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 see Dr Anthony a couple times of year for botox on my forehead and worry lines. I do not like the lines on my forehead but I also don't want to look like I have had botox or a frozen look on my forehead. Dr. Anthony achieves the perfect balance for me by decreasing the severity of my wrinkles but not completely eliminating them for a more natural look. We started by doing some "baby botox" and have increased my amount over the last year and half. I had experience with other doctors before I started seeing Dr. Anthony and he is my favorite.I trust him and would highly recommend him, especially if you are new to botox injections."- K.D. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2019
"The best! Dr. Anthony is a stellar physician and surgeon. His approach to technique and art is truly amazing. His attention to detail(s), bedside manner and follow up is superb. His office team is attentive, smart and always available! Ann and Jazmine consistently and effectively manage your appointments, skin care, recovery and overall experience. The "team" assist you from end to end. You feel as if you are the only patient. I recently, had two procedures with Dr. Anthony. Breast reduction/lift and neck lift! His team and anesthesiologist are unmatched in the outpatient world. Their attention to YOU, procedure and policy truly put you in the best care possible as you elect surgery. There are many choices in the plastic surgery world, but know, when you have the very best surgeon and team with you and always available you are ahead of the game!"- D.P. / Yelp / Oct 29, 2019
"Fantastic surgeon who gave me a natural, beautiful result. Entire experience was top rate - he is very attentive and responsive, available for any questions, and saw me regularly for a year after my surgery to make sure all was going well. I couldn't be happier with the results which took years off and left no visible trace of his work nor any complications whatsoever. This surgeon is also an artist by training, so seems to appreciate a natural look and does not encourage more than is necessary to achieve that natural but enhanced look. Highly recommend."- L. / Healthgrades / May 31, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. James Anthony without reservation. I went to him about a year ago to address an aging neck because a physician friend of mine said he was the best. Though I had several consultations with other surgeons, none of them compared with his clear vision, his confident approach, his genuine warmth and his focused attention. Impressively, he didn't push any other procedures along with lifting the neck, saying repeatedly that he wouldn't recommend anything else be done to me (despite my not being young), whereas other surgeons pressed for additional work like face lifts or fat grafting -- things those close to me felt were unnecessary. Dr. Anthony is both a highly skilled surgeon and a life-long artist, so he understands how to preserve a natural look. He was brilliant throughout the entire process, and I and my family couldn't be more thrilled with both that process and the beautiful, natural result which has taken years off me. He is also an extremely responsive physician who provided multiple consults before surgery as questions arose, as well as regular check-ups for a year after surgery, and is un-hurried and attentive in exams. Recovery was much easier than I imagined, and his nursing staff (his surgical center adjoins his office) was wonderful -- he can send a skilled night nurse home with you. There were absolutely no complications, everything healed perfectly and much sooner than I thought, and there are no visible scars whatsoever, no puckering, no problems. This is a wonderful and highly skilled surgeon and a complete pleasure to interact with from beginning to end."- L.B. / Yelp / May 30, 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.