Chin Augmentation Surgery (Chin Implants)

Genioplasty also called chin enhancement surgery or augmentation genioplasty using a chin implant improves contours of the chin, neck and jawline. Typically, surgery involves placement of an implant around a patient’s existing chin bone to augment the size and shape of the chin and achieve a more naturally attractive balance between facial features. When performed by a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon, chin enhancement surgery can provide a permanent solution to improve a weak or recessed chin.

If you are bothered by your recessed or “weak” chin, or you feel your facial features lack proportion, chin implant surgery can help you feel more confident in your appearance. Specifically, chin augmentation can:

  • Improve facial balance and harmony by bringing chin into better proportion with other features
  • Correct a weak or recessed chin
  • Improve definition of the neck and jawline
  • Help reduce the appearance of a full or “double” chin caused by a small chin bone

Chin implant surgery before and after

How is chin implant surgery performed?

Chin implant surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, performed using local anesthesia alone or with sedation. A small incision is made either underneath the chin or inside the mouth. Through this incision, Dr. Bolourian creates space or tunnel for the chin implant and fits it around the jaw bone. The implant is sometimes secured with a titanium screw.

Chin implant surgery typically takes less than 1 hour to perform. Following surgery, the incision is closed with sutures and the chin may be bandaged. You will go home the same day of surgery.

Woman holding a sample of a chin implant

What does a chin implant look like?

Chin implants are small, biocompatible solid silicone material which has been designed to fit around a patient’s chin bone. Chin implants vary in size and contour; Dr. Bolourian will help you choose an implant that will achieve your desired degree of enhancement and provide the most natural looking result.

Chin implants feel very similar to a natural chin bone, and when performed by a qualified surgeon, it is usually impossible to tell that a patient has had chin augmentation.

Recovering after chin implant surgery

Illustration of chin implant surgery before and after

Most chin augmentation patients experience relatively little downtime and are back to work and most other daily activities within 7 days after surgery. Discomfort is typically minimal and easily controlled with pain medication or cold compresses.

You will need to sleep face-up, with your head elevated, for a minimum of 1 to 2 weeks after surgery to help control post-op swelling and protect your healing incisions. Strenuous activity can typically be resumed within 3 to 4 weeks after chin augmentation. It is important to follow Dr. Bolourian’s specific instructions during recovery to ensure you heal well and your results look great as soon as possible.

Results look close to final within few weeks after surgery, and are considered final after about 3 months, when residual swelling has subsided.

Risks of chin implant surgery

When performed by a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon, chin augmentation is associated with very few to no complications. Possible risks include infection, hematoma (internal bleeding), shift in implant position, poor scarring, and side effects from anesthesia.