Utah’s Leading Chin Augmentation and Reduction Surgeons

Do you struggle with an unbalanced or disproportionate facial profile due to an underdeveloped chin? Chin augmentation, also known as genioplasty, is a cutting-edge cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve a more balanced, harmonious facial appearance. Whether you're looking to enhance your natural beauty by increasing the size or projection of your chin genioplasty offers a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution. With advanced techniques and technology, our skilled surgeons can customize your procedure to meet your unique needs and goals, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing and proportionate facial appearance. With minimal downtime and a comfortable, personalized experience, genioplasty is a popular choice for those seeking to enhance their facial features and boost their self-confidence. Book your chin augmentation consultation today and start enjoying the benefits of a more beautiful, confident you!

What is Chin Augmentation and Chin Reduction?

Chin augmentation refers to increasing the size of the chin. Your surgeon will perform a full facial analysis and recommend the best shape, size, and angle of the chin to achieve your aesthetic goals. We tailor a surgical approach that is individualized for the patient. This procedure can include either placement of an implant, or surgically moving the chin forward and/or downward.

The Chin Augmentation and Reduction Procedure

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For a Chin Augmentation Or Reduction?

The ideal candidate for surgical chin augmentation is in good health and has an underdeveloped or unshapely chin. Be sure to communicate your aesthetic goals with your surgeon during your consultation so they can make the best recommendation for you.

It is very common to undergo chin augmentation surgery as an adjunct to other procedures. Most popular complimentary surgeries include rhinoplasty, facial contouring, and facelift or neck lift. It is really all about angles and proportions. For example, if you feel that your nose is overly prominent on your profile view, you may benefit from both surgically reducing the size of the nose and increasing the projection of the chin to improve the balance and harmony of your facial features.

It is important to note that both men and women can benefit from surgical chin augmentation. More masculine or feminine results can be achieved through different sizes, shapes, angles, and complimentary procedures.

Chin Surgery Procedure

During your consultation and pre-operative appointments, a medical history and physical exam will be performed to ensure there are no health concerns prior to your procedure. You will be given instructions on what to do before, during, and after the day of surgery and you will be given prescriptions for medications that you will need to take after the procedure.

In general, you should avoid anything with aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other medication, such as Advil, Motrin, any blood thinners, some herbal supplements, etc. for 2 weeks prior to the procedure and 2 weeks following the procedure. This helps reduce bleeding during surgery and the degree of bruising that you will have after the surgery.

On the day of your surgery, our excellent surgical nurses will prepare you for your procedure. You will also meet your anesthesiologist who will explain how they will keep you comfortable during the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Once you are safely asleep, the operation begins. 

 Depending on the customized surgical plan that has been created for you by your surgeon, you may have an incision in 1 of 2 places: under the chin hidden in a natural crease, or inside the mouth below the bottom lip. Both are common approaches, and your surgeon will determine which location is best for you. The incision is taken down to the level of the periosteum (lining of the bone), creating a pocket for the implant. We then place a few differently sized implants to see which is the most appropriate size for the individual patient. Once we have decided on the proper size, the implant is placed and secured with either sutures or titanium screws. The incision is then closed with several sutures.

Recovery Process

The recovery process after a chin implant can vary from patient to patient, but typically involves a few common items. After the procedure, the patient will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the chin and surrounding areas. This is normal and can last for several days to a few weeks, depending on the individual. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort during this time. The patient will need to keep their head elevated and avoid any strenuous physical activity for a few days following the surgery. If you have sutures that are designed to be removed, we will typically remove them in the office about 1 week after your surgery. This is a virtually painless process. You will likely look swollen and feel somewhat numb in the chin area for a few months. However, you are probably the only one that will notice any swelling after a few weeks. You should feel totally comfortable going out in public at that point.

Results photo of a woman who got a chin augmentation surgery.


