Chin Augmentation

The goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve the overall appearance of the face to make you feel more comfortable with your looks. In many cases, the symmetry of the face may be thrown out of kilter by an overly prominent chin or by a hidden or sunken chin. Either of these conditions can be corrected with chin augmentation surgery also known as mentoplasty.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon, specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. When you meet with him, he will evaluate your entire facial structure to determine how to augment your chin to conform it to the rest of your face.

Dr. Azizzadeh’s Harvard-trained expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery has made him one of the most sought-after physicians in the country, especially for facial rejuvenation procedures, including chin implants and chin augmentations. He has been featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show, People Magazine, New York Times, Discovery Health, Los Angeles Times, Beverly Hills Courier and numerous other media outlets for his expertise in facial plastic surgery. Read more about Dr. Azizzadeh and his experience.

Chin Augmentation Before and After Photos
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Male patient undergoes chin augmentation and neck lift to improve appearance of chin and jawline.

Introduction to Chin Augmentation
It’s not often talked about, but the chin is one of the most common areas for a person to feel self conscious about. For women a gentle jaw line and small chin is generally accepted as the ‘norm’, whereas men generally have sharper, thicker jaws and a larger chin than their female counterparts.

If a person feels that their chin borders or strays from these ‘norms’, it can cause problems in social interaction and in particular self confidence. Luckily with today’s technology we can enhance a naturally small chin or reduce a naturally prominent one with surgery and surgical implants, to give an individual more confidence in the way that they look.

This surgery is known within the medical field as mentoplasty, and can be split into two main categories: reduction and augmentation. A reduction can either be done by removing excess bone, or by physically moving the jaw bone to alter the shape of the face. An augmentation will often involve a surgical implant, but the jaw can also be moved into place with this type of procedure too.

Here in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh and his surgical team are considered the top experts in chin augmentations. If you are considering a mentoplasty of any type, please don’t hesitate to book a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, where you can talk through the factors influencing your chin, and what a procedure may involve. At this surgery we make use of VECTRA imaging, which allows you to see your current face from a number of angles, and then apply a procedure to it using 3D imaging technology. From there you can view the possible results virtually, and decide (with the help of a physician) what the best course of action would be.

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Chin Reduction
If your chin is too prominent, a chin reduction may be in order. In reduction operations, the mandible, or lower jawbone, is shaved and shaped to the desired look.

Chin reduction may be made by one of the following methods:

  • Direct reduction — This is where excess bone is removed from the chin with a burr.
  • Sliding genioplasty — This method cuts the bone and moves it backward, and is held in place with metal screws.

Chin Augmentation
If the chin is not prominent, or is disproportionate, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend a chin implant. Implants are made from autololgous bone collected from the patient’s pelvis or rib, or from synthetic materials. A sliding genioplasty procedure may be used in conjunction with an implant, where the bone is cut and moved forward, then held in place with metal screws.

Some synthetic implants include:

  • Silicone elastomers
  • ePTFE, which is similar to Gore-tex
  • Porous polyetheline

Bone implants, even if harvested from the patient’s own body are more susceptible to rejection and infection, even years after the implant is placed.

Synthetic implants are biocompatible and do not show adverse problems when used inside the body. These types of implants are very malleable and porous, which allows the implant to be held in place by soft tissue, and grow into the existing bone while healing.

Other Procedures
Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates the proposed reduction in relation to other prominent facial features to ensure that your face is balanced. In some cases other surgeries may be conducted in conjunction with chin modifications in order to create balanced facial structures. Other surgeries commonly performed with chin surgery include:

To mitigate surgical risks, it is important when deciding on mentoplasty to find a reputable surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Post-Surgery Information.
You will be given a surgery packet with thorough information detailing the healing process, what to expect and tips to reduce swelling and bruising. However, here are a few additional tips:

  • Clean the incisions with hydrogen peroxide once daily.
  • Apply antibiotic ointments to appropriate incisions twice daily.
  • Your stitches are covered with a bandage. They will be removed, along with the wide tape on neck, in 4-8 days.
  • In males, the tape may fall off because of the beard growth prior to your first post-op appointment. This is normal.
  • Ice cubes in rubber gloves, cold compresses or frozen peas should be used for 72 hours on an hourly basis when awake. Then after, use warm compress in areas of bruising.
  • No heavy exercise for 2 weeks.

Learn more
If you are looking to change the shape of your jaw line with chin augmentation surgery, please contact Dr. Azizzadeh of Beverly Hills today and schedule an initial consultation. Below, he has answered some frequently asked questions about chin augmentation!

Q: I have an awkward chin- it has dimple-like bumps and isn’t smooth or well defined. What are my treatment options?

A: Dimpling may be caused my hyperactivity of the mentalis muscle, called “peau d’orange,” and it is usually treated with Botox. In a young patient, if the chin is recessed, we’d do a full exam of dentition and bite (occlusion) to see if the patient may benefit from orthognathic surgery (where jaw bones are moved into appropriate position) or chin implant (silicone, preferably), which are permanent. Orthognathic surgery has a longer recovery time and should be used in cases of major functional bit issues.

Q: Is it possible to have a chin implant after I’ve already had a lower facelift?

A: Absolutely! A chin implant or chin augmentation can be performed on patients who have already undergone a cosmetic procedure such as a facelift.

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