The position of your chin can change your entire look. A small ‘micrognathic’ or ‘retrognathic’ chin will change the appearance of your nose and make it look large. In fact, many people who feel that their nose is too big for their face actually have a disproportionately small chin. Temporary chin augmentation can be achieved with filler, or a permanent result can be given with a chin implant procedure.
Combining a chin implant with a rhinoplasty is a common procedure to achieve facial harmony, however, chin implants can be performed as stand-alone procedures. A chin implant is often incorporated into neck lifts, facelifts and rhinoplasty surgery if the patient does not have a strong projecting chin. The advantages of an implant are permanent alteration of the chin size, customizable shape and size, and reversibility of the procedure. The procedure can be done under local anesthetic, IV sedation or general anesthesia. The incision is usually made in the skin under the chin but can be made inside the mouth under the lower lip to avoid external scars. The procedure takes 30-40 minutes. Antibiotics and pain medication are provided. Sutures in the skin are removed 1 week later. Laser treatments are used as needed to help any external scars fade. There are few disadvantages of a chin implant limited to potential infection, temporary chin numbness, and scar problems.