Chin Augmentation

Chin Procedures

Unhappy with the shape of your chin? Do you have a “weak” or under projected chin profile? Dr Chaplin can alter your chin size to give you a more natural jaw line and enhanced face shape.

This procedure is designed to increase the projection of the chin for those with a poorly developed chin profile also known as a “weak chin”. It is frequently performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty surgery to create a balance between the chin and the other facial prominences such as the nose and forehead. It can also be performed as an isolated procedure. An implant, usually made of polyethylene a type of inert plastic, is inserted into a pocket created between the soft tissues of the chin and the front of the jaw bone. An incision is either made in the mouth between the lower lip and gum or by way of a small incision under the chin. The implant is then placed and secured with sutures or screws. The chin incision is usually only used if facial rejuvenation surgery is being performed at the same time.

The use of a chin augmentation implant is suitable in patients with a receding chin where there is a normal dental bite. In patients with problems with malocclusion orthodontic procedures or devices may be more appropriate in order to lengthen of the bone of the lower jaw itself. Your surgeon will discuss these issues with you

Patients undergoing chin augmentation require a compressive dressing for 3-4 days following the procedure. Typically there is some local swelling around the incision site and chin which settles within a week. For implants placed through the mouth a soft diet combined with warm salt water mouthwashes should be used for a week. Patients should be able to return to work within 3-4 days and resume light exercise within a week. The procedure is covered by antibiotics to counter infection particularly when the implant is inserted through the mouth as there is a small risk of infection.

The wounds heal well and the improved facial contour is very pleasing.