About Chin Augmentation
Chin augmentation is a popular cosmetic treatment that reshapes the chin for patients with a recessed chin, or one they feel is too large. Often when a chin is too small, it can create an undefined profile. Both surgical and nonsurgical chin augmentation can be performed to enhance your chin. One of the most effective procedures uses an implant to create a more prominent jawline and a more appealing profile. In Houston, TX, board-certified surgeon Dr. Derek Lou offers various options to consider for your chin augmentation. In addition to implants, which are manufactured in numerous sizes and shapes, noninvasive treatments, such as fillers or Kybella, can help add contour. For oversized chins, genioplasty might be an option. This surgery at Lou Plastic Surgery removes bone and cartilage to reduce your chin and jaw to a smaller size.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
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Chin augmentation is a treatment for men, as well as women. If you are unhappy with the shape and appearance of your chin and do not like the undefined profile it offers, chin augmentation can improve the lower portion of your face. It's also fairly common for our patients to combine rhinoplasty along with their chin augmentation procedure. This combined approach offers great reassurance for the prominent structures of your face to be proportionate and balanced.
During chin augmentation, general anesthesia will be administered, or IV sedation in some cases. The incision is placed under your chin. In this incision, a surgical pocket is formed to keep the implant device in its proper place, which involves shaving some of the bone to create grooves to securely hold your implant in position. The chin implant is placed through the incision and positioned on top of the bone, below your lower lip. Sometimes, the incision can be created inside the lip where it connects to your gumline. Both incision points help to conceal scars. Tiny sutures are used to safely close the incisions, and your lower face will be wrapped with bandages.
What to Expect
Aesthetic chin augmentation produces immediate gratifying results, which can be pretty exciting for our patients. Even though facial swelling and discoloration will be present right after your surgery, this is temporary. In most cases, chin augmentation takes about two weeks of healing. Strenuous activity should not be performed during this time period. This particular surgery has extremely high success rates and by having it under the hands of a trained surgeon, like Dr. Lou, your outcome will be natural and proportionate.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does chin augmentation cost?
Dr. Lou can begin to estimate your costs for chin augmentation in your initial consultation as soon as your surgical plan is formed. Your cost will be based on the size and type of chin implant you select, as well as facility, anesthesia, and surgical fees. A surgery, like a chin implant, can produce great, long-lasting results so it is smart to concentrate on finding a doctor you trust who has proven results and years of experience, like Dr. Lou, rather than the lowest cost. Lou Plastic Surgery takes several payments and we will give you information on low-interest medical financing, which can make your chin surgery easier to afford.
Will augmentation fix my double chin?
A chin implant is meant to give you a stronger, sharper look to your lower face. If you have a double chin, you might prefer neck liposuction to have the excess fat in your submental area (the upper neck below the jawline) removed. Occasionally, neck liposuction on its own can give you a better jawline and appearance without needing to have an implant procedure. Dr. Lou will discuss your choices and his suggestions in your first appointment.
Can I combine other facial surgeries with chin augmentation?
Many people get a chin implant along with another facial surgery, such as cheek implants or nose reshaping surgery. Dr. Lou can help you choose the procedures that are best for your concerns and goals during your initial consultation. It might be challenging to decide by yourself what procedure(s) might be best for you, which is why a consultation with Dr. Lou is so crucial. He will use his years of experience and eye for aesthetically pleasing results to help you develop your treatment plan.
Are there nonsurgical procedures to improve my chin?
If you have stubborn fat in your upper neck that causes a double chin, Kybella may be a nonsurgical option to improve your chin. Kybella has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to eliminate fat in your upper neck (the submental area). This might be all you need or Kybella might be performed along with chin surgery to deliver your optimal results. Tell Dr. Lou in your initial consultation so he can explain all your choices and choose what's best for your goals.
What's the difference between mentoplasty and genioplasty?
Mentoplasty is a procedure that adds fullness and shape to your chin. On the other hand, genioplasty is a procedure that reconstructs the chin bone. Based on the state of your chin and your cosmetic goals, you might require both surgeries or just one. A genioplasty, in addition to being a cosmetic procedure, may also be performed to improve medical concerns, like your dental bite. Dr. Lou can help you choose whether to get chin augmentation (mentoplasty), genioplasty, or both.
Redefine Your Profile
Chin reduction or augmentation surgery continues to be very beneficial to many Houston, TX patients of Lou Plastic Surgery. This surgery creates harmony within the lower face, refining your facial features. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your jawline and you feel it is the wrong size and shape, chin augmentation can create the look you desire. Please call Lou Plastic Surgery and schedule your consult with Dr. Derek Lou to hear more about your options.