Chin Augmentation

Darren M. Smith, MD -  - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Darren M. Smith, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Symmetry is extremely important in determining overall facial appearance, and the chin plays a major role in contributing to facial symmetry. Whether you have a small or large chin, plastic surgeon Darren M. Smith, MD, uses his skills and experience to refine your chin such that it is optimally proportional to your face. Serving the New York City and patients from around the world, Dr. Smith achieves remarkable results as he applies his advanced subspecialty training in craniofacial surgery and aesthetic surgery to refine his patients’ chin shape and proportions to improve their facial appearance and boost their self-confidence. To learn more about chin augmentation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Chin Augmentation

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What is a chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that enlarges and reshapes the chin and provides an improved facial profile.

Why would I have a chin augmentation?

If you’ve been feeling unhappy with the appearance of your chin from the front, or how it fits with your profile, then a chin augmentation could be a great fit for you. Chin augmentation is performed to address an underprojected chin (when the chin is set back closer to the neck). Alternatively, if you have strong chin projection (when the chin juts out away from the neck) you Dr. Smith can reshape the existing bone to provide a softer, more harmonious facial profile. Finally, if your chin looks uneven from the front, Dr. Smith can modify it to provide improved symmetry and better overall facial balance.

Benefits of a chin augmentation include:

  • Improving facial symmetry
  • Improved global facial balance
  • Creating harmony between the size of the nose and chin

The chin and nose features are strongly related to each other. A small chin may make a large nose more prominent, and vice versa. Many patients seeking to change their chin’s appearance also consider having a rhinoplasty (nose job), which can be done at the same time.

How do I prepare for chin augmentation surgery?

In some cases, Dr. Smith may want to perform advanced 3D imaging studies of your face and chin to get a detailed picture of what procedures would need to be done to improve and enhance your chin and facial profile overall. You can discuss your desired goals and concerns with him in depth, so that you are comfortable with the procedure. You will also discuss your medical history, medications, previous surgeries, and procedure details.

What can I expect during a chin augmentation procedure?

There are three main ways to perform chin augmentation. The least invasive is with injectable filler or fat grafting. In these noninvasive techniques, Dr. Smith will inject a substance (either your own fat, which is permanent, or a filler, which is not permanent) into your chin region to sculpt the area and achieve the desired shape and projection. While noninvasive,these techniques are best for cases in which only a modest change is necessary. For more dramatic changes, the other two techniques are recommended. These include placement of a chin implant or an osseous genioplasty. With a chin implant, Dr. Smith will make a small incision either inside your mouth or under your chin, and place a sculpted silicone implant snugly on top of your chin bone. This implant will increase chin projection, moving it outwards towards the tip of the nose in a profile view. The most advanced form of chin augmentation is osseous genioplasty. This is a procedure that not many plastic surgeons in Manhattan do, and that Dr. Smith is uniquely well suited to perform after his craniofacial surgery fellowship. In this operation, Dr. Smith will actually move the tip of the chin bone into a new, more desirable location and lock it into position. Again owing to his advanced fellowship training in aesthetic surgery and craniofacial surgery, Dr. Smith can also perform reductive chin surgery in which he can shave down the bone of your chin if is too “pointy” or projects too far away from your neck in profile view. Chin augmentation surgery can be done with local or general anesthesia depending on the procedure chosen (filler-based chin augmentations do not require any local anesthesia at all).

What can I expect after a chin augmentation procedure?

Results will be immediately noticeable after a chin augmentation. Depending on the procedure performed, you may have bandages around your chin and head to keep the area clean and reduce swelling. If you received an implant, the area may be taped to keep the implant in place as it heals. It is best to plan on approximately a week off of work for this procedure (no time off is needed if you are having filler alone). You will have some swelling and bruising, but this should be reduced to the point where only you and Dr. Smith will notice it within a week or two. You will be able to return to full exertion in 2 weeks, but should avoid any activity where your chin may be exposed to direct trauma for 6 weeks after the procedure.

Give the office of Darren M. Smith, MD, a call today or book online to start discussing your options for a chin augmentation that can improve the overall symmetry and profile of your face.