The harmony of facial features depends greatly on the chin’s appearance. Under-projected chins or chins that appear too small can make a person’s nose seem disproportionately large and can create a blunted appearance in relation to the angle of the neck. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Boggess offers chin implant surgery, also called chin augmentation, at his Nashville practice to help patients from Brentwood, Memphis, and Knoxville, TN, as well as Huntsville, AL, achieve facial harmony and an improved profile.
Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that adds definition to the chin with a pliable synthetic implant placed behind the lower lip.
How Is Chin Augmentation Performed?
Dr. Boggess augments chins with synthetic implants that can be customized based on each patient’s needs. These implants are made of synthetic material that feels much like natural tissue normally found in the chin. He typically performs these procedures using a local anesthetic and light sedation. Once the area is numb, Dr. Boggess either makes incisions inside the mouth where the gum and lower lip meet or in the natural crease just under the chin. Incisions inside the mouth leave no external scars, but an incision under the chin is barely perceptible.
He then inserts the implant through the incisions and positions it so it creates a natural-looking result. Chin augmentation surgery typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes and most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a week.
It’s fairly common to combine chin augmentation with other procedures to create a balanced, harmonious appearance. As a facial plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Boggess uses his expertise during the consultation to assess the face as a whole and determine which procedure can produce the best outcome. Buccal fat removal can reduce fullness in the cheeks. In many cases, Nashville chin augmentation patients can benefit from a neck lift or limited facelift to improve the contour of the neck and jaw.
By focusing exclusively on facial procedures, Dr. Boggess provides patients a level of expertise rarely found at other plastic surgery practices in the Southeast. Certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Boggess combines exceptional technical skill with a down-to-earth demeanor that puts patients at ease from the moment they meet him.
The recovery following chin augmentation surgery typically lasts about 1 week. You’ll need to limit chewing and follow a liquid and soft food diet for a few days. You might also notice a stretched or tight sensation during the first several days, but this is temporary.
What’s Nonsurgical Chin Augmentation?
Dermal fillers can be injected into the chin area to reshape the chin and increase its size. The results are temporary, so injections must be repeated to maintain the improvements. A chin implant lasts indefinitely and costs less in the long run because the procedure is only performed once.
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How long will it take for my chin implant to settle?
It typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for tissues to heal, swelling to subside completely, and final results to be achieved.
Will chin augmentation surgery improve my jawline?
Yes, chin augmentation can improve the shape and appearance of your jawline as it gives definition and balance to your lower face.
Will my chin augmentation results last forever?
Once you are healed, you can expect your chin augmentation results to be long-lasting.
Is chin implant surgery painful?
You can expect some tenderness after surgery. Most patients can effectively manage any discomfort with prescription pain medication for about a week.
What if I want to remove my implant someday?
If you change your mind at some point, Dr. Boggess can remove your chin implant in a simple office procedure using a local anesthetic. Most patients choose to leave their implant in place and enjoy a more defined profile for a lifetime.
Does a chin implant leave a scar?
When an implant is placed through an incision within the mouth, there is no visible scar. When using an incision under the chin, Dr. Boggess conceals it within a natural crease where the thin scar is typically not noticeable.
Start With a Consultation
The first step in learning about what Dr. Boggess can do for you is scheduling a personal consultation. Dr. Boggess is known for taking whatever time is needed to learn about your concerns and expectations and to recommend the procedure or procedures best suited to produce the desired results. You can request a consultation using the online form or call our office at
(615) 942-8016 to schedule an appointment.