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The Chinny Chin Chin Implant

Who do you think might benefit from a chin implant: A patient with a small chin bone or a patient who wants a facelift to improve the looseness of her lower face and neck areas? If you said both, you’re correct. It’s easy to understand how a chin implant would help a patient with a weak chin profile, but it isn’t usually on the list of someone seeking a facelift. Jowls and loose neck skin are often more noticeable in people without a strong chin, so it follows that those interested in improving their lower faces and necks are often good candidates for a chin implant.

A facelift and a chin implant often complement one another. The facelift can get rid of extra skin, but without a chin implant, the skin will fit over the bony structure like a tent draped over a frame that’s too small. A chin implant can give that additional length to create a more youthful angle beneath the jaw.

Some patients interested in reducing the size of their noses through nose reshaping may be unaware that their chins are small. For those patients, a chin implant in combination with a rhinoplasty nicely balances out the face.

A chin implant can be placed through a tiny skin incision discreetly placed beneath the chin. The implant we use in our practice fits like a glove over the bone. Once a tunnel is made, the implant slides right in. After the swelling has settled down, the implant is difficult to feel, and the satisfaction rate is very high.

Chin implants can be a subtle way to improve the balance and the framework of the face and nose. So chin up, and put your best face forward!

Dr. Heather Furnas

About Dr. Heather Furnas

Inspired by watching her plastic surgeon father operate in African bush hospitals, Dr. Heather Furnas followed in his footsteps, training at Stanford and serving on the Harvard clinical faculty. She and her husband, Dr. Paco Canales, practice together in Santa Rosa, California, where they raised their two children. (To learn more about their practice, visit She believes an informed patient is more likely to be a happy patient and is committed to providing that education. If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to learn more about, she would love to hear from you!

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2 Responses to The Chinny Chin Chin Implant

  1. Suzette says:

    Wow! I had no idea a chin implant could do so much! What amazing results you guys create! Keep up the great work ­čÖé

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