The results of this procedure can vary depending on the patient's unique anatomy, facial structure, and the type/shape of implant used. Generally, patients can expect a more defined jawline and a more prominent chin that balances the facial features and improves overall facial harmony. The implant can stay in place for the rest of your life. Barring any rare complications, there is no need to have it removed or replaced. However, if the patient wishes, the implant can be removed in a quick and simple procedure without going under general anesthesia. The vast majority of patients are very happy with their results and enjoy a more defined jawline for decades to come!


  • I’m so glad that I put my trust in Dr. Ward. His skill and sense of aesthetic are impeccable and the surgery has changed my life for the better! In addition, his staff is also incredible and hand-picked. They helped ease my nervousness and told me what to expect pre and post-op.

  • I’m so glad that I put my trust in Dr. Ward. His skill and sense of aesthetic are impeccable and the surgery has changed my life for the better! In addition, his staff is also incredible and hand-picked. They helped ease my nervousness and told me what to expect pre and post-op.

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Chin Enlargement and Reduction FAQ

What is the recovery process like after getting a chin implant?

The recovery process after getting a chin implant typically involves the following:

  • Initial healing: Immediately after the surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the chin and lower face. Your surgeon may provide pain medication and instructions on managing swelling, such as using cold compresses or elevation techniques.
  • Bandages and dressings: Your surgeon may apply bandages or a compression garment to the chin area to support healing and minimize swelling. They will provide specific instructions on how long to wear them and when to remove them.
  • Restricted activities: During the initial recovery period, it is important to avoid strenuous activities, exercise, and any activities that may put pressure on the chin area. Follow your surgeon's guidelines regarding activity restrictions and limitations.
  • Follow-up appointments: You will have follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress, remove any sutures if necessary, and evaluate the results. These appointments allow your surgeon to address any concerns, provide additional instructions, and ensure proper healing.
  • Swelling and bruising resolution: Swelling and bruising will gradually subside over time. However, it may take several weeks to months for the full swelling to resolve and the final results to become apparent.
  • Final results: The final results of a chin implant procedure can typically be seen once the swelling has completely subsided. Your chin will appear more defined and balanced with your facial features, enhancing your overall profile.
It is essential to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions, attend all follow-up appointments, and allow your body adequate time to heal for the best results.

How long does a chin implant last?

A chin implant is designed to be a permanent solution to enhance the shape and projection of the chin. While individual experiences may vary, a chin implant can generally last for decades.

The longevity of a chin implant depends on various factors, including the type of implant used, surgical technique, individual anatomy, and lifestyle factors. High-quality implants made from materials like silicone or Medpor are often used and can provide durable and stable results over an extended period.

It is important to note that as you age, natural changes in the face and tissues may occur, which can affect the appearance of the chin. Nevertheless, a well-placed and properly sized chin implant should maintain its position and continue to enhance your facial harmony and profile for a significant duration.

How noticeable will the results of a chin implant be?

The results of a chin implant can vary depending on several factors, including the individual's facial anatomy, the size and shape of the implant, and the surgeon's skill in achieving natural-looking outcomes.

When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a chin implant can provide noticeable and positive changes to the appearance of the chin and overall facial balance. The implant is strategically placed to enhance the projection and definition of the chin, creating a more harmonious profile.

The degree of noticeability will depend on the desired outcome and the amount of augmentation chosen. Some individuals may opt for a subtle enhancement that appears natural, while others may prefer a more pronounced change. Some prefer a soft and feminine appearance, while others prefer a more angular and masculine appearance. Your surgeon will work with you to understand your goals and expectations, and they will recommend an implant size and shape to achieve the desired outcome.

It is important to choose a skilled and board-certified facial plastic surgeon to ensure the best results. They can assess your facial features, discuss your desired outcome, and provide a realistic expectation of how noticeable the results will be in your specific case.

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What is the difference between a chin implant and a genioplasty?

