Plastic Surgery

Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty or Mentoplasty)


The chin is a very important feature of the face.  Therefore, when the chin is too small or receding, it disrupts facial harmony.  Chin Augmentation is a procedure in which a plastic surgeon places a soft implant on the jawbone or gently moves the chin bone area forward to increase chin projection. 


The Procedure


Chin Augmentation using an implant is usually performed on an out-patient basis.  Most patients are able to resume their normal activities approximately one week after surgery.  You may experience numbness, swelling, discoloration, and some discomfort for about seven days following surgery.  The incisions are usually made inside the mouth just above the crease below the lower lip and gum.


Chin Augmentation that involves moving the chin bone forward is done through a small intra-oral incision the same as for the placement of a chin implant.  Problems with the teeth can be associated with a small chin and are usually not affected by the genioplasty operation.  Often advancing the chin bone for a genioplasty is known to often tighten the neck muscles and improve the neck contours.  This is not true for chin augmentation with an implant.


Chin Augmentation Recovery


You can expect swelling immediately following your procedure as with any surgery.  The swelling may produce a feeling of tightness in the neck and chin.  Some swelling may continue for seven to ten days following surgery; however, the discomfort should subside on about the third or fourth post operation day.  Contact your doctor’s office immediately if you feel you are experiencing excessive swelling and discomfort.


Chin Augmentation Cost


Chin Augmentation is a cosmetic procedure and not generally covered by insurance companies.  Please refer to your health insurance benefits booklet for specific information regarding coverage.  The cost for chin augmentation will vary depending on your specific cosmetic surgery needs. 

























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