Chin Augmentation

Conveniently located to serve St. Louis, Missouri

Chin AugmentationSome people are born with chins that do not protrude forward enough or are “weak”. This can be remedied through a different approaches: By the use of fat injections or fillers, the bone can be cut and advanced forward or a chin implant may be used.

Fat/Filler Augmentation Of The Chin

Dr. Cabbabe is able to utilize fat or collagen filers as a means of augmenting the chin. Off the shelf collagen fillers can be used to sculpt the chin. This may last 6 months to one year. Alternatively, fat is removed from an unwanted area then prepared for re-injection by purification. The fat is then precisely and carefully injected to sculpt the chin. Fat contains stem cells and helps to rejuvenate the chin itself and the skin of the chin.

Implant Chin Augmentation

Chin implants come in different sizes and shapes and some have small pores which allow your own tissue to grow into it and become incorporated. An incision may be used inside the mouth or below the chin to access the chin bone. A previously selected silicone chin implant or Med-Por implant is then inserted and secured to the bone using sutures or screws. This operation can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Neck liposuction may be recommended to enhance the final result.

Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the face to give patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is also an expert in minimally invasive cosmetic surgery of the face and has published on these topics. His patients have a natural, refreshed look after surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine your entire face including the brow, upper and lower eyelids, face and neck. He will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result while maintaining facial harmony.

Preparing for Surgery

Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you refrain from taking any aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, ibuprofen or any other type of blood thinner. He will also ensure that your blood pressure has been properly controlled if you have high blood pressure. On the morning of surgery, Dr. Cabbabe will precisely mark the planned incision lines.

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The procedure(s) is approximately 1-2 hours in length. This procedure can be done under local anesthesia, local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Fine sutures will be used and will need to be removed 5-7 days after the procedure.

Your Chin Augmentation will be performed in a hospital or surgery center in St. Louis, MO.


Patients are able to go home after surgery. Pain medication will be prescribed. Bruising and swelling will be present for 1-2 weeks. Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you keep ice on the area to decrease this. He will also ask you to keep your head elevated to decrease swelling and apply antibiotic ointment to the incision line. Patients are able to shower the next day after removing the bandage. Sutures will be removed in 5 – 7 days. You may be asked to wear a chin strap for 2 weeks.


Possible complications include asymmetry of the chin or nerve injury/numbness of the chin or lower lip that improves with time. Fat embolism is possible if fat is utilized. These could potentially require additional surgery.

Recovering from Surgery

Most patients are able to go home the same day. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed. Bruising and swelling may be present around the chin for one to two weeks. Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you keep ice on the surgical site to decrease this. He will also ask you to keep your head elevated to decrease swelling. You may be given a chin strap to wear after surgery for 1 – 2 weeks. Sutures from under the chin are removed in about 7 days.

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