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Chin Augmentation FAQ

Dr. Houtan Chaboki specializes in facial plastic surgery. He performs chin augmentation with implants to help his Washington, DC and Maryland area patient attain balance among their facial features. This page contains answers to some the questions he is most commonly asked about chin augmentation surgery.

To learn more about chin augmentation and other procedures to help you look more attractive, request your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085.

1. How much does Chin Augmentation cost?

The final price of chin augmentation includes the cost of the surgery itself, procedure costs associated with the facility, and other fees. Most people who undergo chin augmentation pay between $5,000 and $7,500.*

2. Does insurance cover Chin Augmentation surgery?

Dr. Chaboki provides the finest in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at affordable prices, and participates with most insurance plans. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. Our office accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out if your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly for patients; however, chin augmentation is generally not covered.

3. Where is Chin Augmentation performed?

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients. Minor procedures with local anesthesia are performed in the DC office (nonsurgical facelift with injectable fillers). Chin augmentation surgery with IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia is performed at accredited facilities with a board-certified anesthesiologist.

  • Georgetown University Medical Center
  • The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • MedStar Surgery Center

4. What is recovery like after Chin Augmentation?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures may be a few hours to several days, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated. Office procedures are performed under local anesthesia, if any anesthesia is required. Surgical procedures are performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia and require a longer recovery period. Anesthesia normally wears off within the first 24 hours after surgery.

5. Will smoking affect my recovery after Chin Augmentation?

Smoking adversely affects your recovery. One may develop pneumonia, and treated areas don't heal as well or may become infected. The blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary healing of the area. Patients must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications, and continue smoking cessation after the procedure.

6. What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after Chin Augmentation surgery?

Dr. Chaboki performs a complete history and physical on all patients prior to undergoing cosmetic treatments. Chin augmentation is usually safe for patients with chronic, stable medical conditions. However, chin augmentation may be delayed or cancelled as needed for patient safety. Dr. Chaboki will work with his cosmetic patients to help find a safe, appropriate plastic surgery option for them.

7. How long is the Chin Augmentation procedure?

Chin augmentation is a relatively quick surgical procedure. The length of surgery may range from 1 hour or longer, if combined with other cosmetic surgery.

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8. Will I need time off work after Chin Augmentation?

Most patients plan at least a few days or one week off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures.

9. When can I resume regular exercise after Chin Augmentation surgery?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient's medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed 2 weeks after the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed 6 weeks after surgery.

10. Can I combine cosmetic Chin Augmentation with other facial surgery?

Yes, it's generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area, such as fat transfer and face lifting. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding 2 separate procedures. Commonly combined procedures with chin augmentation surgery include the following:

11. How much time passes between the initial consultation and Chin Augmentation surgery?

Generally, a minimum of 2 weeks are allowed from the consultation to prepare for surgery. Select procedures may be performed earlier. Nonsurgical procedures may be performed at the same time as the initial consultation.

* Price information is an estimation and individual pricing will vary. All prices are subject to change and costs are non-refundable.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.