Chin augmentation is a common cosmetic procedure among both men and women who feel their chin is not defined or in synch with the rest of the face. Chin augmentation with implants (mentoplasty) helps strengthen the features of the lower jaw and create a shapelier profile. Baltimore plastic surgeon, Dr. Janet Woodyard, performs chin augmentation using a biocompatible synthetically produced flexible silicone implant that is designed in a variety of shapes and sizes. With the help of chin implants, a more prominent, stronger jaw line and wider, lengthier chin can be attained.
"Dr. Woodyard, I sincerely would like to thank you such a kind and patient person and doctor that you are. You make sure that things are understood by the patient and explained thoroughly. Thank you for not being one of many "Stuffy" doctors that we have in healthcare. I would also like to inform you of the professional, very patient and friendly staff. I call the office five times in one day and the hospitality is always the same. They are the poster children of "Customer friendly". I really appreciate you and excited to have experienced you are my doctor."- L / Office Visit / Nov 14, 2017
"I am beyond thrilled I walked into Dr. Woodyard’s office two years ago. Her professionalism and technical competence are excelled only by her bedside manner. My issues with my skin have been resolved and the experience has been truly life changing. Another critical part of my experience is the exceptional staff the doctor employs. To a person they are professional, patient and dependable. A special shout out to Stacey Edgar for her skin care services and product recommendations. Her knowledge of the latest developments In cosmeceuticals has actually streamlined my daily routine. I use four basic items instead of a medicine cabinet filled with goop and concoctions that don’t deliver. I save time and money, and my skin glows."- K.H. / Google / Apr 19, 2019
"I got lip injections from Dr. Woodyard in January, and they still look great. She did my consultation and procedure in the same day and explained each option thoroughly and answered all of my questions. 100% recommend, I will be going back for another round of fillers soon ??"- A.S. / Facebook / Apr 11, 2019
"I would refer her to as many people as possible. Dr. Woodyard bedside manners and her skills and knowledge are out of this world. I am 8 months Post Op and it's the most rewarding surgery I've ever had I was a H cup now a C cup.. I absolutely just love my breast If I could show them everyday I would. The experience I've had in her office have been just as rewarding as it has been to be under the care of Dr. Woodyard... Thanks for all of your care."- J.K. / Google / Apr 11, 2019
"Doctor Woodyard is the Best - I love her! Doctor Woodyard is the epitome of professional, courteous, and kindness. She makes me feel confident with the entire process of injectables. I leave feeling beautiful. She is a spectacular doctor, and person. I definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in fillers or any cosmetic procedure to visit Doctor Woodyard office and see for yourself how terrific she is."- H. / RealSelf / Mar 27, 2019
A common technique for this procedure uses a silicone implant that is moved through an incision made under the chin. The implant is then placed directly over the bone along the lower jaw. A pocket might be constructed to hold it, which may involve shaving the jawbone to help fit the implant in place. Surgical sutures will be used to attach the implant to the chin bone. In some cases, the incision will be made on the inside of the mouth. Immediately after surgery, medical tape or a compression dressing will be applied to help protect the implant while the jaw recovers.
Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about an hour to complete, but it could take longer depending on the technique used. Recovery from this surgery usually takes about 4-6 weeks. During this time, the swelling, discomfort and numbness that occurs in the chin and lower lip will gradually improve. Most patients are pleased with their results and feel that they have a stronger, more defined profile because of the surgery.
Most patients can expect to pay between $2,500-$3,500 for a chin augmentation procedure. The exact and final cost will vary depending on the extent of the surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Total Cost
- $2,500 - $3,500
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-3 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Chin Augmentation FAQs
What About a Double Chin?
Chin implants are designed to offer patients a sharper, stronger look to their jaw line. Those who have a “double chin” may be better candidates for a liposuction procedure where the fat within the chin and neck is removed. Sometimes this technique alone can create a new profile and look without needing to have an implant procedure.
Will Sensation Return?
It will be very normal to feel numbness and a change in skin sensation following chin augmentation surgery. As the implant gets used to its new habitat, nearby tissue and jaw line structures will also get used to having it there. Several weeks after surgery, this heightened sensation will begin to subside and, over time, normal sensitivity will gradually reappear. It may take up to a full year for patients to regain full sensitivity.
Scarring is very minimal with chin augmentation surgery because the incision is placed either on the inside of the mouth, where it is completely hidden, or it is made under the chin. Even the incision done under the chin will be mostly concealed or hard to see during social situations.
What About Genioplasty?
In addition to chin augmentation with implants, some individuals may be suitable candidates for genioplasty. This is a procedure that reshapes the chin by surgically repositioning the chin bone. This procedure is more complex than implants alone and is sometimes considered a reconstructive surgery. In some cases, genioplasty will be done in combination with neck liposuction and chin implants.