Chin Augmentation Overview
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
"I have used Dr. Woodyard for several procedures over the last twenty years, medical and cosmetic. Her office personnel are always professional and efficient. I appreciate her conservative approach to care and she always makes sure you are happy. Her aesthetician, Stacey Edgar, addressed my concerns and created a plan for me that would help me avoid more invasive procedures. I highly recommend the office for any type of cosmetic concerns that you have."- D.L. / Google / Mar 08, 2020
"Professional and efficient personnel in the office. Dr. Woodyard has been my go to for over twenty years and I have always had a good experience. I appreciate her conservative approach and know that she will make anything right that I am unhappy with. Her Aesthetician, Stacey Edgar, is a joy to work with and really makes sure you understand the information."- D.W. / Facebook / Mar 07, 2020
"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
Chin Augmentation Surgical Technique
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 During/After Surgery
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.
Chin Augmentation Expected Costs
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.