A chin implant and a genioplasty are both procedures aimed at improving the appearance and balance of the chin area, but they involve different approaches:

  • Chin implant: A chin implant, also known as chin augmentation, is a surgical procedure where a synthetic implant is placed in the chin area to enhance its projection, shape, and symmetry. The implant is typically made of silicone or other biocompatible materials. It is an effective option for individuals with a weak or recessed chin who desire more definition and balance in their facial profile.
  • Genioplasty: Genioplasty, also referred to as “chin advancement “or “chin osteotomy”, is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping and repositioning the patient's own chin bone. It is recommended for individuals with more complex chin concerns, such as a severely recessed chin, chin asymmetry, or functional issues related to the bite (malocclusion). During genioplasty, the surgeon makes incisions inside the mouth or externally beneath the chin to access the chin bone. They then reposition or modify the bone to achieve the desired aesthetic and functional outcome. This may require hardware such as plates or screws to permanently support the new shape of the chin. Genioplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. Genioplasty generally has a slightly longer recovery time than that of chin implant placement.

Our facial plastic surgeons offer both chin implants and genioplasty. The choice between the two depends on the specific needs and goals of the individual, as well as the evaluation of the chin anatomy and bone structure by your surgeon. They will assess your situation and recommend the most suitable procedure to achieve the desired results.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives to a chin implant procedure?

Yes, there are non-surgical alternatives available to enhance the appearance of the chin without undergoing a chin implant procedure. These options may be suitable for individuals who prefer non-invasive or temporary solutions. Here are a few non-surgical alternatives to consider:

  • Injectable fillers: Dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid-based fillers, can be used to augment the chin and improve its contour. The filler is injected strategically to add volume and definition to the chin area. This option provides temporary results and may require periodic touch-up treatments to maintain the desired outcome.
  • Surgical facial contouring: To further enhance the jawline, surgical facial contouring may be performed. This may include a combination of liposuction, lipectomy, deep neck lift, buccal fat removal, buccal fat transposition, etc. The purpose of surgical facial contouring is to remove or reposition small amounts of fat and other soft tissues from both above and below the jawline, resulting in greater definition and sharpness of the profile. However, it does not add volume that you do not already have. Many patients choose to undergo surgical facial contouring and chin augmentation together for the best results. Your surgeon’s aesthetic eye is very important in deciding where to remove volume and where to add volume. This is a complex art and as such should be entrusted to an experienced and qualified facial plastic surgeon who understands and shares your cosmetic goals. They can evaluate your unique facial anatomy and recommend the most suitable treatment to achieve the desired results.

The Consultation

Before The Chin Surgery Consultation

When choosing a surgeon to operate on any part, most experts would agree that experience is the most important factor to help maximize the chances of a good result. Many surgeons perform facial surgery and may even be board-certified to perform the procedure, but may not have had much training in the procedure. Ask your surgeon how many facial and neck procedures they performed in residency. There are many plastic surgery residency programs where the residents finish their training having performed only a few facial procedures. In addition, even if the surgeon received good facial plastics training, it may not be a central portion of their practice. For example, a plastic surgeon might perform many surgeries, but those surgeries might be mostly breast augmentation or liposuction, which are drastically different from facial plastic surgery. The bottom line is that you want to be sure your surgeon has the utmost training and experience in facial plastics. You should choose your facial plastic surgeon with the utmost care.

The Chin Surgery Consultation

The consultation is the chance for you and your surgeon to meet and get to know each other. This relationship is important for several reasons. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon to ensure that you are on the same page before surgery and that you will feel comfortable voicing any concerns or questions before and after the surgery.

Dr. Ward will evaluate your chin and talk to you about your desired results. He will give you honest and realistic expectations and inform you of any potential risks involved. These risks can vary based on each individual person so it is important to be honest and upfront during your consultation.

Follow up after the procedure is important and you will be seeing your surgeon frequently following the procedure. This is to help ensure that you are healing properly and that you are happy with your results. We are committed to making sure you heal properly and that you are happy with the result. If you are not happy, we want to know!