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Chin augmentation, also known as chin enhancement surgery, is a common surgical procedure designed to change the shape of the chin through the use of a chin implant.  This procedure is performed in order to improve harmony of the proportions of the face along the jawline and chin area with cheek and forehead balance.  Chin augmentation Santa Barbara is performed in the office on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia.


What is Chin Augmentation?

Chin augmentation or Mentoplasty is the enhancement procedure performed to improve the jawline’s contours, chin, and neck. In this particular procedure, an implant is placed around the existing chin to enhance its shape and size. If you have a weak or recessed chin, you can make it perfect through chin augmentation by a professional plastic surgeon.

What Are Chin Implants?

A lot of people around us fail to feel empowered and confident due to weak or recessed chin. Through chin implants, you can add a biocompatible implant in the chin to make it augmented. The implant is placed in the chin’s anterior side on the lower side of the jawline to make the chin more projected. It also improves the jawline and overall symmetry of the face.

Chin Augmentation Before and After

Patients can opt for Mentoplasty in combination with rhinoplasty to get ideal facial features. You can also add lip augmentation and cheek augmentation Santa Barbara to get the maximum aesthetic output and make your facial feature picture-perfect.

Why Opt For Chin Augmentation Santa Barbara Surgery?

Chin augmentation offers an ideal solution if you want your chin to be proportional to the rest of the face. If your chin seems to be recessed or weak, chin surgery is what you need. Get your confidence back with chin augmentation, which includes:

  • Implantation around the chin to make it proportional to the face
  • Correction of a recessed or weak chin
  • Define the jawline and neck
  • Help in getting rid of a double chin due to small chin bone.

What Options Do We Have To Enhance The Jawline And Chin?

Most of the time, if you are only bothered by the recessed chin, you opt for Mentoplasty or chin augmentation alone. However, sometimes people do opt for other procedures in combination with chin augmentation for outstanding results.

Rhinoplasty And Chin Augmentation:

If you are looking for the best facial contouring process, then opt for rhinoplasty along with chin augmentation. The chin implants enhance the results of rhinoplasty and to provide outstanding facial contouring results.

Chin Augmentation With Neck Liposuction:

If you have excessive fullness beneath your chin, you might be facing double chin issues. So patients with such neck and chin conditions often choose to have neck liposuction along with chin augmentation. With chin implants, we add china and jawline definition, removing excess fat from the neck, further enhancing the jawline’s appearance, neck, and overall face.


If you are dealing with any form of dental occlusion, prominent nose, or recessed chin, you can opt for chin augmentation surgery. It would be best if you did not have any preexisting medical condition and should have good overall health for this procedure.


A consultation with Dr. Sheffield is the first step to do the full assessment and determine if you are the right candidate for the chin augmentation Santa Barbara procedure; before and after pictures are always taking during the evaluations. Your medical history will be examined together with your current and previous medications or supplements during this consultation.


After choosing the right treatment for you, Dr. Sheffield will go through a series  of specific explanations and recommendations in each case:

  • Discussing the procedure you will have done.
  • The doctor will share some before and after pictures from previous patients to show possible results.
  • The results you will achieve.
  • The possible complications during the procedure and how to deal with them.
  • Anesthesia used.
  • Instructions before and after the surgery.


Chin augmentation comes with various options, and you have to make a prudent choice at every step to ensure success. The first and foremost choice is the selection of a plastic surgeon to perform the task. You can choose any plastic surgeon who has the membership of the American Society of Plastic surgeons.

While opting for facial surgery, the most crucial decision is choosing a plastic surgeon who you want to perform your surgery. The thumb rule is to choose someone who has extensive experience regarding facial surgery. Ask your surgeon for the before and after pics of chin augmentation Santa Barbara surgeries and analyze whether the procedure looks natural or not.

Standards For The ASPS Members:

  • Board certificate from the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Should have completed the surgical training of six years with a minimum of three years training in plastic surgery.
  • Should have passed all the comprehensive written and oral exams.
  • Should be graduated from accredited Medical college.
  • Should opt for continuing medical training regarding patient safety.
  • Should opt for a Medicare-certified or state-licensed facility.

Don’t Get Confused By Other Credentials:

ABPS or American Board of Plastic Surgeons is recognized by the ABMS or American Board of Medical Specialties. However, there is no board recognized by ABMS with the term “cosmetic surgery” present in the name.

If you choose a member of ABPS, you can rest assure that you have selected a highly qualified and well-experienced surgeon who has the membership of ABPS.


