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When we age, we look at the mirror and observe all the transformations going on our faces. The fine lines, pigmentations, sagging jowls, shape of the nose, and ears. However, some people are kind of conscious about the shape of their chin. Some people may have this “half-moon” chin, and it can be quiet of a concern. When you undergo a nose lift, your plastic surgeon will usually assess your chin and recommend if it needs an augmentation. In the end, it can result in well-defined facial features and give a remarkable effect.

What is chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation, which is medically known as mentoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the shape of the chin. It can either be done by an augmentation using an implant or surgery on reducing the bone of the chin.

The operation can be performed on the lower jaw line and chin area. This surgery will improve the balance of the face and further help one’s confidence and self-esteem.

Depending on the patient’s needs with regards to chin augmentation, a mentoplasty or genioplasty can be done to the patient. With genioplasty, the jaw bone is moved forward to correct the chin’s position. On the other hand, silicone implants can be used to give more protrusion of the chin. If the patient has an overly projecting chin, surgical adjustments on the upper or lower jaw can be made to correct it.
Many plastic surgeons recommend chin augmentation to patients undergoing a nose lift so that they’ll have balanced facial features.
You have to know that the shape and size of the chin can project the contour of the nose.

Who can undergo chin augmentation?

You should meet the following requirements if you intend to go through a chin augmentation:

  • Healthy
  • No underlying medical conditions
  • Cooperative and strictly follow instructions
  • Communicate their feelings well and won’t object when surgery is talked about
  • Non-smokers
  • Optimistic and have a positive attitude about the procedure
  • Set realistic expectations about the surgery

By: Paul Nassif, M.D. Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery

How much does a chin augmentation cost?

According to the 2016 statistics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of chin augmentation is $2,225. This average price is for the procedure alone. Other expenses related to the procedure aren’t included.

There are also factors that vary the cost of a chin augmentation. The surgery cost depends on the surgeon’s expertise of the procedure, the geographic location, and the type of procedure used. The facial area to be covered and the complexity of the procedure may also affect the cost of the operation.

Most health insurance companies may not cover the cost of the surgery especially if it’s for aesthetic reasons. However, they may cover the expenses if the procedure is to be done to relieve a medical condition or to restore the chin or jaw. Well, many surgeons offer financing plans to their patients to cover the costs of the chin augmentation. Ask the doctor about it. It may help you with your financial concerns.

How to choose a plastic surgeon?

Chin augmentation may be a minor surgical procedure, but a well-experienced plastic surgeon is still the best option. Choose a plastic surgeon that’s board-certified and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Remember that it’s your comfort that’s far more important than the total expenses of the surgery. A highly skilled plastic surgeon can assure you of having a successful result of the operation. You’ll be guaranteed of fewer risks and quality results.

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What to do before a chin augmentation?

You’re required to do the following before the surgery:

  • You need to undergo a medical and laboratory examination.
  • You may need to take certain medications.
  • If you’re on medications, it may need to be adjusted.
  • Avoid taking meds like aspirin, herbal supplements or anti-inflammatory drugs as they can cause bleeding.
  • You have to achieve a positive attitude and set realistic expectations.
  • Avoid smoking weeks before the surgery.

Initial Consultation

The success and safety of the chin augmentation solely depend on your complete cooperation during the initial consultation until its full recovery.

Your chosen plastic surgeon will discuss with you everything about the procedure. He or she will talk to you about the anesthesia injection during the procedure, pre and post-operative care, risks, and complications. Moreover, the doctor or staff will be asking some questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle. Make sure that you’re true with your answers.

If ever a gel filler or a silicone implant is recommended to you, ask for FDA approved gel fillers materials as it’s the safest and the best quality implant to use. It may also last longer than substandard implants. You already know the risks and complications so better be wise in your decisions.

The recovery, result, and follow-up will also be discussed with you. Then, you’ll be asked to sign a waiver confirming that you fully understood everything that’s discussed with you.

You may become anxious about the whole process, but it’s important that you understand all aspects of your chin augmentation. Make sure that you ask all questions and concerns you have in mind before fully deciding to undergo surgery.

The plastic surgeon will tell you where it’ll be performed. Chin surgeries depend on the type of the procedure to be done. It can be performed in an accredited clinic or a hospital. Make sure you have someone to take you to the facility and stay with you for at least a night after the surgery.


You’ll instantly feel discomfort on your face, head or chin after the surgery. Your doctor may give you pain relievers to ease the pain. Moreover, there may be itchiness under the bandages especially during the healing process. But you have to keep those bandages intact and mustn’t remove them. It may distort the surgical incision or cause infection.

You’ll be given detailed instructions after the surgery. Your doctor or staff will thoroughly instruct you on how to take good care of your face and chin, medications to be taken, risks, complications, and the follow-up date with your doctor.


You’ll have a well-shaped and well-defined chin after surgery. This will only be observed when the dressings that support the chin are removed. Once they’re completely healed, you may notice scars on the incision sites. The doctor may prescribe creams to prevent or remove scars.

If ever you’ve undergone a more extensive chin augmentation, complete healing of the surgical site may take longer.

Risks and Safety

Deciding to have a chin augmentation is a personal preference. You’ll have to think carefully the benefits, risks, and complications that you might get if you’ve decided to go through the procedure. You have to be optimistic about the procedure and set realistic expectations. This is a great factor in achieving successful results.

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