile photo, it does not appear you may benefit from a chin implant.  It would be best for you to consult a highly skilled maxillofacial surgeon for any advice.  He or she will be able to give you the best information regarding sliding genioplasty or mandibular advancement.  Thank you, and good luck.

Dr. Nassif

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant

Hi there. A “strong” and well-defined jaw and chin have traditionally been attractive physical traits. As such, some patients present with concerns about a weak or recessed chin.
A more aesthetic chin may be achieved by placement of a chin implant. Interestingly, a balanced chin improves overall facial appearance and may actually influence nasal projection.For example, a weak chin may increase the severity of an overprojected nose.
Good overall medical health, as well as realistic expectations, are necessary. It is also key to understand all aspects of the surgery and aftercare. A pleasing, balanced profile can be achieved by inserting an implant to augment a weak chin, resulting in improved facial harmony.
Hope this is helpful. Best wishes.

Anand G. Shah, MD
San Antonio Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Chin Options

Thanks for the picture.  It also depends on your occlusion or bite which really needs to be determined by a consult.  Aesthetically, a chin implant can improve the look of your face.  You need to find a surgeon with facial experience that you trust and have a consultation.  Let them guide you through these decisions.  Good luck!

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Chin implant versus jaw advancement

A chin implant or sliding genioplasty would both work well to increase one's chin projection. Neither affects the allignment of the teeth (dental occlusion). An in-person evaluation is obviously needed to determine if more extensive surgery is needed to change the occlusion.

A sliding genioplasty can allow for more of an vertical increase in chin projection (if desired) in addition to forward projection. Chin implants mainly create forward projection.

I would recommend having a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with chin augmentation procedures. I find that computer morphing during the evaluation allows for a great dialogue regarding how much augmentation is desired. This would help with the decision regarding which augmenation approach to use.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Chin implant or jaw advancement surgery?

The jaw advancement surgery is performed when the teeth do not fit correctly together. A chin implant is simply a cosmetic improvement of the chin to make it better balanced with the facial features. A chin implant is done purely for cosmetic purposes and it is quite simple and easy to do. It is done under local anesthesia and takes approximately ½ hour to perform. It is also completely reversible and can be removed if needed.

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

A chin implant is a simple, effective way to improve your profile

If you are not having significant occlusional problems, a chin implant is a simple and effective way to improve your profile.  Chin implant surgery is low risk and a much faster recovery that other options.  You need to be properly evaluated by a Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon, or General Plastic Surgeon.  Warmest regards, Dr. Pippin.

Gregory Pippin, MD
Metairie Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Both will work

Dear Jessie, a very intelligent question.  Let's look at this several ways.  If you are just looking at this from a cosmetic standpoint then a chin implant or a sliding genioplasty will work well.  There are pros and cons to each procedure which can be discussed with you at your consultation.  Just seeing this picture I would certainly consider a chin implant but not without examining you and evaluating your dental situation and face on views.  Sometimes I will even get a panorex before making a final decision.

If you don't have a dental occlusion problem there is probably no need to to a jaw advancement.  This is a much bigger more involved surgery that I would refer to the university setting for treatment by a plastic surgeon specializing in craniofacial surgery.  Good luck.

Steven Schuster, MD, FACS
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Chin Implant or Jaw Advancement

We appreciate the question you are asking, but this is a very high level decision that should only be made in an in person evaluation not over the internet!. Many examinations are needed and tests are needed in order to determine the better course of action. For example; occlusion and dental/panorex films, other type X-rays, facial evaluation. My guess is a bony operation but it is possible a graft or implant might work. Seek in person evaluations from boarded surgeons in your area. Thanks for the side view photo best of Luck. 

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

Chin implant, genioplasty, or jaw advancement?

Thank you for the photo, this is helpful. You could perhaps benefit from an implant or a genioplasty. However, I could not advise you about the jaw advancement without an examination of your occlusion. If this has been corrected, as you state, and if teeth were extracted to accomplish this, then a sliding genioplasty could be a reasonable long term solution. The vast majority of patients prefer the short term recovery from a chin implant rather than the osseous genioplasty

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

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