Chin Implant Surgery
When you feel your chin is "too weak" a chin implant may be the answer. People with well-defined jawlines and strong chins often express an air of confidence.
If you've been considering getting a chin implant to bring more balance to your face and confidence to your demeanor, request a free consultation online, or call Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery at (631) 424-3600.
Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. David Pincus see the consultation as a chance to discuss your cosmetic goals and to answer all of your questions about chin augmentation surgery. Patients who travel from New York City and throughout the Northeast are treated with professionalism in a warm, positive environment that prioritizes your needs. Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus will discuss your personal health history and the specific techniques he plans to use. It's also a good idea to bring any photos of people who have chins you like.
Chin augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure performed using light anesthesia, and it's typically completed in 30 minutes to an hour. An incision is made either beneath your lower lip inside your mouth or externally below your chin. The implant is inserted and secured to your chin before sutures are used to close the incision. Your surgeon then bandages your chin to help minimize swelling.
Patients who want to achieve a look of proportion and balance often choose to combine rhinoplasty (nose surgery) with chin augmentation surgery. In those cases, the surgery generally takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
Recovery & Results
Recovery after chin augmentation surgery depends on whether your surgeon made an incision beneath your lower lip or under your chin. An internal incision will require a liquid diet for a few days. You'll also probably feel more numbness, similar to the feeling after a visit to the dentist.
In general, if you haven't paired your chin augmentation with another procedure, you can be active around the house the evening of surgery, but your lower lip will feel "asleep." Sensation should return overnight, and your chin will feel mildly sore and swollen. Prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medicines may be provided, and you should maintain a light level of activity to promote healing. You may be given a garment or your chin may be taped to help maintain the chin implant's position during the swelling phase after surgery. Keeping your head elevated helps swelling resolve sooner.
If your chin augmentation was performed through the mouth, you will need to rinse your mouth after eating to keep your sutures clean. They will dissolve on their own after several weeks. If your surgery was performed with a small incision under your chin, your sutures will likely need to be removed after 4 to 7 days.
What are chin implants made of?
Chin implants are a rubbery, flexible material such as solid silicone. The material is biocompatible, meaning that typically the body will not react adversely to it.
How long will my chin implant last?
Implants are designed to be permanent if the surgery is performed by an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon. Very few patients report that the implants shift. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, our surgeons secure the implant to the patient's chin to prevent it from moving unintentionally.
Is the surgery painful?
Most patients don't complain of much pain after chin augmentation surgery. Over-the-counter medication to reduce swelling and bruising is usually adequate for pain relief. However, if you combine rhinoplasty with chin implants, the recovery period will likely be more uncomfortable.
Will I have a scar?
If the incision is made inside your mouth where your gum connects to your lower lip, there will be no visible external scar. Incisions made beneath the chin will leave a short scar that is usually well concealed.
For more answers to other common questions about chin implant surgery, visit our Chin Implant Surgery FAQ page.