When it comes to achieving a defined jawline, most people will think about makeup contouring, dermal fillers, fat reduction treatments, and even nonsurgical skin tightening. While these methods can be beneficial, few can rival the impact of chin augmentation surgery.
Chin augmentation balances the two components of facial harmony: proportion and projection. A weak chin that recedes toward the neck, for example, may make a person’s nose jut out too far in comparison, while a chin that is too small creates a visual imbalance with the rest of the face.
This lack of harmony further affects how old or young you look. While many facial cosmetic surgery patients desire a more youthful look, an underdeveloped chin can give someone a childlike appearance. Conversely, a chin that sags into the neck can make a person look much older than they are.
First, we will cover the basics of chin augmentation before discussing how it can be combined with other procedures to maximize your results.
What Is Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses silicone implants to enhance the size and projection of the chin and jawline. Your board-certified facial plastic surgeon will carefully position the implant over the chin bone via a small incision below the chin.
For mandible implants, the incisions will be hidden inside the mouth, allowing your surgeon to pad both sides of your mandible (lower jawbone) for optimal jawline contouring.
Most chin augmentation patients return to work or school within a couple of days. However, getting mandible implants or combining chin augmentation with other procedures may increase postoperative downtime to 1 to 2 weeks.
Enhancing Your Chin Augmentation Results With Other Procedures
Although chin augmentation can be performed independently, many patients find that including additional cosmetic procedures helps them achieve their aesthetic goals more fully. Some of the most popular selections include:
- Liposuction – Dr. Ladner commonly uses liposuction as part of his chin augmentation surgeries to remove excess fat beneath the chin and create a greater definition between the jawline and neck.
- Buccal Fat Removal – Dr. Ladner may remove the fat pads within the cheeks (buccal fat) to create a slimmer facial profile. This procedure can also make patients appear more age-appropriate if the buccal fat was contributing to a “baby-faced” look.
- Neck Lift – Formally called “platysmaplasty,” a neck lift creates a more youthful angle between the chin and neck by tightening the skin and addressing the vertical “banding” of the neck.
- Rhinoplasty –Augmenting the chin and jawline can bring a patient’s features into proportion, but sometimes, a change to the nose’s size, shape, and projection can be just as crucial for maintaining this balance.
Your Journey to a Better Jawline
As we cover in our related blog post, chin and mandible implants can transform a patient’s face, restore facial harmony, and renew their self-confidence. Sound too good to be true? Check out the results for yourself with our gallery of before and after photos! If you are ready to take the next step toward defining your jawline with chin augmentation, please request a consultation or call us at (303) 253-7686.