Some people have a small or receding chin, which may cause the lower third of the face to look too small in relation to the nose or to the rest of the face.
The use of a chin implant may improve the profile of the patient by producing a more attractive jaw line and a better balance between the chin and other facial features. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. An incision is made inside the lower lip or under the chin, and an implant is placed. In an alternative method called sliding osteotomy, a portion of the chin bone is permanently moved forward.
The patient goes home with a small pressure dressing over the chin. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Swelling, tenderness, and possible local numbness gradually subside within a month or two.