Chin Implant Surgery
A chin implant is a surgical procedure in which the chin is made bigger using a silicone chin implant. There are many variations of the procedure and this article will specifically discuss a silicone chin implant.
This procedure can be performed awake or asleep and takes about one hour. Recovery is about 5 days long and you can read a little more about it here.
What Makes Up Chin Implant Cost?
This is a complicated question. As with any procedure, the cost will vary by location, credentials, and surgeon experience. The most important thing with any surgical procedure is making sure you go to a board-certified facial plastic surgeon as ANY surgeon can technically perform an implant.
The costs can be broken down into a few components: surgeon’s fees, facility fees, material fees and anesthesia fees. Surgeons’ fees can vary but should be based on expertise more than anything. This is where you will want to talk to other patients, see before and after photos and read reviews. This part can be an overwhelming challenge therefore I suggest to take all factors into account but rely on your gut and your comfort in communicating with the surgeon.
That being said, facility and anesthesia fees can be the first place you can save money. Doing the surgery with numbing medication and an oral relaxation medication will save you $1000’s. Not only that but when you do the surgery awake you can help the surgeon with your input during the selection process.
“Rely on your gut and your comfort in communication with the surgeon”
How Much Does a Chin Implant Cost?
According to Realself, the average cost of users who had the procedure was $4,950. The vast majority of this cost is the surgeon’s fee. The implant itself is purchased by the surgeon from companies such as Implantech and the cost of this is usually between $175-$500 depending on the brand and style. For those with significant asymmetry or those seeking a large change, a 3-D printed custom chin implant is an option. Custom chin implant cost would be significantly more as the materials fee, not including a CT scan, is around $4,000.
Chin Implant vs Chin Filler Cost
A quick, easy, and temporary alternative to chin implants is chin filler. In this, an injectable hyaluronic acid is placed over the chin bone to provide custom volume to the area. The average cost of the filer is $500-$600 per milliliter of volume. The results last up to two years. For those needing only a little bit of volume this can work out to be fairly cheap; however, since implants are permanent and not charged by volume needed, in the long term an implant will always work out to be cheaper.
Chin Implant Results
The cost of a chin implant doesn’t dictate the results. Every patient has different underlying anatomy and while the surgeon can help choose the best implant size and shape, and place it precisely, results are primarily dependent on the patient’s anatomy. The best chin implant results occur when the surgeon and patient can communicate the goals both using simulated images before surgery and while testing out sizes of implants during surgery. Check out more chin implant before and after pictures here.
Cheap Chin Implants
The price of cheap chin implants can be COSTLY. Medical tourism is a common practice in which patients will seek cheaper care in an international setting. Internationally, these chin implants are hand carved from a solid block of silicone. While one can get improvement with this cost-saving measure, the element of human error can lead to many poor outcomes. In addition, infection is the main risk of a chin implant, and follow-up care is important.