Strengthening Your Chin

Strengthening Your Chin | Elite Plastic SurgeryKirk Douglas should have been a superhero — The Incredible Chin. Compared with the definition and strength of that chin, the rest of humanity comes up short. Whether you’re a guy and want a stronger chin, or whether you’re a woman and seek a tighter profile, chin augmentation with the team at Elite could be a great procedure.

Who needs a new chin?

The chin can be an area of the face that is less than adored. Our chin can be weak, lacking definition, and without much projection. Some people even see their chin as receding. Chin surgery is usually used for augmentation but it can also reduce a chin that is overly large or protrudes too much.

What’s the procedure?

Our surgeons have two choices for the incision location to insert the implant(s). One location is under the chin (submental), the other inside the mouth (intraoral). Implants come in different shapes and are usually made of silicone or polyethylene. To hold the implant, we make a pocket in the connective tissue inside the chin, being careful to avoid the major nerve in the area. The procedure is pretty straightforward, taking just 30 to 45 minutes.

Without the use of prosthetics, we can also change the chin shape with what is known as genioplasty, a repositioning of the chin bones to achieve the desired projection or to reduce size.

Temporary chin augmentation can also be achieved with dermal fillers, particularly Perlane and Restylane. Unlike implants, fillers provide only temporary results as the body absorbs the filler material over time. Still, fillers can be a great way for a patient to “demo” a new chin before opting to have the permanent solution of implants.


As you would assume, your results are immediate. Patients typically feel a slight numbness in the chin and the lips, as well as swelling and bruising in the area after the procedure. This passes in a few days. Most patients can return to work and day-to-day activities in a week or so. Full healing will take weeks.

Want an Incredible Chin? Call the team at Elite, 616-459-1907, and set up a consultation for chin augmentation.

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