Chin Implant Surgery (Mentoplasty, Chin Augmentation) - San Diego, CA*

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You may not think much about the size and shape of your chin, but a weak chin can be what's making other facial features unbalanced. Many patients, who think their nose looks too large, may be surprised to find out that altering their chin is more effective than reshaping their nose with rhinoplasty. Chin implant surgery (also known as mentoplasty or chin augmentation) strengthens the chin, adds definition to the jawline, and brings other facial features into balance. At La Jolla Plastic Surgery in San Diego, CA triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo performs chin implant surgery to improve the size, shape, and proportion of the chin with a flexible silicone implant. If you want to see the dramatic impact a chin implant can have on the entire face, see Dr. Chaffoo's before and after photo gallery of chin implant surgery. You can also schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chaffoo at his office in La Jolla, CA to find out if a chin implant or other plastic surgery can improve your appearance and confidence.

Before Surgery

During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will listen carefully to your concerns and goals before assessing your facial features to determine if a chin implant or other surgery is your best option. Dr. Chaffoo will measure the proportions of the facial features and the distance between features to help him determine the best size and shape for your chin implant. Once you and Dr. Chaffoo have decided on chin implant surgery he will go over:

  • Chin implant options
  • Incision placement and surgical technique
  • What to expect after surgery and possible risks

Surgical Technique

Chin implant surgery is typically performed as an outpatient surgery with the patient under local and general anesthesia for maximum comfort. Dr. Chaffoo will make a small incision under the chin or inside the mouth and create a pocket for the implant. Once the implant is placed, Dr. Chaffoo will close and bandage the incision.


The chin and the surrounding area will be swollen and bruised for about 2 weeks after your surgery, but cold compresses can be used to speed healing and minimize discomfort. A liquid diet is best for at least the first 2 days after surgery, then a soft food diet is encouraged for 10 days. Most patients can return to their job about 1 week after their surgery, but should avoid strenuous activity for 4 – 6 weeks.


Once the swelling and bruising have subsided and the implant has settled into its final position, you should be able to see your results. Unless you experience a facial trauma, the improvements created by your chin implant should last you a lifetime. Continue to schedule check–up appointments with Dr. Chaffoo so he can evaluate any changes in the chin implant.

Expected Costs

Chin implant surgery usually costs around $6,500 – $8,000, but this varies based on the implant that is chosen. During the initial consultation, Dr. Chaffoo can better estimate your costs, discuss payment methods, and explain medical financing options.

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$6,500 - $8,000
Recovery Time  
2 - 6 Weeks
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Chin Augmentation FAQs

Conditions Treated?

Chin implant surgery can be used to improve many facial features, including:

  • Weak, receding chin
  • Weak or undefined jawline
  • Facial asymmetry or deformities caused by injury or genetics
  • Improper facial proportions
  • Prominent nose

Combining Treatments?

A chin surgery is often a perfect complement to nose surgery for better overall facial proportions. Neck liposuction can also further define the jawline and create a strong profile. Other facial surgeries may also be included based on your cosmetic goals.

Potential Risks?

Dr. Chaffoo takes all possible precautions to make your chin implant surgery as safe as possible, but some risks are still possible, including:

  • Infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Implant shifting

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.