Chin augmentation is, without a doubt, one of the most sought-after facial plastic surgical procedures across North America. Patients who are wholly dissatisfied with their facial structure often look for different methods of improving their looks. After all, one of the main goals of facial plastic surgery is to achieve a well-defined and balanced structure in the face. Believe it or not, the chin is one of the main features that can either have a seriously positive or negative impact on your facial harmony. If the chin is disproportionately situated or withdrawn, it can throw off the entire synergy of your facial structure and make your other features like your nose and upper lip look as if they’re protruding even further outward than they actually are. Luckily, this type of facial asymmetry can easily be corrected with chin implants or other augmentation procedures.

Male vs. Female Chin Implant Preferences

Generally speaking, men and women tend to have different end goals in mind when it comes to undergoing various facial plastic surgery procedures. Men are typically much more inclined to request stronger and defined jawlines with a chiseled chin. Women, on the other hand, tend to steer toward the opposite direction by asking for softer features that are traditionally equated a more feminine appearance.

At the end of the day, the main takeaway from any form of facial plastic surgery is that it’s impossible to achieve identical results for two different people, whether they’re male or female. The results of the surgery usually depend on the existing facial structure and how much it can be contoured or manipulated. As long as you’re able to clearly articulate exactly what you’re hoping to achieve with your chin augmentation and you’ve hired a skilled facial plastic surgeon to perform the procedure, then there’s no reason why you can’t achieve perfect harmony for your particular face.

When Should You Consider a Chin Augmentation?

Ultimately, there’s no standard “right time” to start thinking about altering or making improvements to the appearance of your face. It all depends on your perception, your confidence level, and what you can afford to have done at any given time in your life. All of these factors must come together in perfect harmony for you to finally take the leap and go through with a chin augmentation. Whether you’re in need of weak chin repair or simply want to reshape your chin to add definition and make it more pronounced to match your other facial features, these are all considerations you must make before coming to your final decision. A vital mitigating factor throughout this decision-making process is your overall goals with this procedure. You must ask yourself what exactly you’re hoping to achieve and how realistic these priorities are. Once you’ve come up with a viable list of prospective goals for your appearance, you can consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon regarding your preferences and they’ll be able to determine whether or not they’re doable in your case.

Here are a few suggestions to help get you started:

  • If you’re a man, one of your goals might be to establish a more chiseled and masculine jawline.
  • If you’re a woman, then you might opt to soften your visage a little, which can be done by injecting fat from your own body into your chin to change its shape a little.
  • People of both genders might want to consider correcting the appearance of a double chin by extracting or manipulating the fat cells in the lower half of the face. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to be overweight to have excess fat cells situated in your chin. Sometimes, it depends on your genetic makeup and whether or not you have weak bone structure in the lower half of your face. Luckily, this can easily be corrected with a simple one-hour chin augmentation procedure or fat transfer.
  • If you want to make your chin appear more round or angular, then a chin implants might be the right surgical option for you. Other options include injectables, but that’s only a temporary fix as you’d have to have them done at least once or twice a year on a regular basis. Chin implants can be placed once and then you never have to worry about them again.
  • Restoring or gaining facial balance and proportion is one of the top reasons that people consider getting a chin augmentation. If you look in the mirror and are unhappy with the shape or placement of your chin and jawline, then this could be the right procedure for you. To add further symmetry to your face, you might even want to consider getting a chin augmentation in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures such as Botox or a brow lift. Your facial plastic surgeon can make recommendations and discuss all your options with you in full detail during your initial consultation.
  • Weak chin repair can help enhance your overall facial structure while creating a much stronger and proportionate jawline.

Recovery Time for a Chin Augmentation

The recovery time for a chin augmentation is fairly short and reasonable. Most patients typically take a week off of work to recover. During this time, it’s recommended that you switch to eating soft foods in order to allow the new structure of your chin to be set in place. Among other special instructions, your facial plastic surgeon will recommend that you only wear button down tops that are easily removable. They’ll also prescribe you with a list of painkillers with instructions on when and how to take them. Most people are able to have their sutures removed by day five and return to work the following week, although you’ll have to refrain from engaging in most strenuous physical activities such as contact sports for at least four to six weeks.

Dr. Andres Gantous at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery is one of the top facial plastic surgeons around the world and one of his specialties is chin augmentation. He’s written numerous reports on the topic and spoken at various national and international symposiums regarding his revolutionary incision-less technique. Book a preliminary consultation at our state-of-the-art clinic today to learn more!