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A weak or recessed chin can affect your self-esteem and disrupt the harmony between your facial features. A small chin may also imbalance other features, like making your nose appear larger than it is. Chin implants can strengthen your jawline, improve your profile by adding volume to achieve facial balance.*
Dr. David Dellinger is board certified in plastic/reconstructive surgery, and facial plastic surgery is one of the primary focuses of Elysian Plastic Surgery in Austin. Over his two decades in practice, Dr. Dellinger has helped men and women throughout Texas and beyond who are interested in refining their appearance with chin implants.
Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more your options for facial rejuvenation with chin implants.
You may be a good candidate for chin implants if you have a small or recessed chin and have realistic expectations. Chin augmentation surgery can extend or enlarge the chin, create a more defined facial profile and bring your facial features into harmony. Chin implants may also reduce the appearance of a double chin by elongating the projection of the chin.*
At your consultation, Dr. Dellinger will examine your entire face — including your chin, nose, eyes, cheekbones and forehead — to recommend the best way to enhance your look. Dr. Dellinger may suggest a combination of procedures, such as liposuction on your neck or nose surgery, to complement your new chin.*
Injectable fillers that temporarily add volume can be used for chin augmentation if you want to see how a more defined chin may work for you without the long-lasting results of chin implants.*
Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes to an hour under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. During your chin implant surgery, Dr. Dellinger makes a small incision inside your mouth where the scar will be undetectable. He then sculpts a tiny pocket that fits the silicone chin implant like a glove. A second incision may be made under your chin to adjust the implant or perform liposuction.
After your procedure, Dr. Dellinger may apply bandages or tape to support and secure your chin implant.
You should be able to go home the same day as your chin implant surgery. You should plan on taking a week to rest and recover. You may have some swelling and bruising at first and some people also have slight numbness in their lower lip. The numbness should go away within a couple weeks. For the first few days, you should sleep on your back with your head elevated and Dr. Dellinger may recommend eating a liquid or soft diet. You should be able to resume vigorous physical activity after about 2 to 3 weeks.*
You should see a change in the shape and definition of your chin after chin augmentation surgery. Your results may continue to develop for 1 to 3 months as the swelling subsides.*
How much does cheek implant surgery cost?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, chin implant surgery costs around $3,000. However, the price can vary based on the practice’s location and whether or not you’re combining your chin implant surgery with other procedures. There are additional fees to think about when considering the price of surgery including facility and anesthesia fees.
At Elysian Plastic Surgery, we do our best to give you the most up-front and accurate estimate for your cost so that you plan ahead. If you need assistance financing your surgery, we offer financing options with affordable payment options.
What are chin implants made from?
Chin implants are made from flexible biocompatible silicone material. Biocompatibility means that the implant is very unlikely to cause an adverse reaction within the body. Chin implants come in different shapes and sizes to fit the natural structure of the patient’s chin bone.
Once the implant is placed, the feel is very much like that of a natural chin bone, and you should not feel it. The size of the implant you choose will depend on the chin enhancement results you are looking to achieve.
What to expect at my chin augmentation consultation?
During your consultation with Dr. Dellinger, you’ll be able to ask any questions you have about the procedure and discuss your desired outcome. Dr. Dellinger will examine your chin and facial structure and go over the types of results you can achieve with chin implants. During this time, he’ll be able to make recommendations for the size and placement of the chin implant that would help you achieve your goals.
Will there be a scar?
Dr. Dellinger makes a small incision inside the mouth to keep the scar hidden. The scar inside the mouth should not be noticeable or cause any discomfort.
Are chin implants permanent?
Once a chin implant is in place, there is no need to replace it. Unlike breast implants that may require removal or replacement, the chin implant is made of solid silicone, which should hold up for a lifetime.
Will my chin implant move?
While chin implants can move out of place, the chances of this happening after you’ve fully healed are unlikely. Most chin implant malposition happens within the first weeks after surgery, while the body is still recovering.
If you notice that your implant has settled a little too high or low, surgery can be performed to correct it. To help reduce the risk of your chin implant moving, you should make sure to follow Dr. Dellinger’s post-operative guidelines. This includes avoiding putting pressure on your chin and manipulating the chin.
When can I see my final results?
You’ll be able to see changes to your chin immediately following surgery. However, you should allow the swelling to fade before assessing your final results. Healing time for chin augmentation can take several months, though individual recovery times vary depending on your body’s own ability to heal and if you’ve combined your chin augmentation with other procedures.
To schedule your chin implant surgery consultation, please call our Austin plastic surgery practice at 512-229-1978 or request a consultation online.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.