The implant itself is a medical grade synthetic material with a proven safety record. Chin augmentation is usually performed in an outpatient setting under twilight anesthesia, with very little pain or discomfort. A dressing is placed at the time of surgery and remains in place for 1-2 days. The dissolvable sutures are used and thus do not need to be removed. One can normally return to work or school after 5-7 days if there is no heavy lifting or straining, as most of the healing has taken place by this time. After the mentoplasty, the chin may have a peculiar sensation- this will recede with time. Like any other implant surgery, certain risks must be accepted, i.e. infection, numbness, swelling, asymmetries, discoloration and scars. Like nasal surgery, chin augmentation is most gratifying. It adds a certain harmony to the face- something that has always been lacking, but not necessarily noticed.