Should I get a Chin Implant or Rhinoplasty or both?

I was considering rhinoplasty at first then realized I could better improve my facial harmony by getting a chin implant. Maybe my nose appears bigger cause of my weak chin? What about rhinoplasty, am I just being over critical and just leave my nose alone? Thanks for your time

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Realized I could better improve my facial harmony by getting a chin implant. Maybe my nose appears bigger cause of my weak chin?

 Hi, I have performed many Rhinoplasty Surgeries and Chin Augmentations using chin implants for over 30 years.  From the photos, your chin is weak.  A weak chin creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy and the lower face look short that de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a double chin.  Chin augmentation using a chin implant will add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face. 

 I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick, highly effective and far less invasive than a sliding genioplasty.  I perform chin implant surgery in 30 minutes or less, often using a local anesthetic alone.  In my opinion, you are a good candidate for chin implant surgery.

 The profile photo shows an over-rotated nasal tip that is a bit wide in the front view.  The nasal tip can be thinned and refined while decreasing the over-rotation with a Tip-plasty and wouldn't require a full Rhinoplasty.  I frequently combine both procedures.  You are correct that while a tip-plasty (Rhinoplasty) will thin and refine the nose, it by itself will not provide harmony and balance to the lower face that a chin implant will provide.

Hope this helps.


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and chin

You definitely would look better with a chin implant.

Without seeing  all your facial features, I cannot recommend a rhinoplasty. Your nose does look attractive and reasonably balanced as is.

Dennis Barek, MD
Great Neck Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Chin Implant and /or Rhinoplasty

A small chin will make your nose look bigger. Your pictures are not complete but it does appear that both a rhinoplasty and chin augmentation will improve your appearance and achieve better facial balance. I need to see pictures for nasal evaluation as described on my website.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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A chin implant and a rhinoplasty are often performed concurrently to help address refinements to the nose and to simultaneously strengthen a weak chin.  From the profile view you submitted, it does appear that you would benefit from a chin implant to help project the chin and balance your profile features.   

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