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Chin Augmentation in Los Angeles, CA

Being confident in your appearance is crucial in a world where first impressions are more brief and powerful than ever. When it comes to facial features, many individuals focus on cheekbone and eye contours, but facial balance has much to do with chin prominence or a lack thereof. A weak or receding chin can adversely affect your facial balance and the harmony of your other facial features. In some cases, other facial features, such as the nose, can appear disproportionately large compared to an undefined chin.

Men and women who lack a strong, defined chin can benefit from chin augmentation. A nicely contoured chin and jawline can provide an aura of confidence. Dr. Kao enhances the appearance of the chin through various techniques, including injectable fillers, fat grafting, and implants.

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Am I a Candidate for Chin Augmentation?

Almost anyone unsatisfied with the definition of their chin can benefit from chin augmentation. Candidates for chin augmentation are men and women looking to improve the size and projection of their chin.

To be a candidate, you must:

  • Be in generally good health
  • Not smoke or be willing to quit
  • Have realistic expectations of your results
  • Be willing to comply with all pre- and post-surgical instructions

To undergo chin augmentation using fat grafting, you must have enough excess fat in other areas of your body to harvest. A consultation with Dr. Kao will help you determine if chin augmentation is right for you and which procedural techniques you will benefit from.

What Are the Benefits of Chin Augmentation?

The top benefits of chin augmentation include:

  • A more attractive chin and jawline
  • Improved facial balance and harmony
  • Enhanced confidence and self-image

Depending on the technique you and Dr. Kao decide to use for your chin augmentation, you can enjoy long-lasting results or minimal downtime.

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Chin Augmentation Using Injectable Fillers

Dr. Kao uses hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite fillers to temporarily add volume to the chin and refine the jaw contours.

How is chin augmentation performed using dermal fillers?

This non-surgical procedure typically begins with applying a numbing cream to the chin and jawline. Dr. Kao then injects the filler according to a customized treatment plan developed to enhance your facial features and meet your aesthetic goals. Dr. Kao performs this enhancement technique safely and efficiently in less than an hour at his Santa Monica office.

This minimally invasive method is an excellent choice for patients not ready to commit to a permanent chin augmentation technique or who want to avoid surgical correction and the associated downtime.

Is there any downtime associated with injectable fillers?

Patients can immediately resume their regular activities after treatment. Results should become visible within a week of the procedure, although some minor bruising may last for several days. The results can last 6–18 months, depending on the injectable used.

For the initial 24 hours after injections, patients should avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Strenuous activity/exercise
  • Extreme temperatures (saunas/hot tubs)
  • Blood-thinning products
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen
  • Makeup

Chin Augmentation Using Fat Grafting

Dr. Kao also offers fat grafting to shape and sculpt a more prominent chin. This technique is ideal for patients who wish to achieve permanent results without more invasive surgical correction.

How is fat transfer used for chin augmentation?

Dr. Kao uses liposuction to harvest excess fat from an area of the body where pinchable, unwanted fat exists, such as the hips, abdomen, or flanks. He puts the collected fat through a purification process, which results in strong, durable “Super Fat.” Dr. Kao then strategically injects the “Super Fat” to artistically sculpt the size and shape of your chin. This augmentation technique provides permanent results with a far shorter recovery period than when using implants. This procedure is typically performed under deep sedation, but in some instances, general anesthesia is used.

What is recovery like after fat transfer for chin augmentation?

Patients may experience some minor bruising at the injection site and some mild discomfort at the site of the liposuction. Due to the liposuction procedure, you may need to limit your physical activities for one week.

Where Can I Stay During Recovery?

Dr. Kao mandates that all patients stay at a local post-surgery aftercare facility. While we collaborate with various external facilities, we also invite all our patients to experience recovery at the KO’AN Recovery Center, our exclusive in-house center.

The KO’AN Recovery Center offers luxury private apartments and a range of amenities, including 24/7 nursing care, dietary accommodation, and on-site follow-up appointments. Additional treatments like Hyperbaric Oxygen, IV therapy, lymphatic massages, facial services, and aesthetic procedures are also available during the stay, ensuring a comprehensive and comfortable recovery.

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Chin Augmentation Using Implants

Chin augmentation using implants is an excellent option for patients looking for permanent and predictable correction. Dr. Kao has a wide range of implant sizes and shapes to help you achieve the results you desire.

How are implants used for chin augmentation?

Dr. Kao uses custom-designed silicone implants to enhance or improve the contour of the chin. After administering a local anesthetic with sedation, he makes a fine incision either under the chin or inside the mouth at the base of the lower gums, creates a pocket, and inserts the implant. Dr. Kao then adjusts the implant and surrounding tissue to produce pleasing and natural-looking results before closing the incisions with sutures.

What can I expect my recovery to be like after receiving a chin implant?

If you choose this technique, you will likely experience temporary bruising and swelling following the procedure. Your diet may be restricted to liquids the day after surgery and soft foods for the next two days. Most patients can resume their regular activities after one week.

Your Los Angeles, California, Chin Augmentation Options

Dr. Kao offers these options to meet the needs of our diverse community. His compassion and understanding can help you decide on the method of chin augmentation that’s best for you. During your consultation, he will answer your questions and provide more detail about the different chin augmentation techniques and what you can expect to achieve, depending on your specific concerns and the option you ultimately choose.

If you wish to learn more about these options, schedule your Los Angeles chin augmentation consultation today by calling 310-315-9211 or filling out our online contact form for additional information.

Dr. Chia Chi Kao is a well-respected, board-certified plastic surgeon with the expertise and experience you want when undergoing cosmetic surgery and non-surgical chin enhancement procedures. His helpful and friendly staff are eager to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Chin Augmentation FAQ

What should I expect from my chin augmentation consultation?

During your chin augmentation consultation, Dr. Kao will review your medical history and discuss your goals for the procedure. He may perform a physical evaluation to determine if you are the right candidate. Once confirmed as a candidate, you will receive pre-operative instructions and a detailed financial plan based on your needs.

How much does chin augmentation cost in Los Angeles, CA?

The cost of chin augmentation in Los Angeles will vary for each patient, depending on the amount of correction needed and the technique used. A chin augmentation using dermal fillers will include the cost of the injectable. A chin augmentation using fat transfer or implants may include fees for the surgeon, anesthesia, operating room, and medications. Following your consultation with Dr. Kao, you will receive an accurate cost estimate for your chin augmentation.

Can chin augmentation be combined with any other procedures?

Chin augmentation can be combined with other surgical procedures to give patients their ideal appearance.

Popular combination procedures include:

What kind of anesthesia is used during chin augmentation surgery?

When performed as a standalone procedure, chin augmentation can be done using local anesthesia with sedation. Patients undergoing chin augmentation surgery with another invasive procedure may require general anesthesia.

Either way, you will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home following your chin augmentation surgery.

What risks are associated with chin augmentation?

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Kao, chin augmentation surgery poses minimal risk. However, there are risks with any surgery. While rare, risks for chin surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Implant shifting

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