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Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the contours of the chin while strengthening the jaw line. Dr. Ed Domanskis performs chin augmentation using a semi-solid, silicone implant. During surgery, he usually places the incision either through the mouth or underneath the chin, and then places the implant underneath the muscle and on top of the jawbone. When inserted, chin implants are fitted into a surgically constructed chin pocket so that they will stay firmly in place. The result is a stronger jaw line and a more defined facial profile. Sometimes, fillers may also be used, or an autologous approach where bone is taken from the rib or hip and used in the chin. Dr. Domanskis will explain all of the options during the initial consultation.

Surgical Technique

During chin augmentation, the implant is positioned over the bone below the lips. A pocket is created, which will hold the prosthesis in place. Sometimes the bone is shaved to create the necessary groove for the implant. Incisions are commonly placed either on the underside of the chin or inside the lip, just between where the lower lip meets the gum. Both of these incision points allows for minimal scarring. The results after this procedure are almost always positive for patients. An experienced surgeon will create subtle results, yet dramatic enough to make a significant improvement to a person’s appearance and profile.

During/After Surgery

Chin implant surgery uses either IV sedation or general anesthesia depending on the surgical case. The procedure is performed in an accredited surgical facility. It may last up to 2 hours. A liquid diet is usually recommended in the first 3 days to avoid any pressure around the chin as the sutures are sensitive until healed. The patient is allowed only light activities until the second week. There will be numbness on the area surrounding the implant. While this is normal, the sensation will gradually improve as weeks pass. As with any implant surgery, it generally takes up to a full year for the implant to settle into position and create a final result that is soft, natural and normal in feeling.

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.

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Average Cost  
$3,000 - $4,000
Recovery Time  
7-14 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Months
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Chin Augmentation FAQs

Fatty Chin?

Chin augmentation is designed to emphasize the jaw line and create a balanced overall facial appearance. If there are excess fat deposits under the chin, which creates an impression of a double chin, liposuction may be performed. Before any cosmetic surgery, it is advised that the patient is close or already at their goal weight so it doesn’t compromise the positive results of surgery. Sometimes, liposuction is sufficient as it already defines the chin without ever needing an implant.

Temporary Numbness?

Yes. With the implant and surrounding tissues adjusting to its new position, there will be a loss of sensation around the chin area and the skin around it will feel tighter than usual. This is an expected reaction post-surgery and shouldn’t be a cause of anxiety. Eventually, sensitivity will return to normal, but it may take several months before the patient can regain sensation. The improvement will be gradual during the course of a year.

Obvious Scars?

The incisions made during a chin augmentation procedure are placed inconspicuously within the inside of the lip or under the chin, therefore, there is limited to no scarring that occurs with this procedure.

Mentoplasty vs. Genioplasty?

Mentoplasty is a procedure that adds fullness and shape to the chin. Genioplasty, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure that reconstructs the chin bone. Both procedures may be done at the same time as a combination surgery or as a single procedure depending on the patient’s chin condition and aesthetic goals. Genioplasty is not always cosmetic in nature as there are conditions in which the procedure resolves a patient’s bite or other medical concern.

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