A chin that is too big or too small, alters facial harmony and balance. Mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement or reduction surgery of the bone. Chin augmentation can be carried out by either the use of the chin bone itself or more commonly with an implant. There are a variety of chin implants available in Silicone or Medpor. Both implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can augment the chin only or the chin and lower jaw. Many patients who present for nose surgery also benefit from chin augmentation as the size of the chin may magnify the perceived size of the nose.
Chin implants are used to recreate the chin, whether it's to augment or reshape it. Surgery can reduce a protruding chin or augment a sunken chin. Chin implants are used to lengthen the chin to produce a stronger profile for the face. The chin's shape can be made to be smoother or angular, depending on your desires and facial appearance.
Once you have discussed your desired goals with your surgeon, he or she may suggest other procedures to perform in combination with chin implant surgery to reach optimum results. Other surgical procedures such as liposuction may be considered to remove excess fat from the chin or neckline or to care for a double chin. Your surgeon may even recommend chin surgery in conjunction with a rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, to keep your facial features in balance. Likewise, chin implants may be suggested alongside other surgical procedures such as a face lift, eyelid surgery or forehead lift.
During chin implant surgery, the doctor places an incision under the chin or inside the mouth along the lower lip. A pocket is then created for the implant, where the implant is inserted. Once the surgery is completed, your surgeon places tape across the chin to help minimize swelling and ease discomfort. Stitches are removed within about one week.
After chin implant surgery, your chin and neck may have bruising. It may be difficult for you to move your mouth for about a week following the procedure. Limited activity is recommended and your surgeon will provide instructions on proper dental hygiene. A dietary plan may be discussed as well.
Facial implant surgery, such as chin implant surgery, is one of many surgical procedures that improve the facial features that may have been negatively affected by aging or genetics. Other less-invasive alternatives that provide a temporary fix include facial rejuvenation fillers, Botox, Restylane and collage