What are the two types of chin augmentation and which is best for me?

The decision to pursue cosmetic surgery can be challenging enough; not knowing exactly which type of procedure is best for you makes the process even more complicated. If you’ve been curious about the types of chin augmentation, specifically implant vs bone augmentation, we’ll take you through the differences and help you determine which is the best option for you. 

Chin up: choosing the right type of chin augmentation

Chin augmentation can be achieved through either implant placement or bone alteration. Each method has its own advantages and considerations, and the choice between them depends on your individual goals, anatomy, and preferences. 

Let’s take a look at a brief overview of each one… 

Chin Implant (Augmentation with Implant)

This method involves the surgical placement of a silicone or other biocompatible implant in front of the chin bone. The implant is customized to your desired shape and size, and it is inserted through a small incision either under the chin or inside the mouth.

The pros of chin augmentation with implant:

  • It is a less invasive procedure compared to bone alteration.
  • Customizable in terms of shape and size.
  • Typically, less postoperative swelling and shorter recovery time.

Things to consider about chin augmentation with implant:

  • The implant may need to be replaced or adjusted over time.
  • There is a risk of infection or implant displacement.
  • Scarring may be visible if the incision is made under the chin.

Chin Augmentation via Bone Alteration 

Also known as genioplasty, in this procedure, your surgeon will reshape or move your own chin bone to achieve the desired augmentation. Perhaps not surprisingly, this procedure is more complex and invasive than implant placement.

The advantages of augmentation via bone alteration:

  • Permanent and long-lasting results.
  • More natural look and feel, as it uses your own bone.

Things to consider about chin augmentation via bone alteration: 

  • It’s a more involved surgical procedure, often requiring general anesthesia.
  • Recovery time may be longer, and there is typically more post-operative swelling and discomfort.
  • The procedure may carry a higher risk of complications, given its complexity.

How to choose between the two types of chin augmentation

Like any decision, the choice between these two types of chin augmentation is determined by your desired results. In other words, if you want a permanent solution with a more natural look, bone alteration might be preferred. If you want a quicker and less invasive option, an implant might be more suitable.

Additional factors that will impact your decision, include:

  • Anatomy: Your current chin shape and bone structure will influence the suitability of either method. For instance, genioplasty is often a better choice for individuals with specific structural issues that need correction.
  • Risk tolerance: Given that genioplasty is a more invasive procedure with higher associated risks, you should need to weigh your tolerance and comfort level with these risks. 
  • Recovery time: Check out your calendar and any major commitments or events on the horizon. If you need a faster recovery, chin augmentation with an implant may be the better option.

As with any cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery, the best way to determine which options is right for you requires the professional evaluation of a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Sterling. If you’re seriously considering chin augmentation, contact our office to schedule your consultation!


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