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Chin Augmentation

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Introduction to
Chin Augmentation

A weak or ill-defined chin can disrupt facial harmony, causing other facial features such as the nose to appear off balance. Dr. Ho will improve your facial features and create a more balanced jaw line with a straightforward chin augmentation surgery.

What is Chin Augmentation?

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Chin augmentation refers to a procedure that improves the projection of the chin area. Filler injection is one widespread non-surgical approach to chin augmentation, whereas surgical techniques typically involve placement of an alloplastic permanent implant. Common implant materials include silicone, Gortex, and mesh. A patient may be born with micrognathia (an undersized jaw associated with an underprojected chin) or develop a weak chin over time due to bony resorption changes in the jaw that occur with aging.​

Chin augmentation is a common treatment option for patients seeking increased definition or projection in their chin and may be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial procedures. This procedure requires the expertise of a surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face and understands facial anatomy well. Dr. Ho specializes in chin augmentation and performs each procedure according to the anatomic features and surgical goals of the individual patient.

What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Chin Augmentation?

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho is well-regarded as an expert of facial rejuvenation procedures. She possesses dedicated training in injectable procedures from one of the top facial plastic surgery fellowship programs in the country. Dr. Ho is regionally known for her signature procedures in jawline contouring and attracts patients from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York to Philadelphia and Newtown for chin augmentation. Dr. Ho dedicates ample time and effort to establish realistic expectations with every patient. Her treatment philosophy is centered on producing results that are natural and restore facial harmony and balance. She frequently performs injectables in a stepwise fashion across a series of visits to avoid overtreatment. Regarding technique, Dr. Ho may pursue either a needle or cannula approach to non-surgical chin augmentation depending on the patient’s anatomy and treatment goals.

What should patients expect after Chin Augmentation?

Each chin augmentation procedure is different and catered to the individual patient. Therefore, the extent of swelling, bruising, and tenderness that occur after surgery will vary by patient. Every chin augmentation patient will follow-up with Dr. Ho within one week after surgery for a post-operative check and suture removal. Each patient will then follow-up again at weeks to months out at regular intervals for re-evaluation. The down time for chin augmentation alone is usually minimal; most patients can return to normal daily activities apart from heavy lifting, straining, and strenuous activity the day after surgery. Patients should expect immediate bruising and swelling in the chin area after surgery that can be managed well with icing and head elevation and typically resolve within a week or two after surgery. Post-operative pain is usually mild and managed well with prescribed pain medication. Improvement in the appearance of the chin is usually immediately observed after surgery, with the final result noted after most of the bruising and swelling has subsided. Dr. Ho seeks regular follow-up with her patients to ensure that every patient heals well and is satisfied with their surgical outcome.
“My surgical technique focuses on creating a more ideally projected chin that is in proportion with the rest of the face through a well-hidden incision under the chin.”

Dr. Tina Ho

Dr. Tina Ho


What are other surgical procedures that are routinely performed with Chin Augmentation?
It is common for other procedures to be performed at the same time as chin augmentation, depending on the patient’s anatomic issues and surgical goals. Chin augmentation is often done in conjunction with rhinoplasty, as a well-balanced and proportionate chin contributes to facial harmony. Chin projection and appearance ultimately impacts the perceived appearance of the nose, as a weak chin may make the nose appear larger and vice versa. Dr. Ho is experienced in a wide range of aging face procedures and will thoroughly evaluate each patient and discuss with them whether they would benefit from additional procedures.
What is the Ideal Chin?
Dr. Ho believes that while every face is unique, the ideal chin demonstrates good projection and contributes to a smooth, well-defined jawline. Male patients often seek a more defined and square-appearing chin to reflect a more masculine look compared to their female counterparts. The most anterior point of an ideal chin should be at or approach a vertical line referred to as the Zero Meridian of Gonzalez-Ulloa that runs through the nasion (root of the nose) and is perpendicular to the Frankfort horizontal line, which runs through the inferior orbital rim and superior limit of the ear canal. Dr. Ho uses this anatomic principle as a foundation for her surgical technique as well as her aesthetic intuition in chin augmentation.​
ideal chin
On profile view, the most anterior point of an ideal chin should be at or approach a vertical line (Zero Meridian of Gonzalez-Ulloa) that runs through the root of the nose and is perpendicular to a horizontal line that runs through the inferior orbital rim and superior limit of the ear canal (Frankfort horizontal line).
What is the Cost of a Surgical Chin Augmentation?

The cost of a surgical chin augmentation by Dr. Tina Ho varies by patient and type of implant needed, may be significantly less if combined with other procedures at time of surgery including rhinoplasty, facelift, and neck lift. The average cost is $3,500, which includes the cost of implants plus facility fees.

Filler starts at $800/syringe, may need minimum 1-2 syringes or more for adequate results.

Your Chin Augmentation will be performed by Dr. Tina Ho in her surgery center in Philadelphia.