Chin Augmentation Sydney - Surgery for a better facial contour and more defined chin

The shape of your chin plays a crucial role in your facial harmony. A chin that’s too small, recessive or too retracted may make your whole face look disproportionate and weak.

This is a condition known as retrognathism (receding chin). Its cosmetic effect is most apparent in your facial profile.

Chin augmentation surgery can help bring your chin forward and make it more prominent. It is a surgery that can change the width, height, projection, and shape of the chin to give your whole face more ideal cosmetic proportions. It helps define your facial contours.

Dr Maryam and Dr Hunt have extensive experience in chin and jaw reshaping surgery. They offer their patients in Sydney and Newcastle chin augmentation surgery with and without chin implants. With their experience, Dr Maryam and Dr Hunt have developed unique techniques to reshape the chin and jaw, augment the chin, and make the whole face more aesthetically pleasing.

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What is Chin Augmentation Surgery?

Chin augmentation surgery is a popular facial cosmetic procedure that can make the chin more prominent. It’s specifically designed to fix an under-projecting or underdeveloped chin, making it more defined and giving it more volume. Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, can be done with or without silicone chin implants.

Having a small or retracted chin can make your whole face look disproportionate. It can specifically make your nose look (relatively) bigger, even if it has a near-normal size and shape. Moreover, a recessed chin makes your chin fade into the neck, with no clearly defined angle between them. It gives an ill-defined appearance to the lower face and jaw.

Mentoplasty can help improve that. It can redefine the chin, enhance it, and give you a stronger more prominent jaw and chin line. It is not only a surgery that augments the chin. It can improve your whole facial appearance.

Chin augmentation surgery is considered a straightforward procedure, and it is peformed as an in-hospital procedure  with minimal downtime. You will be able to notice the dramatic enhancement in your chin projection and your whole appearance soon after surgery. The beauty and results of a genioplasty is, of course, dependent on the experience of your facial plastic surgeon.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Chin Augmentation Surgery?

You may be a good candidate for chin augmentation surgery if:

  • You have a retracted chin (recessed chin)
  • You have a small chin
  • You have a short chin
  • You have a narrow chin
  • Your chin fades into the neck (ill-defined chin and jawlines)
  • You’re not satisfied with your facial proportions
  • You feel like your nose is too big for your face

If these apply to you, then chin augmentation might be the logical next step. Mentoplasty is a highly customizable surgery that ultimately aims to give each patient the individual cosmetic outcomes they desire.

It can be adapted according to your facial proportions and desires to change the height, projection, width, and size of the chin.

Benefits of Chin Augmentation Surgery

Chin Augmentation or mentoplasty comes with many benefits and advantages. Chin augmentation can help

  • Make your chin more prominent
  • Give more definition to your lower face
  • Define the angle between your chin and neck
  • Bring your chin forward
  • Make your chin wider, longer, and rounder
  • Make your nose look relatively smaller
  • Improve your whole facial appearance (according to current beauty standards)
  • Make your lips appear more harmonious
  • Give your whole jaw and chin a strong well-defined contour, demarcating the lower edge of the face
  • Straightforward surgery – minimal downtime, local anaesthesia, no hospital stay

Although chin augmentation is relatively simple, it requires advanced skills to be done right. You can get the full benefit from genioplasty by choosing an experienced facial plastic surgeon. It’s not only about making your chin bigger – anyone can do that. A skilled surgeon takes your whole facial appearance into consideration. They enhance and reshape the chin to make your whole face look more beautiful and harmonious.

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How Is Chin Augmentation Surgery Done ?

Chin augmentation is usually done under general anaesthesia. This means that you will be fully asleep during the procedure and you will not feel any pain during mentoplasty. Mentoplasty is typically a day procedure that is usually done in a hospital. You may choose to stay overnight.

Your surgeon, Dr Maryam or Dr Hunt, will start by injecting a local anaesthetic using a needle directly into the chin. This numbs the area so that you don’t feel any pain. The incision is done just below your front incisor teeth (behind the lower lip), allowing your surgeon access to the chin bone. A surgical pocket is then created in front of the chin bone. Your surgeon will then do one or more of the following:

  • Insert a custom-fitted chin implant: a prosthetic chin implant, usually made of silicone and Gore-Tex is sometimes used to make the chin bigger and more prominent. These implants are very safe and durable. They come in various shapes to make your chin look exactly like you want it to look
  • Osteotomy and fixation: the chin can be augmented without implants by moving the whole chin bone forward. To do this, your surgeon will cut the chin bone below the incisor teeth and above the tip of the chin. The whole chin is then brought forward, and the bone is fixed with metallic plates and screws. The end result is a more projecting chin
  • Soft tissue manipulation: the overlying soft tissue is manipulated to be more relaxed and allow it to fit the newly enlarged chin (or chin implant) comfortably. It also allows your surgeon to contour the chin and shape it in a way that’s more proportional to your face

Chin augmentation is often combined with liposuction of the fat pad under the chin, to add maximal definition to the jawline. This will be done through an additional skin incision below the chin. Once the chin augmentation is done, you will be allowed to rest for some time before being discharged.

