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Chin Augmentation

Frequently Asked Questons

chin augmentation

A chin augmentation, medically referred to as implant genioplasty, is a common procedure performed to alter the underlying structure of your chin thereby providing better balance to your facial features.  If a chin is too small, it can create a neck that appears fatty and undefined.  With the insertion of a small surgical implant, a “weak” or receding chin is enhanced providing you with a more attractive, well defined jawline and a more harmonized facial silhouette.  Chin augmentation is increasing in popularity as it is a relatively easy operation and can provide you with significantly noticeable changes.

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Chin augmentation is commonly recommended in conjunction with rhinoplasty to create a more balanced profile.


Chin augmentation may be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a Chin Augmentation right for me?

    If you are unhappy with your facial profile due to a “weak” chin, then a Chin Augmentation may be the right procedure for you.  As with any cosmetic procedure, you should decide to do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.


    Good candidates are:

    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair hearing
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for Chin Augmentation
  • Your Personalized Chin Augmentation Consultation

  • Are there any additional aspects of my consultation specific to Chin Augmentation?

    During your Chin Augmentation consultation, Dr. Vartany will use the photo taken during your visit to digitally alter your appearance.  This is a very fun and exciting part of the consultation process as you are able to see, immediately, how you will look with your new chin!  Dr. Vartany will offer his expert advice, based on your facial structure and desired result.  He will explain the details of your surgery, including the risks involved, and discuss your options. As an added bonus, Dr. Vartany will email the digitally created “before and after” photos to you.  This will afford you the extra time to review your anticipated results and share your excitement with your family and friends.

  • Will I be able to have a visual idea of my anticipated results?

    At your personalized consultation, Dr. Vartany will take a photo of your nose and, with the aid of computer imaging, show what changes are expected from the Chin Augmentation surgery.  This will allow both you and Dr. Vartany to determine what realistic results you can anticipate from your procedure.  Although the computer imaging results cannot be guaranteed, they are usually a very accurate depiction of your surgical outcome.

  • Where are the incisions made during a Chin Augmentation?

    At your complimentary cosmetic consultation, Dr. Vartany will determine what method will achieve the most aesthetically pleasing outcome for your particular needs and desired results.


    The two incision options are:

    • Internal - An incision is made inside the mouth.  This technique offers a scar that is barely visible.
    • External - An incision is made on the outside, under the chin.


    With either technique, a very precise pocket is created in front of the chin bone and under the muscles.  The silicone implant is placed inside the carefully constructed, restricted pocket.  In rare cases, the implant is secured with sutures.  Depending on which technique is performed, dissolvable or removable sutures are then used to close the external surgical incision.

  • What is the Chin Augmentation implant made of?

    Dr. Vartany uses silicone devices to correct a receding chin.  Silicone chin implants are one of the most commonly used implants for chin augmentation.  They are soft, smooth, flexible and come in different shapes and sizes.  They do not incorporate (stick) to the surrounding tissues, so the pocket must be made precisely. They usually stay in place, but may move, buckle and cause bone resorption where they contact the mandible in some cases. Since they are smooth, they can also be removed easily.

  • How will I need to prepare for my Chin Augmentation surgery?

  • Are there additional preparations specific to my Chin Augmentation?

    Eating fresh pineapple may help to reduce pain and swelling associated with your surgery.  Avoid pineapple if you have an allergy to pineapple or cardiac arrhythmia.

  • What can I expect during my recovery?

  • Are there additional aspects to my Chin Augmentation recovery?

    Bruising and swelling are nearly unavoidable after a surgical procedure; however, Dr. Vartany uses very delicate techniques during the procedure to help minimize the bruising and swelling after the surgery.


    Your chin will be wrapped in a dressing after surgery.  Under no circumstance are the bandages to be removed except by Dr. Vartany or a member of his nursing staff.


    Using your previously prepared cold compresses during the first 48-72 hours will help to alleviate bruising and swelling.


    Chewing should be kept at a minimum for a few days after your procedure.

  • How much time should I take off of work or school?

    You will need to allow 3-5 days off from work or school for this procedure due to swelling and discomfort.

  • What are some procedures that may compliment a Chin Augmentation?

  • Important Facts about the Safety and Risks of Chin Augmentation

    The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal.  You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of Chin Augmentation are acceptable.  Dr. Vartany will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery.  You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.


    Possible risks of Chin Augmentation surgery include:

    • Anesthesia risks
    • Bruising
    • Bleeding (hematoma)
    • Skin Discoloration
    • Swelling
    • Movement of the implant
    • Damage to the teeth
    • Loss of feeling
    • Infection – sometimes the implant will have to be removed
    • Unevenness of the face
    • Irregular contours
    • Poor wound healing or scarring
    • Change in skin sensation (numbness or pain)
    • Possibility of revisional surgery
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*Individual results may vary.