Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty)

About Chin Augmentation

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Juris Bunkis performs chin augmentation surgery at Orange County Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA to contour the chin to a more desirable profile. A chin that is too short or too large can cause the face to look disproportionate, which can cause much insecurity. However, with chin augmentation, your chin can be transformed with implants or microfat grafting to achieve the look you want most. Since every patient is unique, Dr. Bunkis will sit down with you in a private consultation to examine your chin and listen to all your aesthetic concerns and goals. Dr. Bunkis can also discuss the other cosmetic treatments that can be combined or performed at a later time to further improve your look. Such treatments might include nose surgery or a facelift.

Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for chin augmentation surgery:
  • Have a weak or short chin due to genetics or trauma
  • Have a nose that appears too large
  • Want a more proportionate look for facial balance
  • Want a more distinctive profile

What to Expect

A patient will be under deep sedation during chin surgery, which is performed as an outpatient procedure at Orange County Surgery Center.The plastic surgeon will make a small incision on either inside of the mouth or under the chin. An implant, which is made of biocompatible, medical-grade materials, will be placed carefully into the incision. After the implant is placed, the incision will be closed. If the incision was made in the mouth, the patient will have no visible scarring. For incisions under the chin, the scar will be carefully hidden to avoid detection. The entire surgery takes around 1 hour to complete.

Anticipated Results

Right after chin augmentation surgery, a dressing will be applied to the chin where it should remain for 3 – 4 days. Patients can expect some pain, tenderness, and swelling. Also, patients can experience a tight, stretched sensation following surgery. These symptoms usually go away in about one week. After the swelling subsides in a few weeks, patients will be able to see the results of their surgery. The implant will look and feel like normal bone. More importantly, the implant will have the consistency of a patient’s natural tissue to make it appear more natural.


A short chin not only makes your profile look weak but can also make your nose appear to be large and disproportionate. While some patients think they need a nose job, they may only need chin augmentation surgery to achieve full facial harmony and symmetry. If you want to find out if this surgery is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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