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Plastic Surgery

Chin Implants and Augmentation

Most individuals already know about procedures like facelifts and eyebrow lifts, which are more commonly associated with plastic surgery. However, at California Skin Institute we know that every part of the face matters when it comes to helping you achieve an attractive, balanced appearance; and the chin can play a big role in how you look. This is because the chin is responsible for a significant degree of proportion in the face, as it helps balance out the nose and cheeks.

Common Reasons for a Chin Implant

California Skin Institute patients who receive a chin implant often choose this procedure because their chin is too small, and creates an unbalanced appearance in the face. Further, this can create an implicit appearance of weakness; affecting how others perceive you, and can even play a role in being able to effectively manage other individuals at work and building a career. A larger chin and a contoured neck line, on the other hand, are more often associated with strength and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

How Chin Implant Surgery is Performed

Chin implant surgery is a fast procedure, with relatively short recovery time. California Skin Institute surgeons perform chin implants on an outpatient basis during the course of approximately one hour. During the procedure, a durable, but elastic, implant is carefully positioned on top of the jaw bone through an incision underneath the chin. This keeps the scarring to a minimum, and out of view.

The chin implant is manufactured to be relatively elastic, but strong enough to feel like your real bone. Further, it is specifically shaped to contour your jaw line so that it seamlessly fits into your overall facial structure. This creates a natural appearance without any reminders that you’ve had the procedure done.

During the chin implant procedure, your California Skin Institute surgeon can even perform neck liposuction and contouring, to remove excess fat, and create a more defined neck line. Many California Skin Institute patients have found this to be of great benefit because it can enhance the overall visual effect of the chin, and provide more contour in the neck. Another benefit of neck liposuction during chin implant surgery is that the contouring can be done through the same incision as the implant insertion; thus reducing the need for additional cuts.

Chin Implant Recovery Time

Chin implant surgery is completed on an outpatient basis, and requires relatively short recovery time. Most patients see improvement in approximately a week, once the swelling and bruising has subsided. However, the body may need more time for full recovery, and the best outcomes are typically seen after several months.

Your Chin Implant Appointment

When meeting with a California Skin Institute surgeon, they will carefully review your aesthetic goals and provide you with a variety of options for sculpting and enlarging your chin. Our surgeons take great care in this process, because for chin implant surgery to be successful, the final outcome must create a balanced face. If a surgeon does not account for any fat reduction from liposuction and makes the implant too small, the result will not yield desired outcomes. On the other hand, if the implant is too large, it will look unnatural.

Therefore, it is vital to work with an experienced surgeon who can account for all of the important factors, and will focus not just on the chin itself, but on how the final outcome will affect the balance and proportion of the face.


Treatment results will vary, talk to a practitioner to see if this treatment or procedure is right for you.

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