Cosmetic Surgery Facial Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation, also known as mentoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that is often done in conjunction with rhinoplasty, a procedure that is also known as nose surgery or a nose job. Both nose surgery and chin augmentation affect the symmetry of the face and alter the profile of the face.

Chin surgery can either use an implant to increase the size of the chin or decrease the size of the chin by reshaping the bone. Just like nose surgery, chin surgery is often used to bring balance to the shape of the face. When performed together, these two surgeries can produce the facial symmetry a person desires.

Chin Augmentation Candidates

The best candidates for chin augmentation are people who feel that their face is unbalanced. People considering chin augmentation should be in good physical health and should be mentally stable. After plastic surgery, it often takes awhile to see desired results and depression can sometimes occur, especially in people with pre-existing mental conditions or instability.

People getting chin augmentation surgery, with or without nose surgery, should also have realistic expectations for the procedure. Despite the fact that chin augmentation and nose surgery can alter a person’s profile and facial balance, neither of these surgeries will change all aspects of a person’s face and facial features.

Additionally, it can take awhile after the procedure or procedures for a patient to see results and for swelling to disappear, so those having plastic surgery need to be prepared to be patient.

Planning Chin Augmentation

Before deciding to have chin augmentation, patients should do some research and choose a plastic surgeon carefully. Getting recommendations is a good way to choose a surgeon. Recommendations can come from:

  • family
  • friends
  • the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • your doctor
  • your local hospital.

Make sure your plastic surgeon has a great deal of experience with chin surgery and nose surgery (and with any other procedure you will be are undergoing). Don’t be afraid to ask about your plastic surgeon’s credentials, education and experience.

Your plastic surgeon should also be able to explain your procedure or procedures to you in a way that you understand. He should be able to fully answer any questions you ask.

Also, it’s worthwhile to talk to your doctor about possible complications and what you can expect after surgery. Pain medication is usually prescribed and should be picked up prior to plastic surgery. This way, you won’t have to worry about going to a pharmacy while you’re in pain and needing to rest.

Chin Augmentation Recovery

Dressing and bandaging usually stays in place for a few days after chin surgery. You will experience tenderness and swelling, just as with any plastic surgery procedure. Chewing may be difficult or impossible for a few days after surgery, so dietary changes may be necessary for a short period of time.

After about a week or two, patients may be able to return to daily activities, though anything strenuous should still be avoided. After about six weeks, patients should be completely back to normal and generally will be able to see the results of their surgery.

If chin surgery is done in conjunction with a nose job, the recovery period may be slightly longer, as the body will have more from which to recover.


American Society of Plastic Surgery (2007). Chin Surgery (Mentoplasty). Retrieved November 2, 2007, from the ASPS Web site: