Dr. James Anthony

450 Sutter Street Suite 2630, San Francisco, CA 94108

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery
Dr. James Anthony

Chin Augmentation (Chin Implants, Chin Liposuction) – San Francisco, CA

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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.

Ideal Candidates

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.

Surgical Technique

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.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.