Chin augmentation

The Procedure

A receding chin may be augmented either by inserting an implant (mentoplasty) or, if severe, by fracturing the jaw bone and re-aligning it (genioplasty). This is usually performed in conjunction with nose reshaping to produce a more balanced, symmetrical profile.

An implant is usually made of silicone or Gore-tex, but your own tissue can be used if you wish. It is inserted through a small incision under the chin and fits into a precise pocket which is closed with fine stitches.

The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthetic.

I do not undertake procedures to fracture the jaw bone, but if required, I have a close working relationship with a maxillofacial surgeon who performs this procedure regularly.

Any stitches are removed after 5 days.

Post-operative care

In order for you to achieve the best result from your surgery, it is important to have post operative follow up.


This is rare and direct pressure will usually resolve it.


This usually lasts for up to 10 days and the chin may feel stiff when moving. Formation of a haematoma (blood clot) or infection will also cause the area to swell but it will be tender and inflamed. Please call the hospital if this occurs.


This is common but usually resolves.

Movement, asymmetry or extrusion (implant working its way out)

These are uncommon but if they occur, the implant can be re-inserted.