Reshape Your Chin and Jaw with Chin Augmentation Surgery

By: Dr. Husam Elias


Having a weak chin or jawline can make a person feel self-conscious about their appearance and can also interfere with facial harmony and balance. While injectable fillers can certainly provide a more desirable chin shape, many patients are interested in a more long-lasting solution. To help patients achieve an enhanced look and feel more confident, distinguished cosmetic and oral/maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Husam Elias performs chin augmentation surgery (genioplasty) at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts near Los Angeles, CA. Below, you’ll find helpful information on how chin augmentation surgery works and what results may be possible for you.

Who would need a chin implant?

Chin augmentation surgery is most often performed for cosmetic purposes, with some of the most common complaints leading patients to pursue surgery being:

  • Weak chin
  • Set-back chin
  • Weak jawline
  • Weak profile
  • Small chin
  • Asymmetric jawline/chin
  • Chin is disproportionately small compared to the rest of the face

How does chin augmentation work?

Formally known as genioplasty, chin augmentation surgery is performed using general anesthesia and as an outpatient procedure. To begin, Dr. Elias makes an incision beneath the chin and creates a pocket to hold the silicone chin implant in place. The implant is then inserted beneath the skin, and additional modifications – such as bone and tissue reduction – may need to be made in order to further secure the implant in the desired location. Once Dr. Elias has ensured proper positioning and appearance, the incision will be closed with sutures.

Bruising and swelling are normal after chin augmentation surgery, but most patients are able to return to work and other light activities after about a 1 – 2 week recovery period. Postoperative chin augmentation swelling may take up to 6 – 12 weeks to resolve, though preliminary results of the procedure can become apparent sooner.

What does a chin augmentation scar look like?

Dr. Elias understands the importance of minimizing visible scarring after chin implant surgery. Most patients are left with virtually no visible scarring, as only a small incision beneath the chin and out of sight is necessary.

What keeps a chin implant from moving?

As part of the body’s natural healing process and response to a foreign body, it creates a capsule around the implant, which helps to keep it steady and stable. Additionally, Dr. Elias uses specialized techniques during the surgical procedure that ensure the implant remains secure in its original placement. During your initial consultation and subsequent appointments with Dr. Elias, he will discuss proper chin implant aftercare to minimize the risk of your chin implant shifting in the future.

How long does a chin implant last?

Synthetic chin implants can last for many decades, with some patients retaining their chin implants for a lifetime. Should a chin implant move or become damaged, or should the patient desire a change in their appearance, Dr. Elias can discuss chin implant removal or revision. However, the vast majority of patients come to love their enhanced new look and don't consider removing their chin implants. In fact, many wish they had gotten chin augmentation surgery sooner.

Take your look to the next level with genioplasty surgery near Los Angeles, CA

Have you always wished you had a stronger chin and a more attractive jawline or profile? If so, don’t wait any longer to get the look you deserve. For more information on the exciting transformations that are possible with chin augmentation surgery, call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts to schedule your one-on-one consultation with top Los Angeles cosmetic and oral/maxillofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Husam Elias today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.