About Chin Augmentation
If you have inherited a small or retrusive chin and would like a more defined facial profile, chin augmentation may be a good option. As we age and fat deposits begin to accumulate in and around the chin and neck area, we can lose that photogenic profile we once enjoyed. A weak or under defined chin can accentuate the nose and make it appear larger than its actual size. Chin augmentation can contour the chin to a more desirable shape. This procedure is often combined with other facial contouring operations such as liposuction of the neck, a rhinoplasty or a face lift. It may also be performed as a stand-alone operation. Visit or call Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, in Reston, VA to set up a consult with one of our plastic surgeons to learn more.
The best candidates for chin augmentation surgery:
- Have a weak or short chin
- Have a normal bite with well-aligned teeth and minimal overbite
- Want a more proportionate look for facial balance
- Want a more distinctive profile
Chin Augmentation Reviews
"This place is fantastic! Dr. Poindexter is not only awesome, but will not perform a procedure that is not necessary. He is honest, caring, and a real professional. I started seeing Dr. Poindexter over 15 years ago for my second chin augmentation. The first one was performed by a very conservative plastic surgeon. While the original outcome was good, it was not exactly what I had in mind. Dr. Poindexter replaced my implant and tightened my neck muscle. I have been extremely pleased and have had several procedures since. I have, and will continue to see, Dr. Poindexter and refer patients to him. The entire staff-from the front desk to the nurses-are friendly, professional and caring. I highly recommend Austin-Westin."- J.V. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2016
"Doctor Weston performed a rhinoplasty, chin implant and direct neck sculpting for me back in September and I am very pleased with the results. I am a 24yr old male and I always wanted a “stronger” chin and smaller nose. Dr. Weston and the staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable. They covered all aspects of the surgery with me and were good about answering my questions. The surgery itself went just as expected and I am thrilled. Now looking at the 3 months post-op pictures compared to my before pictures, I am very happy with my decision and choosing Dr. Weston."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 25, 2011
"In November 2007, I had chin liposuction done by Dr. Weston and was very pleased with the results. The office is very clean, professional, and organized (compared to other cosmetic surgery practices I've visited for consultations in the area). I plan to have another procedure done this fall; I wouldn't dream of going to another practice."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Aug 16, 2009
"It’s been 3 months since my chin implant and neck lift at Austin-Weston, and I can’t say enough good things about my experience. I’ll start with the doctors and staff. My surgeon, Dr. Knotts, was skilled, conscientious, kind, and caring. I found him patient and easy to talk to as well; no issue was too minor, no question was treated as silly, no concern was dismissed. Pre-op and post-op procedures were clearly and thoroughly explained. I met two of the other doctors – Dr. Weston and Dr. Poindexter – during my post-op visits and was impressed by their knowledge and kindness, too. I also loved the office staff/nurses – all were positive, helpful, and friendly. In short, everyone there seems committed to caring for their patients and being awesome at what they do. Additionally, the facility is clean and welcoming. Surgery is always nerve-wracking, but I felt very much in safe hands. My recovery has been pretty uneventful; 3 months later, I feel essentially back to normal (other than a little numbness in my neck).And the best part of it all is that I’m thrilled with the results. I can’t believe how much prettier I look and feel (while still looking totally natural and utterly like myself!). I’m still adjusting to the improvements, but I’m very happy. Dr. Knotts and everyone at Austin-Weston have my everlasting gratitude. I’d give them all more than 5 stars if I could!"- S.P. / Google / Apr 18, 2018
"changed my life - i had a facelift, chin implant, and"nose job"--results were spectacular."- Anonymous / Vitals / Dec 16, 2010
What to Expect
You will be under general anesthesia during chin augmentation surgery, which is performed as an outpatient procedure at our accredited surgical facility. Your plastic surgeon will make a small incision under the chin to insert the implant. For some patients, the incision is placed inside the mouth instead of under the chin. Most implants are made of some form of silicone and have a rubbery feel that is very similar to the natural chin area. The implants come in a variety of sizes, and your surgeon will help you choose the right one for you.
Via the same incision under the chin (submental), removal of neck fat can also be accomplished if necessary. The surgery generally takes around one hour.
Right after chin augmentation surgery, a dressing will be applied to the chin where it should remain for 3 – 4 days. Patients can expect some pain, tenderness, and swelling. Some patients may experience a tight, stretched sensation following surgery. These symptoms usually go away in about one week. It is also typical to have some numbness after chin augmentation that can take several weeks or occasionally months to resolve. After the swelling subsides, patients will be able to see the early results of their surgery. Most patients take off work one week for the operation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,800 - $5,300
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
define your profile
A short or weak chin not only makes your profile look weak, it can also make your nose appear to be large and disproportionate. While some patients think they need a nose surgery (rhinoplasty), they may only need chin augmentation surgery to achieve full facial harmony and symmetry. It is also common to combine both procedures. If you want to find out if this surgery is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.