I notice I have a small chin. Am I Good Candidate for a Chin Implant? (photo)

Thinking about getting a chin implant after noticing i have a small chin ... Would i have a visible improvement?

Doctor Answers 7

Chin implant augmentation

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}


  Thank you for including the photograph with your question.  From this single view I agree that you are a good candidate for chin implant augmentation.  There are a number of new implants that not only increase the projection on side view but can also add width if your chin is deficient on front view.  Spend some time in the mirror examining your chin from a few different angles.  The more likes and dislikes that you can communicate to your surgeon the more the choice of implant can be customized to meet your goals.

  Chin implant augmentation is a relatively straight forward and affordable procedure.  Most people are happy with the look and feel of the implant and the procedure has relatively minimal recovery time compared to most other facial plastic procedures. 

Hope this helps.

San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Candidate for Chin Implant

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}
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.


Am I a good candidate for a chin implant?

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

I think you would be really happy with surgery. I recommend a consultation with an experienced surgeon who has experience with chin implants and uses computer imaging software. This will give you an idea of the results you can expect, and will allow you to give feedback and express any concerns you may have.  It ensures that both you and your surgeon are on the same page prior to surgery. You may want to ask about a little bit of liposuction in the area as well for the best result.  Thank you and good luck!

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Chin Augmentation Options

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

You certainly have a significant short chin. Undoubtably some form of chin augmentation would be beneficial from a facial balance standpoint. But whether that should be done with an implant vs a sliding genioplasty would need to be determined by computer imaging. Once you have a horiizontal deficiency that is beyond 8 to 10mms and/or combined with a vertical deficiency, implants are not going to be sufficient.

Yes to a chin implant

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Dear Edith,

  • Yes, it would give your face a great overall balance
  • You can morph pics to give you an idea of what it would look like

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

Chin implant

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Your profile will improve with addition of a chin implant. It will have to be of an appropriate size and not overdone.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon

Am I Good Candidate for a Chin Implant?

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Yes. A chin implant would cause visible augmentation in your chin and an improvement in your profile view. This is often combined with conservative liposuction under the chin and along the jawline to really enhance the appearance of this region. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

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.