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.
"I Feel As Though I Can Learn to Love my Body Again - Owings Mills, MD - After my primary care physician told me that a lot of my chronic back and neck pain was due to the fact that my breasts were too large on my smaller-sized frame - and that I'd need PT and/or a back brace to help me if I didn't correct the problem - I was given Dr. Woodyard's number. Luckily, I was able to meet with her the very next day, and three weeks later, I was in the OR, having a Mastopexy. Even though I have only been in recovery for about 28 days now, I am VERY pleased with the results. Dr. Woodyard performed a miracle for me, taking my size from a 34 J to a 34 C, and I feel better both physically and mentally. She is professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. And her office staff is amazing. Brittany has handled so many phone calls and questions from me that we've become friendly (and I appreciate her competence), and Ashley made all of the arrangements for me to have the surgery performed - and did so in a way that made me feel informed and at ease. While I still have scarring from this very recent procedure (though it is not as bad as I had feared!), I'm healing nicely, and would not hesitate to return to Dr. Woodyard if I ever needed another procedure performed. In a way, she has given me back a part of my life, and I am immensely grateful."- O. / RealSelf / May 01, 2016
"Great doctor! - I had a mommy makeover in April 2017 and am currently at 5 weeks of recovery. From the initial consultation to the last post-op appointment at 4 weeks, I've been thoroughly pleased with the care and professionalism of Dr. Woodyard and her team. I definitely would recommend her services!"- Anonymous / Vitals / May 30, 2017
"I had a mommy makeover in April 2017 and am currently at 5 weeks of recovery. From the initial consultation to the last post-op appointment at 4 weeks, I've been thoroughly pleased with the care and professionalism of Dr. Woodyard and her team. I definitely would recommend her services!"- A.C. / Facebook / May 30, 2017
"Great doctor! - I had a mommy makeover in April 2017 and am currently at 5 weeks of recovery. From the initial consultation to the last post-op appointment at 4 weeks, I've been thoroughly pleased with the care and professionalism of Dr. Woodyard and her team. I definitely would recommend her services!"- A. / RealSelf / May 30, 2017
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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.