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The absence of a prominent chin can affect your jawline and overall facial harmony. Individuals without a well integrated, prominent chin can opt to place synthetic implants around the chin bone, thereby bringing the jawline into sharp relief. When placed correctly, chin implants can transform a recessed chin and give patients in Pittsburgh an angular, chiseled jawline.

At Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery, our exceptionally talented and board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Leong, carefully examines your chin to recommend the ideal implant options. He has a keen sense of facial anatomy and aesthetic perfection, and he uses those insights to provide results that ensure optimal facial harmony.


What are chin implants?

Chin implants are synthetic implants placed around the chin bone to enhance the appearance of the chin. They’re made of a safe, biocompatible, and malleable material that can be easily adjusted and shaped according to your unique facial anatomy and structure. Chin implants are one of the most effective means of augmenting your chin and jawline to achieve the exact shape you desire.

Chin implants are usually made of silicone, but vary in size and contours. Dr. Leong will choose the best implant size and shape to provide the necessary corrections for the most natural results possible. Once they’re in place, they’ll feel indistinguishable from your actual chin bone. Chin implants are a permanent treatment for recessed chins.

What do chin implants do?

  • Make the chin appear prominent and proportional
  • Ensure overall facial harmony
  • Correct recessed chin
  • Improve overall jawline
  • Reduce the appearance of a double chin

Am I a suitable candidate for chin implants?

You’re very likely a suitable candidate for chin implants in Pittsburgh if you have a weak or recessed chin, despite the complete development and maturation of your facial anatomy. However, you should be in generally good physical and mental health for the procedure and have realistic expectations. You should also avoid chin implant surgery if you’re currently pregnant or nursing.

Dr. Leong will carefully review your medical history and discuss your current and past medications during the consultation. Based on the information, he’ll determine if you’re a viable candidate for the procedure. He’ll also ask you to stop smoking a month before the procedure, stop taking blood-thinning medications, and to avoid alcohol for at least two days leading up to the procedure.

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What happens after the chin implants procedure?

You might experience some swelling, redness, bruising, and discomfort around the treatment area for a few days. You’ll wear the chin strap for up to 3 days, following which it can be taken off. You’ll be on a liquid diet for a week, and will be asked to minimize jaw and chin movements. You can resume most of your normal activities after a week.

The results from the procedure will be immediately evident, but you’ll truly appreciate the outcome after about a month, once the swelling, redness, and bruising have completely dissipated. The final results appear in approximately 3 months, at which point the implants would have settled perfectly in place.

Paul Leong MD FACS

The Facial Specialist

Dr. Leong completed his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then dedicated the next seven years honing his skills specifically in head, face, and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh—a university consistently ranked among the top five otolaryngology programs in the country. Dr. Leong continued to develop his surgical skills through a fellowship in Advanced Oncologic Surgery of the Head and Neck at the Pittsburgh Medical Center. This was followed by yet another fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

Why choose Dr. Leong for chin implants?

Dr. Leong is an exceptionally talented facial plastic surgeon with a medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. He has honed his facial plastic surgery skills through residency programs and fellowships at some of the country’s finest institutions, such as the University of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the Oregon Health Sciences University.

Dr. Leong is an incredibly patient and friendly surgeon—he listens to all your concerns and expectations, carefully covers all of your treatment options, and curates the ideal treatment plan for your unique needs. He provides chin implants that look and feel as natural as your chin bone, giving you an “authentic” and chiseled jawline with no signs of cosmetic manipulation.

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Dr. Leong and his team are happy to announce, we are open and seeing patients for all surgical and non-surgical consults. The summer surgery schedule is rapidly filling up. Please call or contact us today to schedule your consultation.

We are following all state and federal guidelines for your protection and safety, including but not limited to: wearing gloves and masks, providing hand sanitizer, frequent cleaning, wiping down and sanitizing of all contact surfaces. As well as will maintain all standard Social Distancing protocols. Patients should not come in if achy, feverish or coughing or COVID positive test for active infection.

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