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.

Our office is now open!

Your health (and ours) is our highest priority so we are making a few changes to our reopening so that you can feel safe and confident coming in to see us. We are of course following all federal and local guidelines such as wearing masks and conducting phone screenings prior to your appointment but we are also implementing the following:

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

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

      Asking patients to leave family members or friends at home, unless they are coming with their primary caregiver. Please leave children at home as well


How can you help?

      Come alone to your appointment, unless you need your primary caregiver with you

      Please wear a mask or face covering to your visit and keep it on unless you are asked by Dr. Kearney or an RN to remove it

      Postpone your visit if you have traveled by air or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days

      Use a pen from the holder marked “clean” and put it in the one marked “used” when you’re done

      Use the hand sanitizers in our office

      In the rare case there is someone at the front desk when you come in please take a seat until we call you and maintain proper distance throughout your visit

      Take advantage of our virtual consultations or follow up appointments if it makes you feel more comfortable

Please bear with us as we work to return to our new “normal” and feel free to call or email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff