About Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation surgery is utilized to reshape the chin either by enhancing the size with an implant, or by reducing the size of the chin by reshaping bones.
This surgery can improve the contours and shape of the chin, neck, or jawline, making the face more proportional and balanced relative to other facial features. It can be used to 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.
This is a permanent solution that can address multiple concerns and effectively help with one’s confidence and self esteem when done by a professional.

Am I a Good Candidate for Chin Augmentation?

Chin augmentation surgery can provide many benefits and enhancements for a patient, but it is important to set realistic goals and expectations for the outcome of the procedure. 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
– You are a nonsmoker. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.
– You are in good health overall. This procedure requires a period of healing. Ideally, the patient would not have any medical conditions that would impair or complicate the healing process. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, it’s best to speak to  your primary care physician to see if this procedure is right for you.


A chin augmentation is a procedure that can be completely customized to fit one’s aesthetic goals. Usually this procedure is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic, but depending on the complexity of your case, it may be done in a hospital under general anesthetic. 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 of 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 of the mouth in order to gain access to the chin bone. Either a saw or chisel is used to make 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.


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. Light to moderate exercise can be resumed 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, which is when your results will be permanent.

How Much Does a Chin Augmentation Cost?

The cost of chin augmentation surgery can vary significantly depending on the complexity of your case, the number of procedures involved, if implants are used, and where you live. It’s also important to note that the amount above does not reflect additional surgery costs, including:
– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:
– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered chin augmentation surgery, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

Typically, health insurance companies do not cover labiaplasty surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. However, you should still do your research before proceeding with this surgery and check with your health insurance provider. It is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

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