About Chin Augmentation
Chin enhancement surgery (or chin augmentation) is a highly sought after cosmetic treatment that improves the look of the jawline and chin for patients with a recessive chin, or one they feel is overbearing. Often when a chin lacks shape and size, it can create an unappealing profile. A number of techniques can be performed to highlight your chin, and one of the most common procedures is inserting an implant to reconstruct a more prominent jawline. This "chin lift" can add a dramatic impact to a person's facial profile. In San Francisco, CA, plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony offers other cosmetic improvements to consider for chin enhancement. In addition to implants, which are made in various sizes and shapes, noninvasive augmentations, such as fillers or Kybella, can help add contour. For patients that have isolated pockets of fat under the chin, liposuction can be used to create a slimmer look. Finally, for prominent chins, genioplasty might be an option. This reconstructive surgery at Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery removes bone and cartilage to recontour your chin and jaw to a more balanced look.
"Dr Anthony was recommended to me, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. At my initial consultation I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions. He has a warm style, listens and works to understand each individual body and situation. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Each time I've been impressed with Dr Anthony's ability to minimize scars and hide them well. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. I'm delighted with my results which look natural and have stood the test of time well. Dr Anthony's team is excellent - Ann, Jasmine and Megan are personal and caring."- M.B. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
"I was referred by another plastic surgeon and it turned out to be the best referral. Dr. Anthony replaced my saline implants and made a small adjustment so my breasts are more symmetrical. The whole experience from the first consultation, to the pre-op, to the actual surgery, to post op was so easy and comfortable. It was a harmonious effort of professionals that took care of me throughout the process. Dr. Anthony and his staff were very responsive. Most importantly, I am very happy with the results and as a runner my downtime didn't take much. I was able to ease into running the 2nd week after surgery. Thank you so much, Dr. Anthony!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 02, 2019
"Dr. James Anthony does amazing work and has amazing patient care. I am very nervous about having any kind of surgery and he made me feel so comfortable. He went above and beyond my expectations. He genuinely cares about his patients needs and the successful outcome of his work. I am also very appreciative of the kindness of his entire staff."- S.B. / Yelp / Dec 23, 2018
"Excellent work with minimal, well-hidden scarring - Dr Anthony was a referral, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions at my first consultation. Dr Anthony's style is warm, and he considers each individual body and situation to make treatment recommendations. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Dr Anthony's skilled handiwork and his ability to minimize scarring is excellent. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. My results look natural and have have lasted well over the long term. Ann, Jasmine and Megan in Dr Anthony's team are attentive and responsive."- F. / RealSelf / Apr 19, 2019
"I just got out of his office got fillers instant results he his a great doctor I will return to get more work absolutely amazing. Very caring and very honest he will let you know what you need and what you don't Thank you Dr Anthony for making me feel better about my self"- P.A. / Yelp / Feb 19, 2019
Chin enhancement (augmentation) is an aesthetic option for men, as well as women. If you are self-conscious because of the size and shape of your chin and do not like the undefined profile it offers, this cosmetic enhancement can improve the lower area of your face and neck. Candidates should have healthy skin laxity and set realistic expectations. Chin surgery will change the shape and look of your lower face so understanding what your options are and that these changes will be visible is important.
For patients having chin augmentation with an implant, anesthesia is used. The incision is carefully made just under your chin. In this incision, a pocket is made to keep the implant device in its proper place, which involves removing and shaving some of the bone and cartilage to create grooves to securely hold the implant in position. The chin implant is placed through the incision and positioned on top of the bone, directly below the lower lip. Sometimes, the incision can be created inside the crease in the lower lip where it connects to the gumline. Regardless, both help to conceal scars. Thin sutures are used to connect and close the incisions, and your chin will be wrapped with bandages.
Patients who have submental fat (pockets of fat under the chin) will undergo liposuction to remove and recontour the area. Again, anesthesia is used for this process and small incisions are made just under the chin so the excess fat can be gently and delicately removed.
What to Expect
Chin enhancement treatment creates immediate visible results, which can be pretty delightful for our patients. Even though redness, swelling, and discoloration will be present after your surgery, this only lasts a short while. For many, chin augmentation takes about 1 – 3 weeks of healing. Heavy exercise should not be performed while in this recovery window. This particular surgery has historically high success rates and by having it under the hands of a talented surgeon, like Dr. Anthony, your outcome will be proportionate and refined.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will augmentation fix my double chin?
Surgical chin augmentation is meant to give you a stronger, sharper look to your lower face. If you want to correct a double chin, you might prefer neck liposuction to have the excess fat in your submental area (the upper neck below the jawline) is corrected. Occasionally, neck liposuction on its own can give you a better jawline and appearance without chin augmentation surgery. Dr. Anthony will go over your choices and his suggestions in your first appointment.
Can I combine other facial surgeries with chin augmentation?
Many people get a chin implant along with another facial surgery, such as cheek implants or nose reshaping surgery. Dr. Anthony can help you choose the procedures that will offer symmetry and balance to your facial features. It might be challenging to decide by yourself what procedure(s) might be best for you, which is why your consultation with Dr. Anthony is crucial. He will use his years of experience to help you create your personalized treatment plan.
Are there nonsurgical procedures to improve my chin?
To correct stubborn fat that can cause a double chin, Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment to improve the appearance of your chin. Kybella has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to eliminate fat in your upper neck (the submental area). This simple, in-office injection might be all you need or Kybella might be performed along with chin surgery to deliver your optimal results. Dr. Anthony will talk about all of your options during your initial consultation.
What's the difference between mentoplasty and genioplasty?
Chin augmentation surgery, also called mentoplasty, is a procedure that builds fullness to your chin. On the other hand, genioplasty is a procedure to rebuild the chin bone and in most cases, decrease the overall size of the jawline. Based on the state of your chin, plus your goals, you might require both surgeries or one. A genioplasty, in addition to being a cosmetic procedure, may also be performed to improve medical concerns, like your dental bite. Dr. Anthony can help you choose whether to get a genioplasty, mentoplasty, or both.
Redefine Your Profile
Cosmetic chin surgery continues to be very beneficial to so many San Francisco, CA patients of plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony. Chin augmentation creates harmony and balanced definition, delicately recontouring your facial structure and look. If you do not like the appearance of your jawline and you feel it is recessed or too prominent, chin augmentation can offer the look you are wishing for. We welcome you to call Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation to hear more about your cosmetic surgery options.