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Chin Augmentation / Reduction

Every facial feature plays a part in your overall appearance. When one characteristic of the face is too large, too small, or needs some improvement, it can throw off the entire facial balance. Among the features of the face that clearly define the appearance is the chin. Chin augmentation/reduction is an ideal solution for creating a more flattering appearance by altering the projection or width of the chin.

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Achieved With Chin Augmentation/Reduction

Strong Chin and Jawline

The chin is often overlooked when examining the face; however, altering it can be the simplest method for achieving a graceful facial balance. Chin augmentation or reduction can create the appearance of a more balanced chin or jawline that delicately reshapes and creates an overall satisfying bone structure with a better aesthetic balance.

Improved Facial Harmony

A chin that is too large or that is recessed may distract from the other facial characteristics or create the appearance of oversized facial features, such as an enlarged nose. Dr. Pontell understands the delicate balance of the facial features and will create a chin that doesn’t stand out but rather that blends in with the entire face. Patients can expect beautiful results with their newly improved facial harmony.

Regained Confidence

Since the face isn’t something a person can hide or cover up easily, when someone has a receding chin or an enlarged chin, it can cause them to become insecure about their facial appearance. Once Dr. Pontell employs his surgical skill and experience, he can produce a defined chin that balances and complements the contours and size of the other facial features. Patients are happy with the transformation chin augmentation or chin reduction can provide, which helps them regain their confidence.

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What Does a Chin Augmentation/Reduction Entail?


Before your procedure, you will meet with Dr. Pontell to discuss your goals and concerns, and he will assess your facial anatomy. He will examine your chin features and help you decide if chin augmentation or reduction will help you achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result. Dr. Pontell may recommend combining one or more procedures with your chin enhancement surgery, such as rhinoplasty, facelift surgery, or blepharoplasty, to create balanced facial proportions. Patients can explore our before and after photo gallery of facial enhancement procedures to get an idea of the possible results. Dr. Pontell will use computer imaging to show patients their potential results and if chin augmentation or reduction will help them achieve their surgical goals.


Chin augmentation is performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. During the chin augmentation procedure, an incision is made underneath the chin. Chin implants come in all different shapes and sizes to meet each patient’s needs, and Dr. Pontell often customizes them for each individual patient. Once the implant is sewn in place, the incision is closed with sutures.

Chin reduction is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. During chin reduction surgery, an incision is made on the underside of the chin. Through the incision, Dr. Pontell will reshape and remove some of the bone structure to create the desired chin shape. Once this is complete, the incision is closed using sutures.


Patients should arrange for a designated driver to take them to and from surgery. It is recommended that patients sleep in an elevated position for at least one week, and they may be restricted to a soft food diet for 10 days. Sutures are removed in nine days. The entire recovery process lasts about two weeks, after which exercise can be resumed.


Chin augmentation/reduction requires relatively small incisions that are placed in inconspicuous areas and should be barely noticeable once healed.


Patients may experience some pain and discomfort but not severe pain. Prescription medications and regular TYLENOL® can also be taken throughout the recovery process.

What if a Revision Chin Augmentation/Reduction Is Necessary?

Dr. Pontell has seen many patients who have undergone a chin augmentation/reduction with another doctor and were not pleased with the final results. It is important that a patient waits at least six months to one year before undergoing a chin augmentation revision; this will ensure the surgical wounds are fully healed and that the final results of their primary surgery are apparent.


  • Who is the best candidate for a chin augmentation/reduction?

    Patients who have a receding chin or a protruding chin may be good candidates for chin augmentation/reduction. It is important that patients are in good health, do not have any serious medical complications, and have realistic expectations. It is also recommended that patients quit smoking for at least four weeks before and four weeks after surgery to ensure a safer and more comfortable healing process.

  • How long will my chin augmentation/reduction results last?

    The results of chin augmentation/reduction are permanent. However, the procedure does not halt the aging process. Patients should follow a proper skin care regimen and regular diet and exercise plan to maintain the best outcome possible.

  • Will I still look like myself after chin augmentation/reduction?

    The goal of chin augmentation/reduction is not to make someone seem like an entirely different person. Rather, the procedure is designed to enhance a person’s appearance by making changes that complement the entire facial structure and balance. Patients will look like a more balanced version of themselves with improved facial harmony.

  • Will I have to stay overnight for my surgery?

    Patients can return home following their procedure. It is recommended to have someone stay with and care for them for at least the first 24 hours.

  • What are the risks and complications associated with chin augmentation?

    As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks and complications associated with chin augmentation/reduction. Some of these may include:

    • Anesthesia risks
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Scarring
    • Allergic reactions
    • Damage to the underlying nerves

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