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 had a breast reduction from Dr. Woodyard over 23 years ago and I must say I am still SO VERY HAPPY. I have watched some of these plastic surgery shows and recently I saw a show dedicated to women that had had complication from a reduction (the horror). I never thought one could have problems with a reduction but wow can you....I had the best results and experience with Dr. Woodyard and never had any complications and to this day my GIRLS are just as perking and looking great as ever. I remember how professional, caring and informative she was. I trusted her completed and I'm so glad she was worth the trust, as I was young and did not ask many questions. I am grateful now and was grateful then..."- A.A. / Google / Mar 21, 2019
"Had reduction sugery here five years ago and my back felt so much better afterwards and I still feel the great benefits of it today. The surgeon and staff were nice. They walk you through the whole process and clear what will be done. The office was very clean and inviting."- S. / Google / Nov 10, 2019
"Dr. Woodyard is extremely knowledgeable and answered my questions before I could ask them. I never realized the whole process of a breast augmentation until Dr. Woodyard laid it out for me. She is HUGE on preventing infection more so from any doctor I have ever seen. All of her staff are extremely friendly and caring and always has smiles on their faces!"- E.M. / Google / Oct 22, 2019
"My sister had found Dr. Woodyard online after I had experienced a tragic fall this past winter. I was very trepidatious about the procedure to be done on my nose, but rest assured she put my woes at ease. Nervous and anxious each visit, I was always comforted by the warmth of her office, kindness of her staff, and her impeccable way of making me feel like I was in good hands. Each visit was so informative it was like a college course. I loved her calm and caring demeanour that helped me go through with this procedure and I never felt alone. Her attention to detail is meticulous and her skills are artistic. A true family atmosphere from the get go. She even advocated to have my procedure covered by insurance. She also has an amazing Esthetician, Stacey Edgar who is such a wealth of knowledge and even took time out of her day to chat with me. Don't go anywhere else. My experience was amazing and I think I made some friends!"- L.E. / Google / Oct 09, 2019
"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
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.