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Chin Augmentation

Chin Augmentation – Chin Implant (Mentoplasty) (Snellville, GA)

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Chin enhancement, performed by Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of a recessed chin. A recessed chin can have tremendous negative influence on the appearance of other features of the face, especially the neck and nose. Improving the position of the chin can have a wonderful effect on facial balance. The chin may be brought forward by one of two techniques; adding a synthetic implant to the bone (chin implant) or by moving the chin bone forward (osteotomy) by cutting and repositioning it. Incisions can be placed inside the mouth or in the small crease that usually exists beneath the chin.

Best Candidates

Good candidates for chin augmentation surgery are men and women who demonstrate:

  • A recessed or ‘weak’ chin
  • A lack of definition to the neck
  • A weak profile due to a limited chin structure
  • A facial imbalance as it pertains to structure

What To Expect

Dr. Stephenson will evaluate the origin of the chin shortness, determined by looking at the face and neck as well as the position of the teeth. In some patients, a severe overbite (lower teeth behind the upper teeth) may be present and the chin position may be a reflection of an overall shorter lower jaw. In these patients, other treatment options may be considered, including jaw surgery. In some cases, an X-ray in profile may be useful to look at the bone and the facial profile for treatment planning. For patients who simply need a chin implant only, the implant is positioned over the bone below the lips in a pocket that is created to hold the prosthesis in place. Scarring is usually not evident since the incisions are placed under the chin or within the lower lip. Liposuction of the chin and/or neck may be incorporated to help accentuate a more defined jawline.

Chin Augmentation Recovery

Recovery for chin augmentation depends on the nature of the surgery. For chin implants, the recovery requires much less downtime than genioplasty or jaw surgery where the bone, teeth and jaw are manipulated. Swelling and bruising are common after all approaches. A chinstrap is usually used after surgery to control swelling and help the overlying tissues adapt to the implant or bone. When the chin bone is moved, there is usually a short period of lower lip numbness that resolves several weeks after surgery. The swelling and bruising will start to resolve 7-10 days after surgery, although this will vary between patients.

Expected Cost

On average, the cost for chin augmentation surgery can range from $2,500 to $3,500. Factors that affect cost are the type of implants used or if there are other cosmetic procedures done in conjunction with the augmentation (such as genioplasty, jaw surgery, neck liposuction, etc.).

Redefine Your Profile

Chin augmentation surgery adds fullness and shape to the lower jaw. It helps create a stronger profile, and a more distinguished facial appearance for both men and women. If you have a recessed chin or feel your profile is weak due to a small chin, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson. This surgery, for some, is very subtle, but the results can be very impactful and worthwhile.

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Average Cost  
$2,500 - $3,500
Recovery Time  
1-2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Weeks
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