Chin Augmentation Procedure in Norwalk, Connecticut

Dr. Laurence Kirwan. is one of the most experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in Norwalk, Connecticut, and in the entire country. He is a recognized international leader in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He offers a superior level of knowledge, care and understanding to help you achieve the look you desire.

Conveniently Located: Every patient is a VIP. For your chin augmentation appointment, you will see Dr. Kirwan himself at every single appointment. Our Norwalk, CT location is conveniently located in between Manhattan, New York and New Haven, Connecticut. Patients regularly visit from across Connecticut (Stamford, Greenwich, Stratford, Fairfield, Westport, Bridgeport, Darien, New Canaan, Trumbull), New York ( Manhattan, NYC, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, White Plains, Harrison), New Jersey and other neighboring cities/towns for their chin augmentation and other plastic surgery procedures. Our office is close to all of the New York Airports for patients who are coming from out-of-state or other countries.


Dr. Kirwan’s philosophy for chin implants is that they should be positioned in a space created immediately against the bone. They should be immobile and should not placed in the loose tissues of the face so that they move around. The patient should be unaware of a foreign substance and the implant should be a seamless part of their body shape and image.

Chin Augmentation Video

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirwan and welcome to my website on plastic surgery and in particular, this page on Chin Augmentation. I’m certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and I’ve been in practice in Fairfield County for over 25 years. Did you know that chin augmentation can be performed in our accredited surgical facility and a local anesthesia only? And this means that you can drive yourself to and from the office. Recovery is fairly rapid and fairly painless. Please call my office for a consultation so that we can do computer imaging and show you the potential for this very powerful procedure. Please also check out my gallery so that you can see the results of patients who’ve had chin augmentation. Please call my office for an appointment. I really look forward to seeing you. Thank you. I.

Age Group

 Chin augmentation is indicated for two distinct groups:

  • Young adults with deficient chin development. These patients may also need a simultaneous reduction of the nose.
  • Younger and older patients with poor neck definition who may need a neck lift and/or a facelift combined with a chin implant.

For a more detailed analysis of chin augmentation see Dr. Kirwan’s article.

Chin Implants Technique

A small incision is made in the crease beneath the chin. A space is created next to the bone for the implant. The space is washed with antibiotic and the implant is positioned. After making sure that the size and position of the implant is ideal, the wound is closed. In the case of patients requiring more neck definition the procedure may be combined with a neck and lower face-lift as well as liposuction of the neck. Different shapes and sizes of implants are used depending on the need to correct the forward projection of the chin as well as the width and height of the central jawline.


A solid silicone implant is used. This type of implant is easily placed without excessive trauma to the tissue and it can be removed or changed without difficulty. A wide range of sizes and shapes is available to create the best contour. Extended chin implants are used for patients with a depression in front of the  jowl area. Square implants are often more desirable in the male. 


Injections of Hyaluronic Acid fillers such as  JUVÉDERM® VOLUX® XC may allow soft tissue correction but the results last for 6-24 months and are not permanent. Fat Injection is another alternative and results may be permanent but usually require 2-3 treatments. The result is less predictable although no surgery is required.  Fat injection can be performed at the same time as a face-lift.


Bruising is usually minimal but can occur. Swelling lasts for about a week. The contour will continue to change after this point and the final appearance will not be apparent until six months after surgery.

Risks and complications

Potentials risks of all surgery are bleeding and infection. Specific risks of placement of a chin implant are damage to the mental and marginal mandibular nerves providing sensation and movement to the lips. Surgery is performed in the space next to the bone so that the implant is safely positioned and the nerves are protected. The mental nerve which provides sensation is often identified and by using the space next to the bone, the marginal mandibular nerve which provides movement to the face, is protected as it passes above the bone in the overlying muscle. Transient dysfunction of both nerves is possible after surgery. Other risks of surgery are asymmetry of the implant, displacement or dissatisfaction with the size (too small or too large). All of these factors are evaluated during surgery to obtain the best result. 

Related Procedures

Chin implants can be combined with a rhinoplasty or a face-lift. A patient with a large nose may also have a small chin. Face-lift patients with a flattened chin or sagging of the chin pad or lack of neck contour can do well with a chin augmentation.


Before & After Photos