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Those who are lucky enough to have a strong chin probably don't think about it very often. But many people who have an underdeveloped chin structure certainly do. It's not pleasant to have your chin characterized as "weak." It's frustrating when your otherwise attractive face is undermined by a receding chin. And fair or unfair, some people make a leap in judgment — weak chin, weak personality. That's why so many men and women choose chin augmentation in San Francisco from Dr. David Mabrie.

As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializing in cosmetic surgery of the head and neck, Dr. Mabrie understands very well how important our facial features are to our overall satisfaction with our looks. He works with men and women from throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Pinole. Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 today.

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Case 323

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This gentleman in his early 40's recently moved to the Bay Area. After 15 years of considering a treatment, he gave me the honor of coming in to chat after hearing about my practice through RealSelf. I was happy to give him my feedback. He wanted his face to have a more defined, symmetric appearance. He was worried that he was looking too tired all the time and wanted to polish ...

Case 249

Background: This San Francisco man wanted a more defined jawline and chin. He consulted with Dr. Mabrie about his Chin Augmentation and Neck Liposuction. Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: "I really enjoy doing chin augmentations because they make people look better. This man's chin is pretty good to start, and with the implant he looks fantastic." Procedure: Chin Augmentation with Liposuction of neck. F...

Case 243

Background: This young San Francisco man wanted to have a more athletic look to his face and jawline, he consulted Dr. Mabrie about Chin Augmentation. During the consultation they discussed chin augmentation using either a medium or large implant and liposuction of the neck area. Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: "This was an interesting case because in addition to using a large chin implant, we also had ...

Case 180

Background: This East Bay man consulted Dr. Mabrie at his San Francisco office about Chin Augmentation. During his consultation, they discussed Chin Augmentation with Facial Liposuction, to best achieve his cosmetic goals. Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: "This was a very straightforward case, the patient was a man that had some strong facial features but a weaker chin. I felt that a chin implant would g...

Case 153

Background: This 50 year old San Francisco bay area woman consulted with Dr Mabrie interested in facial liposuction to refine her neck area. She was unhappy with the excess volume and felt it made her face appear bloated and tired, causing her to look older than she is. Dr Mabrie’s Assessment: “She is a great candidate for facial liposuction. Her skin is thic...

Case 134

ABOUT THE PATIENT I enjoyed working with this patient. A postal worker from Northern California, she traveled to my office in San Francisco looking for an answer about the benefits of Chin Augmentation surgery. She went back and forth on whether to have a cosmetic surgery procedure for years before coming to talk to me. Her family discourages her because one of her relatives had severe complicati...

Case 12

Background: This bay area woman was 17 and unhappy with her profile. She and her mother consulted with Dr. Mabrie about surgical options for augmenting her chin. It was important to have a chin with better balance with the rest of her face. Dr. Mabrie's Assessment: "This is a very attractive young lady. Her chin was underdeveloped relative to the upper part of her face. The imbalance gave the illu...

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Am I a Good Candidate?

If you generally feel pretty good about yourself but you have an undersized chin that causes you to feel unhappy with your appearance, you could be a good candidate for chin augmentation. If you're also considering nose surgery or a facelift, you may very well find that getting a chin implant at the same time will balance your face and give you that strong profile and "finished" look you've been seeking.

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How Will I Look?

Facial plastic surgery is successful when subtle changes to your appearance bring about a more attractive you. A slight but important change is what you can expect from chin augmentation. You and your loved ones may notice your stronger chin, but some of your friends may not.

Even more important is the way a procedure like chin augmentation can impact how you feel about yourself. By balancing your other facial features, a chin implant can give you a handsome profile more in line with what's considered classically attractive in our society. If you've struggled with a "weak" chin, augmentation will likely give your self-esteem a meaningful boost.

How Is Chin Augmentation Performed?

Dr. Mabrie uses chin implants to strengthen the chin and bring it into better harmony with the rest of your face. Chin implants have a good record for safety and patient satisfaction.

The first step is to decide what size implant to use. Then during surgery, a small incision is made under your chin. Dr. Mabrie performs chin augmentation with this small incision under the chin instead of using an incision inside the mouth because it decreases the risk of infection. The implant is placed and secured with a few stitches.

Dr. Mabrie performs chin augmentation in a hospital setting. He performs most San Francisco plastic surgery procedures at California Pacific Medical Center. In the East Bay, Dr. Mabrie performs chin augmentations at Doctors' Medical Center in San Pablo and Canyon Surgery Center. The procedure takes between 60 and 90 minutes.

Chin augmentation entails few risks, but Dr. Mabrie will ensure you're aware of possible risks and complications as you plan your procedure.

Dr. Mabrie performs chin augmentation surgery with silastic implants of different sizes and shapes depending on the shape of the patient's face and the amount of augmentation required.

Chin Augmentation Recovery

Bandages Suture Removal restaurant ready* 75% 100%
2-4 days 5-7 days 7-10 days 3-4 weeks 2-3 months

*restaurant ready means you are ready to debut the new you!

What Is the Recovery Like?

After the surgery Dr. Mabrie will place a small bandage over your chin. He'll remove it two to four days later. You will return home the day of your surgery but you'll need to wait to resume normal activities until a week later. You'll need to avoid strenuous exercise for 3 weeks and contact sports for 6 weeks.

While your discomfort should be minimal and easily controlled with medication, you may have some trouble chewing at first. You'll want to plan to eat soft foods for about a week. After several weeks, you won't be able to feel the implant at all because it assumes the consistency and feel of your own tissue.

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon David C. Mabrie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Dr. David Mabrie offers:

  • Double board certification
  • Excellent training & experience
  • Specialization in the face and neck
  • A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
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