About Chin Augmentation
Chin enhancement surgery (or chin augmentation) is a highly sought-after cosmetic treatment that improves the look of the jawline and chin for patients with a recessive chin, or one they feel is overbearing. Often when a chin lacks shape and size, it can create an unappealing profile. A number of techniques can be performed to highlight your chin, and one of the most common procedures is inserting an implant to reconstruct a more prominent jawline and a more appealing profile. In Santa Rosa, CA, plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas offer many cosmetic improvements to consider for your chin enhancement. In addition to implants, which are made in various sizes and shapes, less invasive augmentations, such as a fat transfer or Kybella, can help add contour. For prominent chins, genioplasty might be an option. This reconstructive surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa removes bone and cartilage to recontour your chin and jaw to a more balanced look.
"I’m beyond happy with my experience with Dr. Canales and the staff as Plastic Surgery Associates. I inquired about a procedure (augmentation) soon after their reopening during the pandemic and got nothing short of amazing service. Right away I had Lisa reach out to me and answered everyone of my many questions. She was so helpful and I felt like she really cared and wanted to make the process as easy as possible. Due to Covid, I had a virtual consultation with Dr. Canales to get the ball rolling. It wasn’t just a get on and get off call, he wanted to know details to ensure I was going to get the desired results. Once the decision was made, the staff there (Kelsey, Lisa and Wendy) we’re providing me with all the documentation needed, reaching out to me via phone and their online Klara portal. If I ever had a question, they responded immediately without frustration. They constantly reminded me they want to provide me with the best experience. On surgery day, I felt like I was apart of the family not just a patient. Dr. Canales and my anesthesiologist and those assisting made me feel so at home and not nervous at all. Post surgery, I could not put into words how ecstatic I am with my results. I never imagined my augmentation would look and feel so natural. They are honestly perfect and it’s thanks to the team helping me decide which options would be best. Huge thank you to the team for performing a life changing procedure and treating me with such care along the way!"- R.S. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2020
"I am 48 years old and breast fed both my children for 24 months. I am also a runner and all I can say is that my breasts looked awful. I contacted Plastic Surgery Associates about a breast aug and from start to finish they were so professional and soothing to me. My breasts are incredible and to be honest..... I did not feel much pain after surgery. I have healed fast and now I am running again and feeling more fit than ever."- C.C. / Facebook / Mar 06, 2020
"I can't say enough nice things about my experience at PSA of Santa Rosa. I have wanted to have a breast reduction since my early 20's, but was nervous about having the surgery. I'm now 55 and decided I was ready to do it! I heard great things about PSA of SR and since this was my very first surgery I called for a consult. Everybody in the office was so nice and made me feel comfortable at every visit. I was very nervous the day of surgery, but the staff and Dr. Furnas were wonderful. The surgery went well and my recovery has been awesome! I thought for sure I would have to take pain pills after surgery but I never had to take a single one! And I am very happy with my breast reduction/lift results! I would highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa."- T.K. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"I had a full tummy tuck done with Dr Conales, if I could give more stars, I would. He and the entire team was so nice and kind from beginning to end. I'm almost 3 months post op and my results are incredible. Thank you guys so much!"- J.S. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2020
"Breast augmentation was something I'd always dreamed of but it also seemed so daunting! I barely had the guts to call Dr. Furnas's office. I was completely blown away at how open and caring they were, even on that first call, and especially the first visit. It was important that I felt safe, listened to, respected, and the whole team just went above and beyond it all. It was neat to find out Dr. Furnas is also an artist! If she had the eye to be an amazing artist then she would see every detail needed to do well with symmetry and surgery. It was also especially important that my plastic surgeon be a woman. Being unconscious for a surgery is scary, and it was a privilege to have an all female team. Surgery was January 2020 and the results are already beyond my very best expectations, I finally feel confident and free in my body. I can wear the tops I always wanted, no more crazy uncomfortable padded push up bras! Who knew silicone could make you feel MORE authentic?"- A.L. / Yelp / Feb 28, 2020
Chin augmentation is an aesthetic option for men, as well as women. If you are self-conscious because of the size and shape of your chin and do not like the undefined profile it offers, this cosmetic enhancement can improve the lower area of your face and neck. It's also fairly common for our patients to get a rhinoplasty when they have their chin augmentation procedure. This blend of treatments offers great reassurance for the prominent structures of your face to be in balance.
During this procedure, general anesthesia will be administered, or sedation by IV in some cases. The incision is carefully made just under your chin. In this incision, a pocket is made to keep the implant device in its proper place, which involves removing and shaving some of the bone and cartilage 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, directly below your lower lip. Sometimes the incision can be created inside the crease in the lower lip where it connects to your gumline. Regardless, both help to conceal scars. Thin sutures are used to connect and close the incisions, and your chin will be wrapped with bandages.
If you decide on a fat transfer for your augmentation, then the fat will be extracted from an area, such as the thighs or abdomen, purified, then injected into the chin to create your desired shape. It's important to note that with this method, there will be two places that need healing: the injection sites and the area where fat was extracted.
What to Expect
Chin enhancement treatment creates immediate visible results, which can be pretty exciting for our patients. Even though redness, swelling, and discoloration will be present after your surgery, this only lasts a short while. For many, chin augmentation takes about 1 – 3 weeks of healing. Heavy exercise should not be performed while in this recovery window. This particular surgery has historically high success rates and by having it under the hands of a talented surgeon, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, your outcome will be proportionate and refined.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does chin augmentation cost?
Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can begin to estimate your costs for a chin implant in your initial consultation as soon as your surgical plan is created. Your cost will be based on the size and type of chin implant you select along with surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees. A surgery, like a chin implant, can produce wonderful, long-lasting results so it is important to concentrate on finding a plastic surgeon you trust who has proven results and years of experience, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, rather than the lowest cost. Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa takes several payments, and we will give you information on low-interest financing, which can make your surgery more affordable.
Will augmentation fix my double chin?
Surgical chin augmentation is meant to give you a stronger, sharper look to your lower face. If you want to address a double chin, you might prefer neck liposuction to have the excess fat in your submental area (the upper neck below the jawline) corrected. Occasionally, neck liposuction on its own can give you a better jawline and appearance without chin augmentation surgery. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will go over your choices and their 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. Our plastic surgeons can help you choose the procedures to match your concerns and wants in your initial consultation. It might be challenging to decide by yourself what procedure(s) might be best for you, which is why your consultation with our team is crucial. Our plastic surgeons will use their years of experience to help you create your custom plan.
Are there nonsurgical procedures to improve my chin?
To correct stubborn fat in your neck that can cause a double chin, Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment that is very effective. 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. Canales or Dr. Furnas in your initial consultation so they can review your choices and choose what's best to fit your goals.
What's the difference between mentoplasty and genioplasty?
Chin augmentation surgery, also called mentoplasty, is a procedure that builds fullness to your chin. On the other hand, genioplasty is a procedure to rebuild the chin bone. Based on the state of your chin, plus your cosmetic goals, you might require both surgeries or one. A genioplasty, in addition to being a cosmetic procedure, may also be performed to improve medical concerns, like your dental bite. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can help you choose whether to get a genioplasty, mentoplasty, or both.
Redefine Your Profile
Cosmetic chin surgery continues to be very beneficial to so many Santa Rosa, CA patients of plastic surgeons Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas. Chin augmentation creates harmony and balanced definition, delicately recontouring your facial structure and look. If you do not like the appearance of your jawline and you feel it is recessed or too prominent, chin augmentation can offer the look you are wishing for. We welcome you to call Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa and schedule your consultation to hear more about your cosmetic surgery options.