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
"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
"Dr. Woodyard has been a GIFT from the Universe!!! I suffered for over 20 years with severe Diastasis Recti (muscle separation) due to 6 pregnancies and with that I’ve had 2 herniated discs in my lower back. She got me in, assessed the problem and went to work!!! I’m still healing so I won’t post my photos yet but when I say the SNATCHED waist is one I’ve NEVER had and now I do!!! I’m so happy with my results!!! Elise, you have been so great in the process being there every step of the way and I thank you!!! Best patient coordinator EVER!!! Morgan, thank you for being so gentle and genuine in our conversations!!! You are AMAZING!!! The best assistance to Dr. Woodyard I can say!!! The whole office has treated myself and my family as if we were a part of the family and I couldn’t be more happy with the level of care that we’ve been provided!! Thank you all for your kindness"- A.S. / Google / Jun 06, 2022
"Dr. Woodyard has been a GIFT from the Universe!!! I suffered for over 20 years with severe Diastasis Recti (muscle separation) due to 6 pregnancies and with that I’ve had 2 herniated discs in my lower back. She got me in, assessed the problem and went to work!!! I’m still healing so I won’t post my photos yet but when I say the SNATCHED waist is one I’ve NEVER had and now I do!!! I’m so happy with my results!!! Elise, you have been so great in the process being there every step of the way and I thank you!!! Best patient coordinator EVER!!! Morgan, thank you for being so gentle and genuine in our conversations!!! You are AMAZING!!! The best assistance to Dr. Woodyard I can say!!! The whole office has treated myself and my family as if we were a part of the family and I couldn’t be more happy with the level of care that we’ve been provided!! Thank you all for your kindness"- A.S. / Facebook / Jun 05, 2022
"I’ve been coming to DR Woodyard since 2019. She provides excellent customer service. She provides product information in detail to help you select the best solution for the best results. I have been pleased with my results on each and every visit. I can’t imagine going anywhere else. In just in the past month I had to pleasure of meeting Aesthetician Stacy. She has one of the best personalities I have ever come across. she is passionate about what she does, and also she is very knowledgeable about skin care for all Skin types ….Let’s not forget about the VI peel!!! She has my skin looking AMAZING 🤩 and with the skin regimen for maintenance thereafter, it keeps you on top of the skin game and promotes healthy and flawless skin. If you have not gone to see these two Women of excellence your missing out on a great, and a life changing experience !! Book an appointment and see the deference in you."- K.S. / Google / Nov 19, 2021
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.
The exact and final cost will vary depending on the extent of the surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- 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.