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Chin Augmentation Specialist

Koch Facial Plastic Surgery

R. James Koch, M.D.

Facial Plastic Surgeon located in San Mateo, CA

Chin augmentation can improve the shape and size of your chin to give you a more pleasing appearance. At Koch Facial Plastic Surgery in San Mateo, California, R. James Koch, MD, specializes in performing aesthetic procedures like chin augmentation using the latest techniques. Find out how you could benefit from Dr. Koch's exceptional skill and experience by calling his office to schedule a consultation or booking an appointment online today.

Chin Augmentation Q & A

What is chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation is a cosmetic procedure for reshaping your chin. It can enhance your face by improving the proportions, which boosts your self-esteem and gives you more confidence.

This procedure can often complement rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), as the size of your chin can affect the way you see your nose.

Dr. Koch uses silicone implants in chin augmentation; he may perform facial fat transfer if appropriate. It’s also possible to move some of your jawbone to augment your chin, which is known as mentoplasty or genioplasty, and use an add FDA-approved gel filler in some cases for a less permanent effect. 

Is chin augmentation right for me?

You're likely to be a good candidate for chin augmentation at Koch Facial Plastic Surgery if you feel unhappy with your chin because it's too small or undefined, and these feelings affect your day-to-day life.

You need to be largely fit and healthy, your weight must be stable, and you should be a nonsmoker to undergo cosmetic surgery. It's also important to be aware of your motivation for having chin augmentation surgery – it should be something you want to do for yourself and not result from social pressures to conform to a so-called ideal.

It’s also vital to have sensible expectations of what chin augmentation can do for you, so have a look at plenty of before and after photos of patients who've undergone the procedure.

What happens when I have chin augmentation surgery?

Before your chin augmentation surgery, you receive a local anesthetic, IV (intravenous) sedation, or a general anesthetic that puts you to sleep. 

The choice of anesthesia depends on your needs and circumstances, but Dr. Koch performs many in-office procedures under twilight sedation. With this method, you undergo your chin augmentation without the need for an IV or a riskier general anesthetic.

The most common approach to chin augmentation surgery is to use silicone implants. Dr. Koch makes a small incision inside your mouth or in the skin beneath your chin and places the implant against the bone. When the implant is in the right position, Dr. Koch closes the incision with sutures.

How long does it take to recover from chin augmentation?

Recovery times after chin augmentation vary between patients, but you should be back at work within a week. You probably have some mild swelling for a few days, and you need to follow Dr. Koch's instructions on caring for the wound to optimize healing.

If you're dissatisfied with the size or shape of your chin, talk to Dr. Koch about chin augmentation surgery to find out how he can help. Call Koch Facial Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.