Channel Kirk Douglas

During this worst year ever, where we’ve all been stuck inside enough to have watched everything on Netflix. OK, that’s impossible, but you get the idea. Anyway, you may have come across an old Kirk Douglas western or his most famous role, Spartacus, and you sat back and admired that chin of his.

Damn. Now that’s a chin for the ages.

A weak chin can make your face seem undefined and fleshy. Your chin can also be out of proportion with the rest of your face. It may seem too small or maybe overly pointy.

We all can’t have chins like Kirk Douglas, but more definition would be nice.

Chin augmentation with implants is the way to change your chin. Dr. Kearney performs these procedures for his patients from all around the San Diego area.

What is chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation uses the insertion of implants, usually made from GORE-TEX or silicone, to change the patient’s chin and lower face. Many patients feel their chin isn’t proportional with the rest of their facial features. Others rue having an overly pointy chin. Many people feel as if their chin actually recedes, making the lower portion of their face seem somewhat featureless.

In this procedure, Dr. Kearney makes an incision in the mouth or under the chin and inserts the implant.

How is chin augmentation done?

During your consultation, Dr. Kearney and you will discuss the best location for your incision, either inside the mouth between the gum and lower lip or underneath the chin. Obviously, an incision made within the mouth leaves no visible scar, but it makes recovery a little more involved. You would think an incision under the chin would be visible, but that area of the face is rarely, if ever, seen on most people. Plus, Dr. Kearney makes the scar barely noticeable.

Once the incision is made, the next step is to create a pocket for the implant. He does this in front of the jawbone. The implant is then inserted, and Dr. Kearney checks to see how the position and balance looks. He may adjust the implant pocket at this point. Once satisfied, the implant is sutured permanently into place and the incision is closed.


There will be some swelling and bruising after your chin augmentation. The chin area will also likely feel tight, thanks to the new implant. There will probably also be some numbness and tingling. If your incision is inside your mouth, you will be on a soft diet for a few days. Most patients can return to work and typical activities in a week or so.

Want to go all Spartacus on your chin? Dr. Kearney can give it the Kirk Douglas treatment. Call us at (858) 677-9352 and set up a consultation for chin augmentation.

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      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

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