Chin Augmentation (Chin Implants) in Manhattan, NYC

Mentoplasty, also known as a chin implant, is a cosmetic surgery that enhances the contours of the lower half of the face.

photo of a pretty young lady with a perfectly defined chin

What is Chin Augmentation Surgery?

Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the contours of the lower half of the face. It also helps create facial harmony and balance. Patients commonly undergo this procedure to correct a “weak” or recessed chin, correct asymmetry, and achieve a defined jawline. With a stronger and more pronounced facial profile, individuals often experience improved self-confidence.

The surgical procedure uses implants (typically silicone, polyethylene, or even the patient’s fat tissue) to add definition. The choice of material stems from their desired outcome and individual suitability.

What Can Mentoplasty Correct?

Augmentation with implants can address various cosmetic concerns with the lower and mid portions of the face. Mainly, it enhances the jawline’s appearance, making it more defined and contoured. This additionally improves the appearance of a “double chin.”

Imbalance with other facial features (like the nose) is another common complaint that patients have. By changing the chin’s size and shape, Dr. Singh can achieve facial balance.

Primarily, the surgery addresses:

  • A receding chin
  • Lack of jaw definition
  • Facial imbalance, particularly with the nose
  • Double chin

How Dr. Singh Performs the Surgery

In a consultation, patients share their concerns and aesthetic goals. Dr. Singh then evaluates their facial anatomy, and discusses expectations, and potential outcomes. Together, they determine the best approach, type of implant, and anesthesia for the desired results. Patients can choose between general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.

Submental Transcutaneous

This method is the most efficient one, for Dr. Singh, simply making an incision beneath the chin. This keeps scarring minimally visible, especially since he places the incision within the skin’s natural creases. With direct access to the treatment area, he carefully places the implant over the chin bone. Once finished, he uses fine sutures to close the incision.


While more complicated to perform, there is no external scarring at all, allowing for natural-appearing results. To start, Dr. Singh creates an incision inside the mouth, along the inner lining of the lower lip. He then places the implant and closes the incision with dissolvable sutures. Choosing this instead of stitches helps speed up the recovery process.

Types of Implants

Chin augmentation is a highly personalized cosmetic procedure, with different types of implants that cater to each patient’s needs. Mainly, there are two synthetic options and one natural.

  • Silicone implants are the most popular, because of their flexibility and how easily surgeons can shape and insert them. They also have a natural feel and appearance.
  • Polyethylene implants, on the other hand, are rigid and more stable. Being porous, they allow tissue to grow and attach more easily.

Fat transfer presents a natural alternative, using a patient’s adipose tissue to enhance their chin’s volume. Typically, Dr. Singh harvests fat from the patient’s stomach and injects it into the treatment area for subtle, natural results.

Recovery After Chin Implant Surgery

Following surgery, Dr. Singh provides thorough at-home care instructions, which help with the healing process. Patients typically experience mild swelling, tenderness, and discomfort that gradually diminishes over the week. Within a week, most can return to their daily routines. Though, they should avoid strenuous activities and direct facial contact, to protect the results.

During this time, some patients wear a supportive chin strap to maintain the implant’s position and reduce swelling. Dr. Singh may also provide a prescription for pain-relief medication if needed. After about 2 months, most swelling will have subsided, and results will become mostly apparent.

Is Mentoplasty Right for Me?

Ideally, those interested in mentoplasty should have good health, do not smoke, and have a realistic expectation for their results. Prospective patients are mostly concerned with a receding chin, weak jawline, or asymmetries; and wish to correct them.

The most direct way to determine your candidacy for this surgery is through a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Singh.

Why You Should Choose Dr. Mansher Singh

Patients who are considering mentoplasty should only entrust the most qualified plastic surgeons. Dr. Singh is a board-certified surgeon, a Harvard alumnus, and a fellow under a world-renowned practice. Spending years honing his skills and education, he stands out as the perfect choice for your chin augmentation needs.

During a consultation, Dr. Singh examines your facial structure and discusses your aesthetic goals. He helps determine if mentoplasty is a suitable option, considering various factors. These can include the extent of surgery required and its overall impact on facial balance and harmony. To schedule a consultation, call his office at (212) 470-4020, or visit his website.

Before and After Chin Implant Photos

Chin Implant Before and After Side Photo
Chin Implant Before and After Oblique Patioent Photo

Chin Implant Surgery FAQ

What results can I expect?

Post-op, you can primarily expect a more defined and balanced chin and jawline. While individual results vary, most patients see a significant improvement in their facial profile and appearance.

Are the results permanent, or do I have to replace my implants?

Chin implants are a long-term solution that offers permanent results for most patients. Patients do not need their implants removed unless there is a rare complication. Another scenario is they may require a change in its size or shape.

Can I pair it with other surgeries?

Patients commonly pair their chin augmentation with other treatments, like rhinoplasty, facelift, or neck lift. Notably, this results in more balance between the middle and lower sections of the face. Combining surgeries can address multiple concerns in one operation, potentially reducing overall recovery time and achieving further facial harmony. During your consultation, Dr. Singh will discuss the best options for achieving your desired results.

Is it painful, and is there scarring?

The surgery involves minimal discomfort, though patients can manage any pain with prescribed medication during the recovery phase. Visible scarring depends on the method that Dr. Singh decides on. In a submental transcutaneous approach, scarring may be minimally visible under the chin. In an intraoral approach, where the incision is inside the mouth, scarring will not be visible on the face.

How much does a chin implant cost?

Every practice provides different pricing, so the best way to determine the price is by contacting Dr. Singh’s office. Some factors that influence the price include location, the procedure’s specifics, and the surgeon’s reputation. There may also be additional fees, such as for the surgical facility and anesthesia.

How long does it take to recover?

The length of time varies between patients, but most can return to work and daily activities within just a week. Swelling and bruising are commonplace, but typically subside within this timeframe, too. For results to fully realize, it may take several months. To expedite your recovery, Dr. Singh provides thorough instructions for caring for your results at home.

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