Chin and Cheek Augmentation

Chin augmentation, also called chin implant, is usually done to balance the face by making the chin longer compared to the nose.

What happens during chin augmentation?

Woman with beautiful cheekbones

You will have X-rays taken of your face and chin, which the doctor will use to determine what part of the chin to operate on.

When you need only a little bit of chin augmentation to round out the chin, the surgeon may use real bone or an implant made of silicone, Teflon, or Dacron. For this procedure, a cut is made either inside the mouth or outside under the chin. A pocket is created in front of the chin bone and under the muscles, and the implant is placed inside. The cut is closed with stitches and a bandage is applied. The scar is barely visible.

Surgery to correct bite problems can be done at the same time as chin surgery.

Who should have chin augmentation/chin implants?

The best candidates for chin augmentation are people with weak or receding chins (microgenia), but who have a normal dental bite.

Before your surgery, discuss your expectations about looking and feeling better with your Virginia Mason surgeon. Keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.
Are there risks involved with chin augmentation/chin implants?

Complications are uncommon but any surgery involves a certain amount of risk. Your Virginia Mason surgeon will explain these risks during your initial consultation. The most common complications of chin augmentation are:

  • Bruising
  • Movement of the implant
  • Swelling

After Your Chin Augmentation/Chin Implant

You will feel some discomfort and soreness, which you can easily control with medication. You might have to stick to a liquid diet for a day or two. You can resume light activity the day of surgery.

You should be able to return to work and your usual activity within seven to 10 days. You'll probably have the outside bandage removed within a week of surgery.

I'm interested in chin augmentation. How do I get started?

Schedule an appointment with Facial Plastic Surgery by calling us at (206) 341-0158.

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