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.
"I truly had the best experience with La Jolla Skin! I was referred here by a friend who received micro needling and raved about how amazing her skin looked and felt after. This friend of mine recently moved to La Jolla from Beverly Hills and is definitely picky when it comes to all things beauty, so I completely trusted her recommendation. I had been wanting to do something more than just your standard facial to help the texture and appearance of my skin... acne scarring, pigmentation from the sun, large pores. I called to schedule my appointment and spoke with Jennifer who was SO sweet and helpful. When I went in for my appointment I have to admit I was a little nervous, but after consulting with Tracy I felt much more at ease. Nancy was the RN that preformed the micro needling and she too was amazing! She calmed my nerves and was just so so great. After having numbing cream on 30 mins prior to the micro needling I literally felt no pain or discomfort during the service. The machine is loud which sounds scary, but honestly it's nothing. My experience here was so wonderful and I look forward to continuing treatments with them. Highly recommend!!"- S.B. / Yelp / Sep 26, 2016
"Dr. Chaffoo is a great surgeon and is kind, gentle, experienced and has a great bedside manner. His staff (Nancy and Tracy) are equally as attentive and thorough. I felt safe and confident. I had my breast implants removed and a lift and a fat transfer to balance them. He did a great job. I am very happy with the results. I would recommend him to anyone."- S.E. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2017
"I just love coming here! Everyone that works here is not only extremely talented, but also very kind and welcoming. I've had microneedling, cool sculpting, vbeam, and a hydrafacial....I'm beyond happy with the results from each of these procedures! This whole team really takes time to listen to all of your questions and concerns, and patiently responds to each and every one. I've never felt like I was left feeling confused about anything, or that I had wasted my money on a service. I'm a client for life! Thank you all for being so awesome, I'd give you 6 stars if I could!"- N.R. / Yelp / Jul 17, 2017
"Very Natural Breast Augmentation, Wonderful Experience - Dr. Chaffoo is the utmost professional. I had a great experience with him from the start to finish of my surgery process, and continue to have a good experience. He is very attentive and caring, and I ended up with fabulous results from my surgery. I also appreciate that Dr. Chaffoo has me come in once per year for a check up, which gives me added peace of mind."- K. / RealSelf / Jul 11, 2017
"Great new experience - I went to La Jolla Plastic Surgery for Coolsculpting. It was a new experience for me but Dr. Chaffoo and his assistant Robert walked me through it and made sure I was comfortable through it all. I have already recommended them to several friends and I'm sure I'll be back soon. Thanks!"- S. / RealSelf / Jun 22, 2017
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
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.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,500 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 - 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- Post-op Follow-up
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Chin Augmentation FAQs
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
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.
Dr. Chaffoo takes all possible precautions to make your chin implant surgery as safe as possible, but some risks are still possible, including:
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Implant shifting