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Chin Surgery

What is Chin Surgery?


Whether performed on its own to restore balance to a person’s face, or in combination with other facial cosmetic procedures, chin surgery helps reshape the chin using an implant to enhance the chin, or by reducing the bone.

Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, brings harmony and symmetry to the face by improving the way a person looks. It may be a receding chin, or a small chin that makes the nose appear larger, but whatever the cause chin surgery helps people gain self-confidence about the way they look. The chin’s appearance can have a major influence on the look of the face and neck.

Are you a candidate for chin surgery?

Chin implants or chin reduction surgery, which help change the shape of the chin, produced dramatic results.

There are several criteria that determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for the chin procedure. They include:

  • Your facial bones have reached their full growth
  • You have a weak jaw, small chin or undesirable facial contour
  • Your chin is pointed or out of proportion to the rest of your facial features
  • You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks
  • You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you

To determine if you’re a good candidate for chin surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson.

Cost for chin surgery
Costs for chin surgery can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.



The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure

The Recovery Process
Following your procedure, there will be some discomfort and swelling in the chin and jaw area. The pain can be controlled with the medication prescribed by Dr. Jimerson. There may also be some difficulty with smiling and talking, along with the feeling of a “tight” sensation. This is only temporary, and will dissipate in several days. There may also be some bruising around the chin and neck.

If the incision is placed inside your mouth, you may be required to follow a soft food or liquid diet for the first several days after surgery. To reduce swelling, ice and cold packs c be used. Swelling may take several months to dissipate, and actual results may not be visible for 3-4 months.

Most patients return to work or school after a few days, but you must avoid vigorous activity or contact sports for up to 3 weeks. You will also be given specific instructions on bending, lifting or straining, and for how long.

The Surgery
You will discuss various anesthesia options with Dr. Jimerson, including sedation and general anesthesia. He will determine the best type of anesthesia based on the procedure, your health history and his preferences.

The surgery depends on the procedure being performed. If you’re having a chin implant, Dr. Jimerson will determine how much implant to use based on your nose size, bone structure, gender and ethnicity. Often, men want a stronger more pronounced jawline, while women prefer a much softer appearance.

An incision is made inside the mouth, the muscle and skin is lifted up from the chin, and the implant is placed and sutured in place. In some cases, the incision is made underneath the chin. If this is done, the scar will be hardly visible. Bandages are wrapped around the incision if it is done outside the mouth.

In addition to chin augmentation, another procedure is to reduce or move the chin. In this case an incision is made inside the mouth or underneath the chin where a portion of the bone is removed, moved forward and secured in place.

Risks involved in chin surgery

As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.

Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks may include:

  • Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Scarring • Poor wound healing • Scar irregularities • Blood clots

It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!

Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
Prior to surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.



He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.

You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.

Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your surgery.

Here are some questions to consider:

– What surgical technique is recommended?

– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?

– What risks are associated with my surgery?

– What type of complications can happen?

– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?

– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?

Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.

Chin lift surgery preparation
What happens prior to the chin lift surgery? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.

If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.

Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.

You’ll be able to see the results from your surgery almost immediately; however, bruising and swelling may persist for up to 3 months, so you won’t get a final view of the changes until the swelling reduces. You can expect your results to last a long time.

Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instructions following your procedure to obtain optimal results.

Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.

The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.

Schedule your appointment

The best way to determine if chin surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.