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If you have a small, a receding chin, a weak jaw or lack of facial contour, chin implant can be the answer to help you feel more confident and happier with your look. Plastic surgeons use the implant to augment the size and shape of the chin to achieve a more harmonious balance of your face. Chin implant can be done as an isolated procedure or in conjunction with face lift, neck lift and frequently with the nose surgery (rhinoplasty). People with big nose may be a suitable candidate for chin implant, since a weak chin causes nose to be big; in this case the nose becomes balance with the rest of the face from a chin implant rather than rhinoplasty. Chin implant can be performed on both male and female patients. The procedure is minimally invasive, done under local anesthesia.

Silicone implants are the most common type of implant as they have a lower risk and yield a satisfactory result. During the procedure, the chin implant will be inserted within a chin pocket over the front of the jawbone, and then it will be carved and trimmed to fit each patient. 

Chin enhancement is also done in a non-surgical approach using injectable facial filler to increase the length, width, or projection of the chin. It takes only 10-15 minutes with no anesthesia and patient will experience a little pain, less swelling and redness. There is also less risk of movement or infection. Some patients prefer filler injection for chin enhancement because they are not ready to undergo the open surgery and recovery time is relatively shorter, patient usually can go back to work the next day.


Prior to undergoing chin implant surgery, your medical history will be reviewed to ensure that your overall health is good. Supplements, and certain vitamins should be avoided as well as aspirin, ibuprofen, other over the counter non-steroidal inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). You will be advised to refrain from smoking and alcohol for 2 weeks before the surgery since they can cause unforeseen complications and affect the healing.

Post-operative care 

Swelling, bruising and discomfort usually occur following surgery and this can be controlled with prescriptive pain medication and cold compress (wash cloths soaked in ice water), do not directly apply ice to the area.  Eat soft food, avoid sleeping on your side or face down for the first week after the surgery to prevent implant displacement. Routines activities can be done including, shower, bath and hair wash, but no vigorous exercise or contact sports should be attempts for 2-3 weeks, or until it is approved by the physician.


Chin Implant should be performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon to avoid the complications; however, some possible risks probably arise including infection, swelling, and shift in implant position, and side effect of anesthesia.