Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
In our Austin, Texas practice, chin augmentation (also known as genioplasty or augmentation mentoplasty) is the cosmetic procedure that reshapes or enhances the size and position of the chin by inserting a chin implant or reshaping the bone. In most cultures, a prominent chin and distinct jawline are considered attractive facial features. There is actually a science to “sexiness” and universal agreement on what we humans typically find attractive. Facial symmetry is considered one of, if not the most, attractive feature. When it comes to chins, women tend to be attracted to a broad, prominent male chin. Men are typically drawn women with pointed chins and smaller, more delicate jaws.
Is Chin Augmentation Right for You?
Chin augmentation is an ideal procedure for those who were born with a diminutive chin or find that theirs has receded with age. By providing structure and contour to a recessed chin, chin augmentation enhances facial harmony and balance not only from the profile view but also from frontal and oblique views. It can add definition to the jawline while giving the neck a smoother, more refined appearance. Chin augmentation is also often combined with other restorative cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty, neck lift, or facelift. This approach can create an overall well-contoured and aesthetically pleasing face.
When considering chin augmentation, it is important to understand that the chin does not exist alone. A successful chin augmentation depends on consideration of the chin as part of the larger whole of the face. Harmony is especially important when it comes to the nose-chin balance of the face. For example, the nose may appear larger than it actually is if the chin is small. When chin augmentation or rhinoplasty is being considered, the nose-chin relationship, along with entire facial harmony, must be taken into account to make sure balance and beauty are achieved.
Meet Dr. Antunes
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Marcelo Antunes dedicates his practice exclusively to aesthetic procedures for the face. He can help you look your best and be confident in your appearance.About Dr. Antunes
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Marcelo Antunes takes great pride in his work and usually performs chin augmentation using either chin implants or, less commonly, sliding genioplasty.
The chin implant technique uses a small incision made under the chin. On the other hand, sliding genioplasty is a different approach that involves cutting the chin bone and advancing it forward and possibly downward to achieve the desired results. Once in place, the chin bone is secured using a small titanium plate and screws.
In Austin, chin augmentation requires planning and a clear discussion of your desired outcomes and expectations. If you are considering chin augmentation, a skilled an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Antunes can carefully examine your entire face and head to determine what adjustments will create the most natural-looking, aesthetically appealing results. Remember that the chin does not exist independent of other facial features. The best chin augmentation will not only alter the appearance of the chin but also will restore harmony to the entire face.
Chin Augmentation at a Glance
Goal: To bring harmony and attractiveness to the face by enhancing the profile and contour of the chin.
Procedure: Chin implants are inserted through a small incision under the chin. Sliding genioplasty involves adjusting the placement of the chin bone.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation
Length of procedure: 1 to 2 hours
Aftercare: When surgery is complete, the chin will be bandaged for proper healing and protection. Most patients can comfortably go home on the same day and are cared for by family. Pain is not common after surgery. Instead, some patients describe a tightness or numbness along the chin and lower lip. You will be given specific instructions that discuss how to care for the surgical site, which medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, and any post-operative symptoms to watch for.
Recovery: 1 to 2 weeks, on average. The bandages placed after the surgery will be removed during a follow-up appointment. Post-procedure instructions typically include plenty of rest, fluids, and avoiding any sort of trauma to the chin. Dr. Antunes will see you several times during the first 2 weeks after surgery, and you’ll always have direct access to him. During the initial recovery period, you’ll likely have many questions. Having a series of appointments set up in advance eases anxiety about the recovery process. Dr. Antunes’ core objective is to provide a safe, comfortable surgical experience that creates your desired results.
- Day 3 to 5: Bandage removal
- Day 7: Suture removal
- 1 to 2 weeks: Return to work and social activities
- 2 to 3 weeks: Return to exercise
- 4 to 6 weeks: 75% healed
- 6 months: 100% healed