More definition. More distinction.

Do you feel your chin or jaw line is barely visible and doesn’t fit your face?

Give rounded features a more harmonious, proportioned and natural look with a chin surgery. Dr. Chad Wu offers Chin Augmentation, or Mentoplasty, Chin Reduction, or Genioplasty, and Jaw Augmentation & Reduction to help bring balance to your face, correct the contour of your jaw line, and help boost your self-esteem and confidence.

To improve a receding or weak chin and facial balance, Chin Augmentation surgery requires the placement of an implant in the front of the chin to make the chin stand out more prominently. Jaw implants are another option that help restore balance and symmetry to the face by adjusting the angles leading to the chin. They can create a stronger jawline or provide a more understated contour, and can also remedy a drooping neckline by tightening and raising the neck skin with the volume they add.

Conversely to correct an overly pronounced or jutting chin, Chin Reduction improves facial balance by reshaping the chin and/or mandible through the gentle shaving down of the bone.

CHIN SURGERY CORRECTS THE FOLLOWING ISSUES:

  • Recessed or receding chin
  • Weak jaw line
  • Drooped neckline
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Malformation of the lower part of the face
  • Lost volume to due aging on the lower part of the face

Both men and women with receding chins can benefit from getting chin implants. Women round out their chins to balance with other facial features, while men can capture the square-jawed look masculine look.

The overall goal of Chin Surgery is to provide balance to your facial features giving your chin the most suitable projection and height. The proportions of the lower, mid, and upper face are taken in to consideration to create the optimum balance.

Solutions

Chin augmentation, or chin implants, can be performed to produce a more defined chin profile and distinct jaw line, which can dramatically improve a recessive chin or a rounded face and neck. Chin augmentation or chin implant can also be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures to accentuate the lower face and neck line. A chin implant is frequently combined with liposuction of the neck, facelift, necklift, and rhinoplasty procedures.

For Chin or Jaw Reduction the bone is shaved down with the incision placed underneath the chin so it’s minimally visible. Concluding surgery, you will be dressed with a fitted facial support garment or strap to reduce movement and help control swelling.

For Chin and Jaw Augmentation, the incisions are hidden as they are placed inside of the mouth in the lower gum of the lip. Dissolvable stitches are used to close the incisions.

After your consultation, Dr. Wu will decide on the most appropriate incision and type of chin implant to give you the results that you want with minimal scarring. Chin implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes to provide the right contour to patients seeking to enhance their profile.

CHOICES FOR INCISION

Inside the mouth: More challenging to insert the chin implant and may not be possible if you require larger prosthetic. There is a slightly higher risk for infection but also no chance of visible scarring.

Under the chin in the natural crease: Easier to position the implant and less risk for infection. Very minimal scarring may be visible.

CHIN IMPLANT TECHNIQUES

  • Transoral Chin Implant (small incisions within mouth)
  • Submental Chin Implant (small incision beneath chin)

CHIN IMPLANT TYPES

  • Silicone Chin Implant.
    Made of smooth, firm rubber, silicone implants give the chin or jaw a normal feel. With time, surrounding tissue grows around the implant to keep it in place. The implants come in various shapes and sizes to custom fit the unique needs of each patient.
  • Porous Polyethylene (Medpor) Chin Implant
    Polyethylene implants are made up of small, microscopic tunnels, which allow the surrounding blood vessels and soft tissue to grow into the implant holding it in place. The implants come in various shapes and sizes to custom fit the unique needs of each patient.

The Procedure

TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

  • Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Talk to your surgeon about any allergies.
  • Also tell him if you are taking any medications.
  • Inform your surgeon if you smoke.

THE DAY OF THE OPERATION

  • Wear easy-to-wear clothing.
  • Do not wear make-up.
  • Do not wear jewelry.

Genioplasty is usually performed under general, mixed or local anesthesia and may last from thirty minutes to two hours. Several methods can be used to correct your chin: filing the bones of the jaw, removing portions of bone, installing a chin implant, bone grafting, etc. In all cases, the scars will be concealed inside your mouth. Your surgeon will determine the appropriate technique during preliminary consultations.

Usually, you can return home the same day. Depending on the technique used by your surgeon, your recovery period will last about a week. During this time, you will need to wear a dressing. Bruising and swelling should go away after two weeks. You can do sports activities after six weeks. You will see results immediately, however the final appearance of your chin will be visible only two to three months after the surgery.

  • No alcohol
  • No tobacco
  • No intense physical activity

THE MAIN COMPLICATIONS

  • Exposure of the prosthesis
  • Asymmetry
  • Contour irregularities
  • Venous problems
  • Infection
  • Rejection of the implant
  • Loss of chin sensitivity

FAQ

Can you combine Chin Augmentation with other procedures at the same time?

Yes, Chin Augmentation is a fairly non-invasive procedure that can be combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures such as a Brow Lift, Facelift, Cheek Augmentation, and even other more complicated techniques such as Breast Augmentation. Any appropriate procedure combinations will be determined based on your medical health and unique goals.

Will I be able to feel my chin or jaw implant(s)?

Regardless of the type of implant you choose, your improved chin and/or jawline will have a natural look and feel.

Will I have visible scars from Chin Reduction?

Scars are visible for Chin Reduction. However, incisions are placed underneath the chin so that they as invisible as possible. With time and healing they should be minimal.

Are Chin Augmentation scars visible?

No, Chin Augmentation scars are not visible. The incisions for chin implants are placed inside the mouth in the lower gum of the lip.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Cheek shaping usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes. Chin shaping can take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. Your time may vary.

CAN I RETURN HOME THE SAME DAY?

Yes. Cheek and chin shaping is done on an outpatient basis. However, it is necessary that you have someone to pick you up after the procedure, take you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours.

HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITY?

Most individuals return to their usual activities in one week. No activities that could jar or bump the face for up to six weeks.

Financing YOUR PROCEDURES

Making the investment in your personal appearance and well-being shouldn’t be a barrier to any of our patients. Dr. Wu offers financing as an alternative to obtain the procedure of your choice.

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