The lower third of the face contributes importantly to overall facial proportion and
harmony. The chin is an intriguing area of the face because of its ability to influence the
appearance of surrounding regions. For example, a small, recessed chin can make the
nose look bigger than it actually is; similarly, a small chin can give the submental area
(area under the chin) too much fullness and laxity. Dr. Alexander will often perform chin
augmentation along with rhinoplasty to create the appearance of a better-proportioned
nose. Or, he will perform chin augmentation along with liposuction of the neck to
produce a more refined jawline and neckline.
Why choose Dr. Alexander for chin surgery?
Dr. Alexander has dedicated his career to the improvement of the facial features. He has
completed multiple fellowships in facial plastic surgery and has worked under the
world’s most elite and prestigious mentors, honing his skill with meticulous attention to
detail. The result is an ability to provide patients with wonderfully natural, nuanced
outcomes that highlight their innate beauty (inside and out!). After treatment with Dr.
Alexander, friends, family members and co-workers may remark that you appear more
youthful and rejuvenated, although they cannot place a finger on the reason why.
Dr. Alexander is also known throughout Toronto and beyond for his kind, approachable
demeanor and ability to listen carefully to his patients’ wishes and goals. Dr. Alexander
treats every client like his own family member, and thus many have come to regard the
practice as their “home away from home”.
Chin enhancement can be performed non-surgically with the use of non-permanent injectable fillers, which can last nine months to one year. In this procedure, Dr. Alexander pays extra special attention to the muscles and glands that contribute to the jawline, and he will employ neuromodulators (e.g. BOTOX Cosmetic®) and injectable fillers to provide the best overall aesthetic result for the chin and jawline. These results are essentially immediate, with minimal downtime and speedy recovery.
If you will be better served by a more permanent solution, Dr. Alexander will utilize a chin implant, which is carefully placed over the bone of the chin via a small, imperceptible incision under the jaw. For those who have excess skin and fat under the chin (the so-called "double-chin"), the combination of liposuction with a chin implant often provides the best combination therapy to create an elegant neckline.
Surgical chin augmentation is performed under deep intravenous sedation at our fully
certified outpatient surgical facility. The procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes.
Recovering from chin implant surgery is fairly straightforward. The first week after
treatment may present swelling, redness, and some discomfort, but these are short-lived.
You will be provided with ample pain medications for maximum comfort, as well as
prophylactic antibiotics. Sutures are removed 5-7 days after surgery. You can return to
most regular activities after one week.
Taking the first step
If you are ready to learn more about chin augmentation, now is a great time to set up your
confidential consultation in the privacy and comfort of Dr. Alexander’s Toronto office.
During this initial session, he will examine your chin and overall facial anatomy. He will
review your medical history and discuss your goals with you so you can work together to
devise the best treatment plan for your needs. You may wish to provide some
photographs or online images of your desired outcome. Dr. Alexander may also perform
computer simulation using the advanced Vectra 3D system to provide you with a realistic
view of how great you will look following the procedure.
A note on combining treatments: undergoing multiple procedures at once can both reduce
costs and minimize downtime due to fewer incisions and only a single anesthesia. Dr.
Alexander often opts to perform chin surgery in tandem with rhinoplasty, liposuction,
facelift or neck lift, or non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. These additional
treatments can be discussed at length during your comprehensive consultation process.
While chin reductions are much less common, Dr. Alexander’s extensive experience and knowledge of reconstructive facial surgery allows him to carefully and precisely shave the chin down to a more even and balanced contour through an incision inside the mouth.
Surgical procedures of the chin can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, so that you may go home the same day and can expect to be fully recovered in less than one week in most cases.
For both augmentation and reduction procedures, Dr. Alexander will take you through computer simulations of the changes to your chin and jawline so you can get a sense of how great you will look following the procedure.