Overview: Chin Augmentation

Seattle cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Craig Jonov, offers chin augmentation surgery for patients who desire a stronger jawline. Implants made of silicone, plastic, Gor-Tex or bone, can add sharp angles and a more contoured appearance for individuals that suffer from a weak jaw and small chin. Dr. Jonov offers numerous sizes and shapes depending on the individual aesthetic goals of the patient. In addition to chin augmentation with implants, some individuals may be candidates for genioplasty. This procedure, while a bit more complex, reshapes the chin by surgically repositioning the chin bone. Dr. Jonov will assess the chin and create a surgical plan that will produce the most optimal outcome.

The Chin Augmentation Surgical Technique

A common technique for this procedure uses a silicone implant that is moved through an incision made under the chin. The implant is then placed directly over the bone along the lower jaw. Dr. Jonov might construct a pocket to hold it, which may involve shaving the jawbone to help fit the implant in place. He will use surgical sutures to attach the implant to the chin bone. Immediately after surgery, the surgeon will apply medical tape or a compression dressing to help protect the implant while the jaw recovers.

A Before photo of a Chin Augmentation Plastic Surgery by Dr. Craig Jonov


An After photo of a Chin Augmentation Plastic Surgery by Dr. Craig Jonov


Questions about Chin Augmentation

What About a Double Chin?

Chin implants are designed to offer patients a sharper, stronger look to their jaw line. Those who have a “double chin” may be better candidates for a liposuction procedure where the fat within the chin and neck is removed. Sometimes this technique alone creates a new profile and look without needing an implant procedure.

Will Sensation Return?

Following chin augmentation surgery, patients often experience numbness and a change in skin sensation. As the implant gets used to its new habitat, nearby tissue and jaw line structures will get used to having it there. Several weeks after surgery, this heightened sensation begins to subside and, over time, normal sensitivity will gradually reappear. It may take up to a full year for patients to regain full sensitivity.

Visible Scars?

Scarring is minimal with chin augmentation surgery because Dr. Jonov places the incision either on the inside of the mouth, where it is completely hidden, or under the chin. Even the incision under the chin is barely visible during social situations.

What About Genioplasty?

In addition to chin augmentation with implants, some individuals may be suitable candidates for genioplasty. This is a procedure that reshapes the chin by surgically repositioning the chin bone. This procedure is more complex than implants alone and is sometimes considered a reconstructive surgery. In some cases, we perform genioplasty in combination with neck liposuction and chin implants.

During/After Chin Augmentation Surgery

Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure. We perform this surgery on patients under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility.  The entire surgery typically takes about an hour, but it could take longer depending on the technique used. Recovery from this surgery usually takes about 4-6 weeks.  During this time, the swelling, discomfort and numbness that occurs in the chin and lower lip will gradually improve.  Most patients are pleased with their results and feel that they have a stronger, more defined profile because of the surgery.

Average Cost

$3,200 – $4,075

Recovery Time

4-6 Weeks

Average Procedure Time

1-2 Hours


Lynnwood, Kirkland & Bellevue, WA

They answered all my questions before and after my surgery. It has only been two weeks since my Chin Augmentation and I am very happy with my results so far. They listened to my concerns and did everything they could to help with it the process from beginning to end. Everything has been great! Big thanks to everyone in the office that has been involved in my process.

KevinThese guys are the best!

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To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jonov or with questions Chin Augmentation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery serving Kirkland, Bellevue & Lynnwood, WA.

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