I don’t like the shape of my chin; what can I do?
Dr. Darren Smith / July 24, 2020
The chin plays an important role in facial aesthetics because it defines the border of the lower facial third. Common concerns with chin appearance include those relating to both size and shape. In terms of size, a chin that is relatively too small can give the appearance of a weak lower jawline. A chin that is disproportionately large can appear over-projected and out of balance with the upper and middle facial thirds. There are many ways to increase the size of a small chin, collectively called “chin augmentation” – more details here. Options include fat grafting (read more here), filler (read more here), or an osseous genioplasty. In a genioplasty, the bone of the chin is cut, repositioned, and plated into its new position. In contrast, if you are concerned that your chin is too big, the bone can be shaved down or cut away to reduce its size. If your chin is asymmetrical or has other aesthetic issues, the underlying cause is diagnosed and one or a combination of the above methods is used to address the problem.