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Chin Augmentation

Your complete guide and quick links to everything you want to know about Chin Augmentaion in Sydney!

Who Seeks Chin Augmentation?

If you feel unhappy or self-conscious about having an under-developed chin, you can take comfort that  Chin Augmentation, either  non-surgically, or surgically by inserting a Chin Implant, can dramatically improve your profile and overall facial appearance. 

1. Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation

Regulations Prohibit The Terms 'Chin Filler' & 'Dermal Filler'

On 7 March 2024, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia’s government authority responsible for assessing, monitoring, and regulating medicines and medical devices, reinforced its regulations on the advertising of cosmetic injectables.

TGA reminded doctors that Anti Wrinkle Injections, Dermal Fillers, and Fat Dissolving Injections are Schedule 4 prescription medicines and therefore, are not permitted in the advertising of cosmetic health services. Also prohibited are before/after photographs and prices of such treatments. The TGA has the power to prosecute and fine clinics contravening these regulations.

In effect, this means that previously popular terms such as ‘Wrinkle Reducing Injections’, ‘Anti Wrinkle Injections’, ‘Dermal Fillers’, ‘Lip Fillers’ etc. are not permitted on the reasoning that those terms would result in a reasonable consumer understanding that the terms promote the use or supply of a prescription medicine.

On its website, TGA currently states:

“Either directly or indirectly, you cannot make any reference in your advertisement for cosmetic injection services to prescription-only substances or to product trade names of such products. This includes acronyms, nicknames, abbreviations and hashtags, which may be taken by a consumer as a reference to a specific prescription-only medicine or substance.

This includes:

  • anti-wrinkle injections
  • dermal fillers
  • injectable products used for improvement of the appearance of submental fat.”


Accordingly, in compliance with TGA’s regulations, Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic regrets to advise that it can no longer provide information on its website regarding Chin Augmentation with Dermal Fillers, nor showcase its ‘before & after’ photographs of such treatments.

Henceforth, all detailed information on Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation & Chin Filler treatments will only be available at a consultation.

Reassuringly, our clinic will continue to provide its full range of non-surgical procedures under the highest of professional standards by ‘doctors only’ as it has always done over the last 30 years!

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2. Chin Augmentation With A Chin Implant

A surgically inserted Chin Implant is an ideal solution for those who:

  • Prefer a permanent correction of their under-developed chin; or
  • Those whose degree of chin under-development cannot be corrected by chin fillers alone. 
Example of a degree of Chin Under-Development unlikely to be adequately corrected with Chin Fillers and therefore more suited  to a Chin Implant
Example of a degree of Chin Under-Development unlikely to be adequately corrected non-surgically and therefore more suited to a Chin Implant

A Chin Implant can be inserted either through a very small incision placed under the chin, or through an incision placed inside the lower lip to avoid any external scar on the skin. 

Chin Implants are made of a pliable synthetic material such as silicone or other alloplastic material that can be moulded around the bone to provide the desired amount of projection and shape for a stable, long-lasting and natural-looking correction. All Chin Implants come in a variety of contours and sizes to suit every patient’s requirement. 

Chin Implant Surgery is performed in a Licensed Hospital or Day Surgery Facility under General Anaesthesia and takes 1-1½ hours to do.

However, you do not have to stay in hospital. You can go home shortly after the procedure, but you cannot go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also be with you during the first 24 hours. 


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'Pros & Cons' of Chin Implants

The Pros:

  • When performed through the mouth, you’ll avoid any scar on the skin.
  • You will not only improve your profile but also your overall facial appearance.
  • A permanent correction will avoid the repetitive cost of non-surgical treatments.
  • Chin Implants are intended to be long lasting and not require revision or replacement.
  • It may be the only option for a very receded chin that cannot be sufficiently corrected non-surgically.

The Cons:

  • Chin Implant Surgery requires around 2 weeks off work. 
  • It is a surgical procedure under general anaesthesia and like any form of surgery, there are risks and potential complications.

Potential Risks & Complications of Chin Implant Surgery

Surgery and anaesthesia nowadays are considered generally safe, but both do have potential risks and complications which may include:

Specific to Chin Implant Surgery:

  • Pain, bruising and swelling around the operated site(s). These are normal, expected and temporary.
  • Ongoing pain.
  • Prolonged swelling.
  • Post-operative bleeding.
  • Hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin) which if large, may require a return to theatre to be evacuated.
  • Chin asymmetry.
  • Chin Implant displacement.
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation which are usually temporary, rarely permanent.
  • Seroma (excess fluid accumulation under the skin) requiring one or more aspirations with a needle & syringe.
  • Slow or poor healing of incisions. More likely in smokers and diabetics.
  • Wound infection requiring wound care and antibiotics.
  • Wide or thickened scars (hypertrophic or keloid) could occur when the incision has been made in the skin as opposed to intra-orally. Pigmented skin scars are more likely in those with brown or Asian skin.
  • Skin breakdown which could require skin grafting.

General Risks:

  • Allergic reaction to medications, sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions.
  • Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) and its potential to cause life-threatening Pulmonary Embolism.
  • Adverse Reactions to Anaesthesia or Medication: The safety of anaesthesia nowadays in Australia is well established. Nevertheless, potential risks exist with all anaesthesia and unexpected reactions can occur. These may include nausea, vomiting, and allergic reactions ranging from minor to severe. Respiratory failure, heart failure, heart attack and stroke are rare but documented risks of any general anaesthesia.

Chin Implant Surgery ‘Before & Afters’

2 Months After Chin Implant
(Dr Adam Honeybrook)

The Cost of Chin Implant Surgery

  • Chin Implant Surgery

The total cost of Chin Implant Surgery is made up of the following individual costs:

  • Surgical Fee: From $4,400
  • Hospital Fee: Hospitals differ in their hourly rates for Operating Theatres. Our Surgeon will advise you of your approximate hospital costs once it has been determined which hospital you will be attending.
  • Anaesthetist Fee: This will basically depend on the duration of the surgery. Anaesthetic Fees are generally around $880/hour.
  • Chin Implant Cost: varies according to brand.

Can I Claim a Medicare or Private Health Insurance Rebate?

Surgical procedures for cosmetic reasons are not eligible for a Medicare Rebate.

Accordingly, there is no Medicare Rebate for Chin Implant Surgery, nor can you claim your Hospital Fees through Private Health Insurance.

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Terms & Conditions

  • Consultations must be pre-paid at time of booking.
  • Once pre-paid, all consultations are non-refundable and non-transferable but can be moved to another date with at least 3 working days’ notice.
  • Cancellations with less than 3 working days’ notice and ‘no shows’ are not refundable or transferable and will incur a new consultation fee to re-book.
  • All payments by Credit Card & Debit Card attract a 0.3% surcharge and Amex a 1.5% surcharge.
  • The Medical Board of Australia’s new Regulations which came into effect on 1 July 2023 require that:
    • All patients seeking a consultation regarding cosmetic surgery must provide a referral and the referral must be from a GP or other specialist who does not perform cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic services themselves.
    • If a patient arrives without a referral, the Regulations recommend that the doctor should refrain from seeing the patient – in which event, any pre-paid consultation fee would be lost.

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