Chin Implant (Surgical)
RECOVERY 5 days with a bandage, 1-2 days of soreness
What is a Chin Implant?
Chin augmentation with a silicone chin implant can enhance your natural bony features. By enhancing ones chin, we can improve the balance of your face and help contour your jawline.
How Much Does a Chin Implant Cost?
According to RealSelf, a chin implant varies in cost from $2000 to $6000. This procedure should always be done in a sterile environment so expect to pay a facility fee for the operating room. The type of implant used also varies as custom 3-D printed implants start at $3200 for just the implant itself. The procedure does not NEED to be done under general anesthesia so there is some cost savings if you are doing it under local. Our current price is $2499 for a standard non-custom chin implant.
Who is a good chin augmentation candidate?
Whether you inherently have weaker bone structure, want to enhance what you have or seem to have lost some bony volume with age, there are many things you can do to improve this: synthetic fillers, fat grafting, and the use of silicone implants.
What are Some Chin Implant Alternatives?
Chin augmentation is commonly performed in 3 ways: fillers, bone advancement (genioplasty) and silicone implants. While fillers are the easiest, they are not permanent and in the long term generally will be a more expensive option. Sliding genioplasty is a technique in which a saw is used to make a cut in the jaw to advance the bone which is then secured in place with plates and screws.
I prefer a silicone chin implant from Implantech. These implants can be inserted via an incision inside the mouth or right below the chin. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and completed in just under an hour.
During your consultation, computer morphing will be performed so you can visualize and determine the changes that will best suit your face. Once this goal is set, I use some artistic vision and touch to find the right size, type and shape for each patient.
How is a chin implant performed?
The procedure is performed using local numbing shots. I also prefer patients to take an anti-anxiety pill which helps lower your blood pressure. Generally, I make a 3-4cm long incision in the crease below your chin. A pocket is created under the layer right over the jaw bone. I then use trial implants to find an ideal size implant for you. The actual implant is then washed in antibiotics and precisely inserted into the pocket. A few stitches later, the procedure is complete. No screws. No bony cuts.
Will I feel the implant?
No. These are not like breast implants. The chin implant should be immobile and even when you touch it, it should feel like bone.
What is a custom chin implant?
In unique circumstances, the implant can be customized to help change contours to create improved symmetry if baseline symmetry is not adequate. I also with Implantech to create custom 3D Accuscan Patient Specific® Implants.
What is Recovery Like?
After chin augmentation, there is a slight soreness, swelling and numbness at the incision site; for this you will take some pain medication. Keeping the head elevated to minimize swelling is recommended. Patients usually return to work after 5 days simply because you will have your chin taped until this time. The swelling lasts up to 3 months but for the most part you can see a result immediately.
Risks Of Implants
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, those related to augmentation with chin implants include the following:
- Loss of sensation
- Implant site infection
- Implant shifting
I have published literature on the use of cheek and chin implants to enhance facelift results. The chin implants are similarly used to enhance the result of a rhinoplasty to help improve and balance one’s profile. Chin implants can also be combined with chin liposuction to define and chisel the jawline.