Chin Implants

Both men and women can suffer from a receding chin, which they believe affects the aesthetic balance of their face. A chin augmentation procedure, using chin implants, can effectively provide an enhanced profile and balance the proportions of your chin with the rest of the face.

What are chin implants made from?

The most commonly used material is silicon, although other materials may be used eg processed coral paste.

What happens during the chin augmentation procedure?

This operation usually requires a general anaesthetic but you will probably not need to spend a night in hospital. An incision is either made inside the mouth or underneath the chin. The operation site is stitched with dissolvable stitches. The operation usually takes less than an hour. Note that there is a higher risk of infection if the incision is made inside the mouth, but that this risk can be minimised if you pay good attention to your oral hygiene.

The technical terms for chin refinement procedures are Mentoplasty and Genioplasty.

What sort of results can I expect?

Your chin should be better defined than previously (note that in the case below the chin implant procedure was combined with liposuction of the neck for optimal results).

chin implants - before
chin implant - after photo
Before surgery

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How will I feel after the operation?

The procedure is not overly painful, but you will be swollen and possible a little bruised. You may need to wear some sort of support to maintain the desired position of the implant. The swelling starts to dissipate after the first week or two but may not fully resolve for a few months, so you will have to be patient before you will be able to see the finished result. Most patients are please with their final appearance.

When will I be able to return to work?

Usually within a week. If you are coy about admitting to the procedure, apparently the swelling related to the removal of wisdom teeth is very similar!

What are the risks?

  • The standard risks of having a general anaesthetic.
  • Blood clots.
  • Numbness at or near the operation site, including nerve damage to the lower lip.
  • Shifting of the implant, requiring further surgery to reposition it.
  • You don't like the result and want the implant removed (but bear in mind that it takes ages for the swelling to fully resolve).
  • Infection.
  • Asymmetry in the finished result.