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About Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can improve the contours and shape of the chin, neck, or jawline, making the face more proportional and balanced relative to other facial features.

What Does Chin Augmentation Involve?

Chin augmentation in Tampa can correct a recessed or “weak” chin by enhancing the chin’s shape with an implant placed around the existing chin bone. Alternatively, this surgery can involve removing bone to correct a chin that appears to be protruding out. It is a permanent solution that can address multiple concerns and effectively help with one’s confidence and self-esteem when done by a qualified professional.

Am I a Good Candidate for Chin Augmentation?

Chin augmentation surgery can provide many benefits for a patient. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are unhappy with the appearance of your chin
  • You have a recessed or “weak” chin
  • You feel as though your chin protrudes out too far

The best candidates for this procedure are nonsmokers in good overall health because it requires a period of healing. 

Plastic surgeons usually request that smokers quit smoking entirely or at least six weeks before and after their procedure to minimize the risks associated with smoking during the healing process.

Ideally, the patient would not have any medical conditions that could impair or complicate the healing process. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, speaking to your primary care physician is best to see if this procedure is right for you.


A chin augmentation can be completely customized to fit one’s aesthetic goals. Usually, this procedure is done on an outpatient basis under a general anesthesia. Surgery typically takes anywhere from one to three hours and is often combined with other procedures, such as liposuction or a neck lift. 

For enhancement with an implant, a small incision is made either below the chin or inside the mouth to create a pocket for the implant. Dr. Buchanan will then shape the implant to fit around the chin bone, which leaves a natural but noticeable volume enhancement.

In most cases, chin reduction surgery will require general anesthesia. An incision is made inside the mouth to access the chin bone. Either a saw or chisel is used to make another cut to the jaw bone. The jaw is then recessed and held into place with a metal plate secured by titanium screws.

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Recovery from this procedure will vary from patient to patient, depending on if it was combined with any other procedures, but in most cases, you can expect little downtime. We typically recommend that patients take one week off from work in order to let the incisions heal and for the swelling to subside. You can resume light to moderate exercise in about three to four weeks. During this time, you can mitigate any pain you may have with prescription pain medication prescribed by Dr. Buchanan or cold compresses. All swelling should subside three months post-surgery when your results will be permanent.

How Much Does a Chin Augmentation Cost? Prices starting at $6,000

The cost of a chin augmentation in Tampa can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the case, and it's important to note that health insurance companies usually don't cover facelift surgery because it's considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. The total cost of the surgery may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room costs
  • Post-surgery compression garments
  • Surgeon fees

However, there may be other miscellaneous fees that are not included in the cost, such as:

  • Blood tests or further pre-operative testing
  • Medical clearance exams
  • Prescription medications

The cost of the procedure can also be affected by various circumstances, including the:

  • Experience and reputation of the surgeon
  • Techniques used for the surgery
  • Complexity of the case
  • Location of the surgeon's practice

If you're interested in chin augmentation but have financial limitations, you can speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. They strive to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help them achieve their surgical goals.

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What is chin reduction?

When the chin is too large or protrudes too far, it can distract the eye from the rest of the features. Chin reduction can be performed to correct aesthetic concerns with the lower face and restore self-confidence and peace of mind. The procedure is often performed in tandem with rhinoplasty to ensure the profile appears balanced and harmonious.

Chin reduction surgery is often indicated for patients struggling with following:

  • Congenital defects of the chin or jaw
  • Macrogenia (enlarged chin)
  • Prognathism (protruding jaw)
  • “Witch’s Chin”

How is chin reduction performed?

Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, allowing patients to experience a stress-free treatment journey. The procedure takes between one and three hours to complete. Your surgeon will create an incision within the mouth and/or under the chin. Specialized surgical tools will then be employed to reduce portions of the chin bone, improving facial symmetry and balance. Once the changes are complete, the incisions are closed with fine sutures, and the patient is placed in the recovery suite.

What happens after chin reduction?

After surgery, the treatment area is dressed in a surgical bandage. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness are likely to be present in the lower face for the first 7-10 days. Because the jaw will be affected, chewing, speaking, yawning, and smiling may be difficult during the first phase of recovery. Patients will be on a liquid diet for the first few days after their procedure. For the first week, the chin may feel tight. Patients can typically return home the day of their surgery and resume normal activities within about a week.

Who is a candidate for chin reduction?

Anyone who is unhappy with the shape, size, or projection of their chin will be an excellent candidate for chin reduction in Tampa, provided they are a healthy non-smoker with realistic expectations. The chin should be fully formed at the time of surgery, which typically occurs by early adulthood. 

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

When selecting a plastic surgeon, it's crucial only to consider those who have been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). These surgeons have completed a rigorous training program that spans 6 to 8 years after their medical education. Their training focuses on developing expertise in reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery, ensuring they have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform complex procedures with precision and confidence.

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Why Choose VIVIFY?

Society often places such a big emphasis on how we look and present ourselves to the world. Right or wrong, this is a fact of life that can lead to us being hyper-critical of ourselves and making conclusions about who we are based on our appearance. We might spend time and effort obsessing about something that someone else would never even notice, and this may consume our energy that could be spent on more noble endeavors.

At VIVIFY plastic surgery & medspa, our board-certified medical experts, Dr. Dallas Buchanan and Michelle Buchanan, focus on crafting unique and customized treatment plans for each patient, depending on their goals and timeline. We strive to have excellent communication and pride ourselves on responsiveness. Above all else, we prioritize safety, so you can trust that we will never rush treatments or procedures. In our care, you can rest assured that you will be treated like family.

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