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Recovery after Mentoplasty

Recovery after chin surgery is generally regarded as tolerable, however, it does require a little planning ahead. You should expect to take 1 week off work after mentoplasty. During this time, you might experience some normal recovery symptoms such as swelling, bruising, and chin pain. You should stick to a soft or liquid diet after your chin augmentation surgery to reduce pain and allow the chin to heal. Brushing the teeth is recommended to keep the mouth clean, however, brush gently and with a soft toothbrush.

Most of the side effects of chin augmentation are usually gone by 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure. You should be mindful of what you eat and how much you stress your chin and jaw during the recovery time. Most patients can resume their normal diet and routines after 4-6 weeks of chin augmentation.

Chin Augmentation Surgery Sydney Costs - How much does chin augmentation surgery cost in Australia NSW? Prices & Fees

Determining the price of chin augmentation is a little bit complicated. The technique used for mentoplasty differs from one patient to another. You might need a chin implant while the next patient might need bone cutting and chin reshaping. Some might need both. The type of anesthesia, location of the procedure, and cost of the implant also play a big role.

Is Chin Augmentation surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

Medicare and insurance in Australia do not usually cover the costs of chin augmentation. It’s considered a purely cosmetic surgery and so you will need to cover the costs.

Find out more about a Chin Augmentation Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for other face surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Chin Augmentation Surgery Worth It?

Definitely! Around 86% of women and men who have chin augmentation with implants say that it’s worth it. It’s a straightforward procedure that’s not too demanding. Nevertheless, it delivers excellent cosmetic outcomes.It alters your whole facial proportions, defining your chin, making it larger, bringing it forward, and giving your whole jaw a strong and prominent contour. It can also make your nose look smaller and improve your profile look. Bottom line, chin augmentation might be just what you need to meet your cosmetic goals.

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With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques. Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

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FAQs about Chin Augmentation Surgery

How long does chin augmentation last?


Chin augmentation is permanent. The results can last forever. Of course, keep in mind that complications do rarely occur, so revision surgery might be needed (e.g. in implant malposition). Moreover, future signs of aging might obscure the prominent chin created by mentoplasty.

Does chin augmentation improve jawline?


Yes! One of the top advantages of chin augmentation is that it improves the jawline by giving it continuity in the middle (chin) area. If you have a small receding chin, your jaw will be visible on the sides and faded into the neck in the middle area. Chin enhancement surgery gives you a stronger jaw and chin with a well-defined contour.

Is chin augmentation painful?


Mentoplasty is not painful. During the procedure, local anesthesia will be used. You should only feel the prick of the anaesthetic needle, but no significant pain. During recovery from chin implants, you might experience minor pain, especially when eating or chewing. This is why it is recommended that you stick to liquids and soft foods in the initial recovery period.

Can your body reject a chin implant?


No. Silicone is inert. This means that it does not react with any immune cells. The body cannot recognize it or attach it. There’s no immune reaction against the implant material, so your body cannot reject it.

Does a chin implant change your smile?


Yes. A chin implant can change how your mouth looks, and hence, would make your smile look more harmonious. Your lips will appear closer together with a clear distance between the lower lip and the chin.

Do chin implants move around?


A chin implant is fairly fixed in its place and should not move in any direction if implanted properly.

How often do chin implants move?


Chin implants can in extremely rare cases move from their place without trauma. This complication is called chin implant malposition. Trauma can sometimes also cause a chin implant to move out of its place.

How do you fix a receding chin?


The best way to fix a receding chin is through genioplasty (chin augmentation surgery). Chin augmentation surgery enhances the size of your chin, makes it more prominent, and reshapes it in a way that’s most proportionate to your facial features.

How long after a chin implant can you smile?


Smiling after a chin implant can feel a little abnormal during the first few days of recovery. Most patients report that they don’t have any problems smiling after 1-2 weeks of the procedure.

What are the risks and complications associated with this surgery?


All in all, chin augmentation surgery is very safe and carries minimal risks. Some of the rare complications that might occur after mentoplasty include:

  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma (blood collection)
  • Seroma (fluid collection)
  • Skin numbness
  • Wound infection
  • Implant displacement
  • Problems with mouth closing
  • Relapse of the initial chin shape

The materials used in chin implants are extremely safe and have been in use for decades with numerous safety studies behind them.

To minimise the risk of complications and ensure that you get the absolute most out of your chin augmentation, choose the right surgeon. Any cosmetic surgeon can do chin augmentation. However, only an experienced plastic surgeon can do it right.


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.


Dr Maryam Seyedabadi

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her an excellent skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.