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Chin Augmentation in Santa Monica, CA

A weak chin can affect facial appearance considerably, causing the neck to lack definition or the nose to look bigger. Overly large chins may convey an aggressive look in men or contribute to facial masculinization in women.

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Chin augmentation, also referred to as genioplasty or mentoplasty, is designed to recontour the chin and provide a more balanced facial appearance. While this procedure is most often performed to create a chin that is stronger, longer, or broader, reduction mentoplasty does the opposite and decreases the size of a prominent chin.

This surgery may be performed alone or in conjunction with a facelift, nose job, cosmetic ear surgery, or any cosmetic facial surgery to achieve greater facial harmony.

Dr. Butler is a well-respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with many years of experience performing facial rejuvenation procedures in Santa Monica, California, including chin augmentation.

What Can Chin Augmentation or Mentoplasty Do?

Enhance a Weak Chin

Chin augmentation can create:

  • A chin that is proportionate to your face and features
  • A more defined contour and appealing transition from your face to your neck

Reduce a Large Chin

Chin reduction offers:

  • A decrease in the prominence of a large or projecting chin for men
  • A more feminine appearance for women

Balance Facial Features

Genioplasty or mentoplasty can provide:

  • Improved facial definition
  • Improved facial harmony
  • Improved facial aesthetic

The Chin Recontouring Process


During your consultation, Dr. Butler will listen carefully to the concerns you have about your chin, ask about your goals, then examine your face and chin to recommend the best chin recontouring options for you.

Before you leave, our office will provide an inclusive cost quote and, if you choose to proceed, all preoperative instructions.


Included in your pre-op instructions will be the following steps to prepare you for the procedure, reduce complication risks, and help ensure the best results:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Stop taking certain medications and supplements that may increase bleeding, like aspirin and NSAIDS a week before your procedure.

The Chin Augmentation Procedure

The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and usually takes one to two hours to complete. During the procedure, Dr. Butler makes an incision inside the mouth or under the chin, depending on your anatomy and desired outcome.

If enhancing the chin, Dr. Butler will insert a silicone implant into the existing chin tissue.

When reducing chin size, the bones of the chin are sculpted to achieve the desired shape and size.

After the procedure, the incision is closed with sutures, and a dressing is applied.

Beautiful woman touching her chin

What to Expect After Chin Augmentation


Recovery from chin augmentation typically takes up to a week, during which time you can expect some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort. It’s essential to follow all post-operative instructions to decrease complication risks and help ensure the best results.

After the initial recovery period, you should be able to return to your normal activities, including work and exercise.


Fine sutures are used to close the incision; if made inside the mouth, there will be no visible scarring. If the incision was made under the chin, it fades nicely, and the scar becomes almost impossible to detect.


Chin augmentation is a permanent procedure, and your results should last a lifetime, although changes in anatomy and the aging process may affect them. Dr. Butler is committed to both your safety and delivering your ideal outcome.

Chin Augmentation FAQ

  • How much is chin augmentation in Santa Monica?

    Chin augmentation or reduction costs vary according to the patient’s anatomy and techniques used, among other factors.

  • Who is a good candidate for chin augmentation?

    A good candidate for chin augmentation is someone with a weak or recessed chin or wants to improve the balance of their facial features. They should be in good physical health, have realistic expectations, and understand the risks and benefits of the procedure.

  • What materials are used for chin implants?

    Chin implants are typically made of silicone, which is safe and durable.

  • Is chin augmentation painful?

    Chin augmentation is usually performed under general anesthesia, so patients should not feel any pain during the procedure. Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort can be expected after the procedure, but these side effects should subside within a week or so. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to relieve discomfort during recovery.

  • How long does it take to recover from chin augmentation?

    Recovery from chin augmentation usually takes about a week and rarely more than two, after which patients can return to their normal activities.

  • What kind of results can I expect from chin augmentation?

    Chin augmentation creates a more balanced and harmonious facial appearance. While it is a permanent solution, some patients may require revision surgery in the future, usually due to the aging process.

  • Is chin augmentation safe?

    Chin augmentation is considered safe when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. However, like any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications, such as infection or implant displacement.

  • How much does chin augmentation cost?

    The cost of chin augmentation can vary depending on several factors, such as the surgeon’s fees, the type of techniques used, and the location of the practice. It’s essential to have a good understanding of the costs involved before undergoing the procedure.

  • Who should I consult about chin augmentation in Santa Monica, CA?

    David M. Butler is a double board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck, as well as otolaryngology.

    To learn more, schedule a consultation at Dr. Butler’s Santa Monica office to discuss your chin augmentation or reduction options by calling (310) 428-0033.

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