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Chin Augmentation / Reduction

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What is Chin augmentation/reduction surgery?

A chin augmentation or reduction surgery is a procedure that is used to achieve facial harmony and better proportion in patients who have a chin that doesn’t match the rest of their face. You may have a chin that is too large (which masculinizes the face) or a chin that is too small which (feminizes the face).  A small chin can also lead to more loose skin of the neck or the appearance of a double chin.  Chin surgery can be used to shape the chin and change the volume for improved facial aesthetics.

Who is a good candidate?

Anyone who is healthy, has a small or overly large chin may benefit.

How is the surgery performed?

For chin reduction, an incision is made inside the mouth to avoid external scars.  A high speed bone burr is used to shave and sculpt the bone. In some cases where the chin is extremely, the bone has to be cut and remodeled.  The incision is then closed in layers. 

Chin augmentation is generally performed with chin implants.  These can be placed either from inside the mouth or under the chin depending on your preference.  A space is created and a permanent silicone implant is placed. The incisions are closed in layers.


Swelling and possibly some numbness of the chin and lower lip can be present for a few weeks to a few months.  A limited diet and mouthwash will be recommended for a short time.  Most patients are back to work and the gym in a few days.  External incisions may require suture removal.


  1. Lip/chin numbness – most often resolves within a few months, but can rarely be permanent
  2. Witches chin – the mentalis muscle is resuspended after surgery, but in rare cases when this does not heal right, chin drooping is possible.  
  3. Tooth injury – rare, but could require dental work
  4. Swelling – common, but generally resolves within a few months
  5. Wound healing issues – given the location of the incision, some patients experience slow healing of this incision
  6. Infection – because the mouth has an abundance of bacteria, infection is a possibility, this could require antibiotics or drainage
  7. Poor cosmesis – possible under/overresection poor shape is possible depending on healing
  8. Implant infection – could require antibiotics or removal
  9. Implant movement – shifting of an implant may require revision
  10. Under/overcorrection – although every attempt is made to match your expectations, a small percentage of patients may feel that their chin is still too large or small.

Your Chin Augmentation / Reduction will be performed in Dr. Praful Ramineni‘s surgery center located in Washington, DC.

This has been an amazing experience from the consultation to post-surgery!!! I honestly can’t even express how happy & grateful I am with the results. Everyone….Dr. Ramineni and his whole team are impeccable, to say the least. A very thoughtful, professional, kind, and knowledgable team. I will 100% always refer anyone I know to this amazing team…Dr. Ramineni had a challenge when I came to see him with my issue but he 1000% went above & beyond to achieve perfection with my results. I can’t thank this team enough!! I genuinely want to thank you so much!

- Sally T.

Dr. Ramineni was recommended to me by my plastic surgeon as a masterful surgeon who could figure out why I was having complications. He diagnosed the problem correctly and fixed it. I am grateful for his openness, his honesty, and skill.

- Saiyyaed A.

Life-altering surgeon. He helped make my dreams come true with the most flawless surgery I’d been waiting my whole life to get. Healing and recovery has been almost disturbingly easy and pain-free. I could not recommend enough. Everyone there is so sweet as well!

- Katie C.

Before & After

chin augmentation before & after

Dr. Praful Ramineni



Dr. Ramineni is the founder of District Plastic Surgery. He is board certified and has over 15 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He started his career as one of the busiest surgeons at Medstar Washington Hospital Center with a focus on complex reconstructive surgery including cancer and trauma reconstruction, microsurgery and aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Praful Ramineni

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