Chin augmentation – how it works
Chin augmentation is used to create a stronger jawline, adding volume to the face, and giving patients a more balanced profile. This minor cosmetic procedure can offer impressive results.
While it’s particularly popular among those with a less defined jawline, it can also benefit those who want to change their face shape.
Take some time to consider if an implant is really for you, and explore the side-effects, cost, and results of chin augmentation.
In this article:
Duration of results
Back to work
After one to two weeks
Full recovery time
One to two weeks
Slight discomfort during healing
What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation adds shape and definition to the chin area with a small, safe implant.
This surgery is typically favoured by those with a recessed chin – when the chin slopes towards the neck rather than jutting outwards.
Chin augmentation can also be used by those who want to change the shape of their chin for aesthetic reasons, for example by defining their jawline.
How does chin augmentation work?
While it’s considered minor cosmetic surgery, it helps to understand how the procedure works to decide if it’s right for you.
The science behind it
During chin augmentation, a small implant is inserted below the chin bone. It is typically made of a pliable material such as silicone, adding more shape to the chin and contouring the jawline at the same time.
Before the treatment
There is little preparation needed before chin augmentation surgery but here are some things to consider:
- Ask any questions you may have at the consultation and chat through the kind of results you’d like to get from the treatment.
- Ensure you have good dental hygiene before your treatment to reduce the risk of infection.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medications for two weeks before the procedure.
- Stop smoking for at least two weeks before and after the surgery to help aid the recovery process.
During the treatment
Chin augmentation typically takes around an hour to complete and you can expect the following to happen during treatment:
- You should feel no pain during the procedure as it is performed under general or local anaesthetic.
- A small incision will be made under the chin using a scalpel. Alternatively, an incision may be made inside the mouth, depending on the size, shape, and location of the implant.
- The implant will then be inserted through the incision and moulded around the bone.
- Once the implant has been fitted, the incision will be closed using sutures.
Swelling is to be expected following a chin augmentation. While this reduces in the weeks following the procedure, you should expect a small amount to last for around three months. You can use a cold compress – such as an ice pack – to help lessen the swelling, as well as any bruising or discomfort.
Due to the swelling and sensitivity of the chin area, you should stick to a diet of soft foods or liquids for a week. Avoiding excess chewing can help speed up the recovery process. You’ll likely only experience minimal side-effects, but you should speak to your doctor if you notice any signs of infection.
What else do I need to know about chin augmentation?
Is chin augmentation permanent?
Yes – most chin augmentation implants are designed to last forever. You can, of course, have them removed at any point. It may take up to three to four months for you to see the final results of this procedure, as this is how long it will take for all of the swelling to reduce.
How much does chin augmentation cost?
Pricing varies depending on your clinic of choice and location, as well as the surgeon’s previous experience. Generally, the average cost of chin augmentation is around SR1,840.
How can I find chin augmentation treatments near me?
Use our clinic locator to search for the best approved clinics nearby.
Alternative chin augmentation treatments
If you want to add shape to your chin, implants aren’t the only option. Alternative treatments include:
- Fillers – chin fillers offer instant results with no downtime and are cheaper than implants; however, they aren’t permanent and typically last for a year. They can be used to achieve more subtle results than chin augmentation.
- Facelift – if your aim is to tighten the skin around the chin, a facelift is a great alternative. This is best suited to people who want to contour their face and reduce the appearance of fat, rather than for those who have a recessed chin.
- Sliding genioplasty – another form of chin augmentation, in which surgeons cut the lower jawbone to reshape it. This is best for those who need a significant increase in size, and it does have a longer recovery period.
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