The chin is an integral part to facial symmetry. In individuals who have a weak chin, it can lead to an asymmetrical or uneven profile. This leads to a poorly defined neck and even impacts the way your nose looks on profile, which looks larger than it is in individuals with weak chins. Chin augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of your chin, creating an overall more aesthetically pleasing profile and facial symmetry. As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Walker has the skill and expertise to create the beautiful results you are looking for. Walker MD is 19 minutes from Downtown Atlanta and 12 minutes from Brookhaven.
What is Chin Augmentation?
Dr. Walker’s popular Atlanta chin augmentation is a highly sought-after treatment that improves the look of your jawline and chin. Very popular in both men and women who have a recessed or narrow chin, a chin augmentation can be a life-changing treatment. Facial balance and harmony through proper proportions are important aspects of the aesthetic appearance of your face. Chin projection and shape are important aspects to the appearance of your jawline, your under-chin, and your nose. A stronger and refined chin tightens the skin under your chin for a more chiseled look. Chin augmentation is an excellent procedure with minimal downtime to improve your profile if you have a small and/or recessed chin.
Generally, chin augmentation may be performed with facial fillers (Juvéderm Voluma, Radiesse, or Restylane Lyft), fat grafting if little volume is needed, or utilizing an implant for permanent results with minimal downtime. Although there are different materials available for chin implants, Dr. Walker prefers utilizing a soft silicone implant for a more natural feel.
Who is a Good Candidate for Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a very popular and common procedure for both men and women. It is commonly performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty to improve the facial profile and create facial harmony, as a weak chin makes the nose look larger than it is. Dr. Walker will review your medical history and make sure that there are no illnesses or medical conditions that would preclude you from having this wonderful procedure done. Ideal candidates for chin enhancement (augmentation) exhibit the following:
- Small or receding chin.
- Normal-sized mandible (jaw).
- Normal bite/occlusion – upper and lower meet up correctly.
- Good general health.
- Non-smoker – non-smokers heal faster than smokers and have a lower risk of infection.
- Generally, physically healthy.
- Physical maturity and no longer growing.
- Realistic expectations for improvement of facial contours.
How is the Chin Augmentation Procedure with an Implant Done?
A chin implant can be performed under mild sedation or local anesthetic in the office. Oftentimes, though, it is performed under general anesthesia as part of other facial procedures such as a rhinoplasty or neck lift. A short, essentially invisible, an incision is carefully placed in the crease under your chin. Dr. Walker then places the implant into a tight pocket onto the jaw bone and secures it in place. He typically uses a silicone implant, which he can sculpt as needed to compensate for pre-existing asymmetries of the chin or jawline. Chin implants are designed to be long-lasting without the need for future change. They are available in various sizes and shapes to address your specific needs. During your consultation, Dr. Walker will discuss your goals with you and will recommend an implant that’s right for you.
Chin Augmentation Recovery
Following chin augmentation surgery, you should expect to be away from work and recovering from your procedure for about one week. Swelling, redness, and bruising may rarely take up to three weeks to completely subside, at which time you will be able to see the full extent of the change to your facial contours. Sutures under the chin are left in place for one week. Chin enhancement surgery creates an immediately visible outcome, which usually leads to instantaneous satisfaction by Dr. Walker’s clients. Strenuous activities and contact sports are to be avoided for the first month.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you believe you may benefit from chin augmentation and would like to learn more about this procedure, contact our office today! We will schedule your consultation with Dr. Walker, which is the first step towards your aesthetic goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a chin augmentation cost?
During your consultation, Dr. Walker will discuss your treatment goals and his team will go over pricing with you, which will depend on the type of augmentation procedure chosen as well as other procedures you may have performed in conjunction. Always keep in mind that rather than seeking the best deal, you also should consider credentials and training, all of which impact procedure safety and outcome.
Does insurance cover the cost of chin augmentation?
Chin enhancement, whether surgical or non-surgical, is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.
Can chin augmentation be combined with other facial procedures?
Chin augmentation is often combined with other facial procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, including facial fillers, fat grafting, jawline contouring, neck and jawline liposuction, rhinoplasty, or facelift.
Are there non-surgical alternatives to chin implants?
Chin augmentation can be performed surgically (chin implant or fat grafting) or non-surgically (filler injection). Dr. Walker performs many non-surgical treatments at WalkerMD. One of the most popular treatments is his signature jawline contouring procedure using Radiesse®, Juvéderm Voluma®, or Restylane Lyft® All are FDA-approved fillers for various purposes and can be used for volume restoration in certain areas of the face that we lose through aging, strenuous exercise, or genetic predisposition. The filler gets skillfully placed by Dr. Walker to accentuate your jawline/chin complex for a beautiful and natural contour. Since each client is different and requires various amounts of augmentation, the treatment is custom-tailored your needs and goals.
Are chin implants and chin fillers just for women?
Chin enhancement, whether surgical or non-surgical, is an extremely popular procedure for both men and women. Some men are concerned if it impacts their shaving, which it doesn’t except during the time of healing. For the first week, surgical dressing and sutures will need to be shaved around. After that, regular beard trimming and facial hygiene including shaving of facial hair may be resumed. For the first few weeks after surgery, caution is advised during shaving. Do not apply excessive pressure over the implant to avoid misplacement. Once cleared by Dr. Walker, men may resume their regular facial hair trimming with the usual pressure.