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Chin Enlargement at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre

Chin Augmentation is an operation to improve your facial profile if you have a “weak” or receding chin. Usually, this is achieved by creating a “pocket” or space in front of your “chin bone” into which an implant is placed. The incision or approach for making the pocket can be inside your lower lip or under your chin.

Each approach has advantages. The most obvious advantage of making the incision inside the mouth is that there is no visible scar. The advantage of making the incision under the chin is that the best placement of the implant is easier to achieve.

An alternative operation to Chin Augmentation is a procedure known as a “sliding or advancement genioplasty.” In this procedure, the “chin bone” is cut horizontally and moved forward. The bone is then fixed in the new position with permanent metal “appliances” and screws. While plastic surgeons perform this procedure, it is most commonly performed by oral surgeons. In general, this operation is usually performed when the receding chin is very severe.

In either case, preoperative planning with your plastic surgeon will have determined how much correction and what sized implant will be used. Imaging will be performed at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre in order that you can actually “see” what the result would look like with more or less correction.

The operation causes temporary swelling in the chin and lower lip areas. Some discomfort occurs that can be controlled with pain pills. The two biggest risks are that the implant can become infected or can shift out of position. Great care is taken during surgery to reduce those risks.

Chin Augmentation is frequently performed at the same time as Rhinoplasty (Nasal Reshaping). This can create a significant improvement in balancing the facial profile so the results can often be dramatic! If you have interest in improving your chin or profile, make an appointment to see one of the board certified plastic surgeons at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre.