Chin correction

The “magic triangle” between the eyebrows and chin plays a major role in communication between people. A receding or protruding chin as well as a double chin can appear inharmonious, which is often a great burden for those affected. With chin correction, there are many ways to bring the face back into a harmonious balance.

Dr. Dr. Frank Muggenthaler
Facharzt für Mund-Kiefer-Gesichtschirurgie
Ästhetisch-Plastische Operationen

Dr. Dr. Frank Muggenthaler
Specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery
Aesthetic plastic surgery

Chin correction facts


  • Chin correction for double chin
  • Chin correction for protruding chin
  • Chin correction for receding chin

Treatment options:

  • Chin augmentation with the help of implants
  • Soft tissue relining
  • Displacement of the bony chin
  • Displacement of the entire jaw


The decision on the appropriate procedure should also depend on the position of the teeth and jaw.

Operation duration
Approx. 1 hour

Local anesthesia or twilight sleep

Outpatient or overnight stay

Cooling, lymph drainage, physical rest for approx. 10 days

Socially acceptable
After 7 to 10 days

Rare complications
Temporary or permanent (very rare) loss of sensation in the lower lip. Asymmetries that make subsequent corrective surgery necessary. Infections.

Your expert for chin correction

Dr. Muggenthaler has special knowledge of skeletal disorders of facial harmony: During his training as a maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Muggenthaler focused on harmony-improving operations on the cranial skeleton. Orthodontic corrections were and are an important focus of his work. Dr. Muggenthaler consistently applies the valuable knowledge gained over the years for harmony, good proportions and beauty in facial analysis.

Treatment procedure

Depending on its shape, the chin emphasizes the femininity or masculinity of a face. Most people consider a chin to be harmonious if it is about as far forward in profile as the base of the bridge of the nose – slightly less for women and slightly further for men.

Viewed from the front, the “golden ratio” plays a decisive role. The distance between the center of the lips and the chin should be about two thirds of the distance between the center of the lips and the base of the nose. Of course, the shape of the chin in relation to the neighboring regions is also important. An accentuated chin gives the neck profile, while a receding chin has the opposite effect. The relationship to the shape and size of the nose is also important. A receding chin can make the nose appear too large – and vice versa.

Advice & preparation

For profile corrections, it is crucial to analyze the appearance individually, define a clear goal and select the implant shape and size accordingly. To do this, the bony facial structures, including the position of the jaw, must be examined in detail using X-ray images. If the teeth are also misaligned, we recommend combined surgical and orthodontic treatment.

Chin correction surgery

Chin corrections are performed in twilight sleep or under general anesthesia. Small incisions are made inside the mouth in the fold of the upper or lower lip so that the chin or cheekbone can be exposed. This makes it easy to insert the implants. We prefer Goretex implants for the build-up, which are optimally tolerated and are perceived as completely natural after healing. The wounds are closed with absorbable sutures, which make subsequent suture removal unnecessary. The operation does not result in any externally visible scars. Bandages can be completely dispensed with.


Immediately after the procedure, an intensive cooling treatment is carried out to keep swelling and discoloration to a minimum. No pain is to be expected. The stay in the clinic lasts a few hours or, if desired, one night. In the week following the operation, you should avoid strenuous activities and excessive heat, as this delays the complete reduction of swelling. As an alternative to surgical profile correction with Goretex implants, augmentation with hyaluronic acid is also possible. A special hyaluronic acid preparation is available for this purpose, which can be injected into the desired areas with little effort. The shelf life is about 18 months.

Patient voices

The aim of every surgical chin correction is to achieve an optimal balance between good looks and naturalness.

Dr. Dr. Frank Muggenthaler

Frequently asked questions about chin correction

What are the options for chin correction?

Surgically, by relocating the bony chin (osteoplasty) or inserting an implant made of silicone, Goretex or hydroxalappatite. Minimally invasive through padding with hyaluronic acid injections or injections with other materials.

What are the risks of chin correction?

Surgical genioplasty can result in scars in the mouth or on the outer skin, but infections or nerve injuries with persistent loss of sensation in the lip are also possible. Asymmetries and noticeable unevenness can also occur. In rare cases, infections can also occur after minimally invasive corrections.

What is the durability of chin correction?

Permanent results are possible after osteoplasty. After injection treatment with hyaluronic acid, the results will rarely last longer than 12 months. We do not carry out injections with longer-lasting fillers, as the risks would be much greater.

Can an overly prominent chin be reduced?

This is also possible. However, this always requires a displacement of the bony chin. The effort and risks involved are usually greater than with chin augmentation.

Does the chin correction also tighten the neck?

This is possible to a certain extent. However, if there is significant sagging or fatty tissue accumulation in the neck, a neck lift is more effective. However, both methods can also be combined.

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