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Chin Augmentation Before and After



Local anesthesia is given to the patients for chin augmentation surgery. The patient and doctor can also choose any other narcotic. Moreover, some patients do prefer to take a pain reliever half an hour before the surgery.


It takes almost less than an hour to place an implant under the chin. The surgeon uses local anesthesia or any other narcotic according to patient and doctor preferences. If you have opted for a procedure other than chin augmentation, the total surgery time will enhance.

The doctor will perform the process in the office. A small incision is made under the chin or inside the mouth, and a silicone implant is placed inside the chin by creating a sub-periosteal pocket.

Once the doctor puts the implant in front of the jawline, he then secures the implant with sutures. The incision will leave a small, almost invisible scar. The patient can be returned to their home the same day.


The recovery from chin augmentation surgery is usually speedy and smooth. The patients have been reported to be able to perform daily activities within seven days of the surgery. The discomfort or pain can be controlled through cold compresses and pain-relieving medication.

After the surgery, you have to take care of certain things to avoid discomfort, swelling, and speedy recovery. Sleep with an elevated head and a face-up for a minimum of two weeks after surgery.

Moreover, the surgeon might suggest you take a liquid-only diet for 48 to 72hours. All kinds of strenuous activities, including exercise or jogging, are strictly prohibited for almost 3 to 4 weeks.

To ensure a prompt and smooth recovery, always listen to your surgeon and follow the instructions. You can witness the surgery results after a month; however complete and final look can only be considered after three months of surgery when the residual swelling subsides.


The implants used in chin augmentation are highly reliable and durable and offer a permanent fix to your weak or recessed chin. Even the effect of age isn’t going to change the contour you have done with the implants. However, there are chances of implant breakage in case of an accident, leading to repairing surgery.


The risks involved in chin augmentation include all the potential risks associated with any surgery, including infection, scarring, and bleeding. In chin augmentation surgery, there are very slight chances of getting an infection. However, in case of any infection, the surgeon will remove the implant. Injured sensory or motor nerve:

Another risk associated with chin augmentation Santa Barbara surgery is the risk of injury to a sensory or motor nerve. However, it is sporadic, and the movement and sensation come back after few months.

Improper Implantation:

The pocket made by the surgeon to place the implant is tiny and thus might result in the placement of the implant in the wrong position. However, we can still amend this mistake by performing a corrective procedure.

Chin Augmentation Before and After

If you choose a professional and qualified surgeon for your chin augmentation surgery, the chances of complication are reduced to 0%. Other possible risks include internal bleeding, shifting of implant position, scarring, and infection.

However, you can reduce the risks involved by opting for a plastic surgeon who is ABCS American Board of Cosmetic Surgery certified, has gone through extensive training, perform the procedure in accredited facilities and work in conjunction with a board-certified anesthesiologist.


Chin implants made of which material?

All the chin implants use in chin augmentation surgeries are made of solid silicone material that can either be soft or hard. The surgeon made a small incision under your chin to insert the implant.

What is the chin augmentation procedure?

The augmentation surgery is performed under local anesthesia and/or a narcotic. A small incision is made under the chin, and the implants are placed inside the pocket. The whole procedure requires two hours, and the patient gets discharged on the same day.

What is the post-operate measure I need to take care of?

You can expect a temporary aching, throbbing, swelling, numbness, and redness on the operated area, which requires pressure dressings. Bruising can last up to 10-14 days post-surgery. However, the numbness, tingling, and tenderness may last up to 3-6 months.

Does taking out the suture hurt?

No, the removal of sutures doesn’t hurt, and they will be removed after one-week post-surgery.

Will the operation leave the scar?

The scarring depends on the incision technique being used during surgery. If the incision is made internally from the mouth, there will be no visible scar. However, if the surgeon made an incision on the outer side, the spot will be hidden under your chin.

What is the expected downtime?

You can come back to your previous normal activities as soon as after one to two weeks. And also can go back to your work within one week.

When will the results be noticeable?

The implant offers instant results. However, you may find your augmentation a bit larger due to swelling. Give your chin some time, let the node remove, and then see for actual results.

What risks are involved in the chin augmentation procedure?

Like all other surgeries, the risks involved in chin augmentation surgery include infection, seroma, hematoma, numbness, asymmetrical implant, and implant shifting. Some of these complications may required repair surgery.

How long an implant stays in our body?

The chin’s augmentation through a silicone implant is a permanent augmentation procedure, and it stays there forever.


Interested to know about your chin augmentation Santa Barbara options?  Whether you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call (805) 318-3280 today.


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