Chin Implants

Chin Implants in San Diego & La Jolla

You may be a candidate for a chin implant if:

  • You have a receding chin
  • You have a chin that looks too small in comparison with your other facial features
  • Your profile shows a receding chin that could be increased for more prominence and balance

The ideal outcome for a chin implant procedure is to have an improved profile and a more attractive jaw line that creates a better balance between your chin and other facial features. Many patients choose to have a chin implant placed at the time rhinoplasty is performed in order to give balance and symmetry to their profile.


Dr. Kearney performs chin implants as an out patient procedure and can be done under either local or general anesthesia. An incision is made inside the lower lip or directly under the chin and an implant is placed and then sutured in and the incision is closed. Though performed less often, there is an alternative method for chin enlargement called a sliding osteotomy where a portion of the chin bone is permanently moved forward.


Patients can go home following surgery and usually have a small dressing over the chin area where the incision was made. Dr. Kearney will prescribe medication to help control initial discomfort but most patients are able to return to work 3-5 days after a chin implant. Most bruising and swelling is gone within 7-10 days though there may be some tenderness and numbness that can last up to a month.

Dr. Kearney and our staff are more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about chin augmentation in La Jolla and San Diego. Please contact our office at (858) 677-9352 or fill out our online form.

After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
  • Answering machine: Please do NOT leave important messages on the after hours greeting during the next 2 weeks as they may not be checked in a timely manner. Instead, we ask you to call or email during the above hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff