Question: I’m a 26-year-old guy and I’d like to get a chin implant. I thought that growing a beard before surgery would help to disguise some of the side effects of surgery and since I think the before and after will be pretty dramatic it might also help ease the transition to make it less obvious that I’ve had surgery. Is it okay to grow a beard before surgery or would I need to shave beforehand?
Answer: I have had a lot of male patients who present with a beard who desire chin augmentation since their beard obviously makes their chin look larger and they like this effect. I personally do not make them shave their beard for the chin augmentation procedure, but we do need to shave the hair underneath the chin where the natural skin crease sits, so if there is beard hair there, I will shave that small area but, otherwise, the whole front of the chin can be left with beard hair. Once the surgery has been performed then the suture underneath the chin has been removed, oftentimes patients will go ahead and then shave their beards and allow their new augmented chin to be visible.