What is chin augmentation?

Cheek augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that seeks to improve the overall appearance of the chin. The most common cheek augmentation technique is to insert implants into the cheeks in order to give the cheeks more volume and increase cheekbone definition.

Why chin implants?

The chin is an incredibly important aspect of the face in terms of its overall aesthetics. Having a nicely sized and shaped chin is a good base to create good proportions for the rest of your features. Other than the size and shape, having a well-defined and sharp jawline is very desirable for both men and women. Those who have smaller chin bones will want to improve it in order to obtain a better facial structure and proportions.

If your chin is too small, it can create the appearance of your nose appearing out of proportion. Hence, many patients opt for a combination treatment of chin augmentation as well as rhinoplasty for a facial restructuring that gives optimal results.

A weak chin can also expose other aesthetic weaknesses in a patient, especially around their neck areas. This might reveal the appearance of a shorter neck and giving the highly displeasing look of having a double chin. Through augmentation of the chin, these weaknesses can be concealed. Oftentimes, chin augmentation may be combined procedures to the neck to further improve on the final results.

Different types of chin augmentations

There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical options that work for chin augmentation.

Sliding genioplasty

A sliding genioplasty is a plastic surgery procedure where the bone of the chin is modified and the entire structure of the chin is changed. The surgeon makes a cut from within the oral cavity to the chin bone and shifts it according to the patient’s requirements.
Sliding genioplasties are an important procedure in chin augmentation as they are the best way to reduce an overly large chin, a result that chin implants and chin fillers cannot accomplish.

Chin implants

One very common option for chin augmentation are chin implants. These are usually silicone implants that are inserted into the chin through an incision. Chin implants are a great option for long-lasting chin augmentation results, but they have the drawback of being hard to undo if revisions are required.

Chin Fillers

Chin fillers are a minimally-invasive way to quickly and effectively augment the chin. Chin fillers are made out of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA occurs naturally within the body and thus there is very little chance of triggering an adverse immune reaction. By providing volume while also possessing abilities to trigger collagen growth and increase hydration, HA fillers can provide instantaneous volume and gives results that can improve over time.
Fillers do not share the same drawbacks as the other procedures as they can be reversed fairly easily with enzymes if results are unfavourable. However, they only last between 6 to 12 months as HA is naturally broken down in the skin over time, so multiple treatments might be necessary to maintain results.

The experience of getting a chin augmentation procedure done at The Clifford Surgery

You will undergo a thorough consultation with our surgeon so as to better understand your needs and expectations for the chin augmentation procedure. Your facial features will be assessed and a treatment protocol will be tailored for your features and facial structure. Your surgeon will commonly recommend that you opt for either one or multiple facial surgeries, using a combination approach to accomplish optimal results.

Chin Fillers

Chin filler procedures are done under local anaesthesia. Injection points will be designated on your face by the surgeon. After the HA fillers are injected into your skin, the doctor will massage your skin to allow the fillers to naturally distribute under your tissue layer. The entire procedure usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour.

Chin Implants

Chin implants may be conducted under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the patient’s condition and needs. Either an internal or external incision point will be chosen – the surgeon will either make the incision in front of the lower gums or from behind the chin on the lower jaw. The silicone implants are then carefully inserted and reshaped to fit your jaw shape. The incisions will be closed with biocompatible absorbable sutures.

Sliding Genioplasty

This surgery is more major and has to be done under general anaesthesia. Our surgeon will make an incision from below the lower gums and cut your chin bone horizontally, detaching it from the rest of the jaw and soft tissue. Depending on whether your chin needs to be enhanced or reduced, the surgeon will either reattach it with a slight gap (enhancement) or shave it down (reduction). For some patients, there might be a metal plate that has to be inserted in order to make sure the bone remains in the right place. The incision is then sewn shut with biocompatible absorbable sutures.

Possible risks and complications

As with all plastic surgery procedures, chin implants have some potential risks and complications.

Most, if not all of these can be avoided with good surgery technique. Be sure to consult a experienced, skilled and reputable plastic surgeon for your chin implants.

Excessive bleeding
Infection of the incision site
Fillers not spreading correctly
Nerve damage leading to numbness
Post-surgical asymmetry


Are the results from chin augmentation surgeries permanent?

With the exception of chin fillers, which last for around 6 to 12 months, the results from chin implants and sliding genioplasty are permanent.

How long does the procedure take?

Chin augmentation procedures usually takes about 30 to 90 min to complete, depending on the complexity of the operation.

Will I feel pain during/after the surgery?

As the surgeries are either conducted under local or general anaesthesia, you will not feel any pain or major discomfort during them.

After the surgery, the treatment area will likely feel sore and have a little bit of swelling, but this will heal over a few days. You will be given painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication to address this.

Is there any downtime? Are there any side effects?

Chin augmentation surgeries are considered safe and has a low risk of complications arising. In rare cases, there is the chance of the following complications arising:

  • Infection of the incision site
  • Fillers not spreading correctly
  • Nerve damage leading to numbness
  • Post-surgical asymmetry

Through proper post-care and having an experienced surgeon, the chance of these complications arising can be greatly mitigated.

Are there any lifestyle changes that I should make before my chin augmentation surgery?

In terms of dietary concerns, you are highly recommended to not eat spicy foods that could irritate the wound and your gums. It is also good to avoid any sports or activities that might cause trauma to your chin area during the healing process in order to avoid the chin not healing properly.

For patients that choose to undergo sliding genioplasty, you might need to consume only softer foods like porridge for a few days while your jawbone heals up.

At The Clifford Surgery, our doctors are highly experienced in aesthetic procedures. Visit us for a consultation and they will assess your situation, before recommending the most suitable course of treatment catered for you.