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Chin Augmentation: Surgery and Recovery

If you want to change the appearance of your chin, you can seek chin augmentation surgery. New York chin augmentation can enhance a small chin and add definition to your face. The surgery is appropriate for you whether you need changes based on cosmetic reasons or to reconstruct your face after a traumatic event or surgery.

How to prepare for a chin augmentation procedure

During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss the surgery’s details and the changes they will make. They will assess your chin and review your medical history to understand your needs better. If you are a smoker, your surgeon might recommend avoiding smoking for several weeks before the surgery.

Other things your surgeon should know include all the medications you take so that they can evaluate them and their effect on the outcome of the surgery. To minimize your chances of getting an infection after the procedure, you might receive an antibiotic prescription and take it for a few weeks before surgery.

What to expect from the procedure

Your surgeon might put you under general anesthesia so that you can be comfortable during the treatment. When ready, they will make an incision in your mouth or under your chin to access your chin bone.

They will separate tissues and insert implants to enhance your chin bone. Once that is complete, they will close the incision with dissolvable stitches. If your surgery was straightforward, you could leave the hospital on the same day, but if it was complex, you might stay overnight for observation.

Before you leave the operating room, your specialist will give you post-surgery instructions for a successful recovery. The instructions will cover your sleeping schedule, hygiene, and diet.


During recovery, you must sleep with your head elevated to avoid swelling and promote circulation. The goal is to relieve any pressure on your chin when you sleep. If you had stopped smoking before the surgery, you might also need to avoid smoking after the surgery. Smoking limits the amount of oxygen you receive which might affect your recovery.

Your diet will consist of fluids and soft foods for at least three weeks. Your chin needs ample time to recover, and if you have chin implants, less stress on your moth will help your implants position themselves appropriately without moving.

For the first few weeks after surgery, avoid vigorous activity that might cause you to strain. The strain can cause slight movements of your chin implants affecting the final look. While walking is beneficial, avoid strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects.  

After surgery, your surgeon might suggest avoiding getting your chin area wet. Water in the incision area can lead to an infection which can affect the outcome of the surgery.

If you have a weak or receding chin, visit Norman J. Pastorek, MD, PC, FACS, for a chin augmentation surgery. Dr. Norman Pastorek and his team will evaluate your chin and create your treatment plan. Call or book your appointment online today to improve the appearance of your chin.