A chin augmentation refers to refinement/improvement of the bone contour of the chin area. This is usually accomplished by placement of a fitted “implant” directly on the bone of the chin, well below the skin. This procedure is usually done to augment an underprojected chin.
The restoration of facial harmony is the goal of chin augmentation. Chin augmentation can be used to define an underdeveloped chin, or give it more prominence. Interestingly, the shape of the chin is related to nose size. That is, a small chin may make a large nose more noticeable, and vice versa. Often, rhinoplasty and chin implant are done together. Chin augmentation can also be performed at the time of neck or facelift, to help better define the jawline.
The procedure can be done awake or asleep. A small incision is made either below the chin, or inside the mouth. Patients may expect 5-7 days of swelling in the chin area. Other than a few stitches, no other dressings are required.