Genioplasty / Mentoplasty
Chin surgery, also known as genioplasty or mentoplasty, reshapes the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone
What is chin surgery?
Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.
Plastic surgery, and other minor office procedures, can often be performed on the lower jaw line and chin area to improve proportions of the face and to help with one's confidence and self-esteem. These types of interventions are frequently suggested by board-certified plastic surgeons to improve the harmony of facial features and improve the chin/jaw/cheek/forehead balance.
Sometimes bone from the jaw itself can be moved forward in an operation called a mentoplasty or genioplasty. Alternatively, shaped silicone implants can be used to give more projection to the chin. Conversely, bone can be removed to decrease an overly projecting chin. Furthermore, modifications to the upper and/or lower jaw can be advised for improved chewing dynamics and occlusion – or how the teeth fit together. These operations can range from simple to very complex.
Who is a good candidate for
Chin surgery is a highly individualized procedure. It can be a life-changing procedure for patients who are self-conscious about their chin. This procedure should be done for yourself, not for someone else or to conform with any sort of ideal image.
In general, you may be a good chin surgery candidate if:
You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
You have realistic expectations
You are a nonsmoker
You are bothered by the appearance of your chin
You have a chin that is too short or lack projection
If you're considering surgery, spend some time reviewing chin surgery photos and learning about what to expect during recovery. Preparation ahead of time helps patients have reasonable expectations and a smoother recovery.
Your Health & Safety
Before undergoing surgery requiring sedation or general anesthesia, a full medical history including diagnostic tests is recommended. Part of this medical history requires that you provide candid answers to questions about your general state of health, including:
A full disclosure of health history including any illness, prior surgery of any kind and complications from prior surgery
All types of allergies and any reaction to prior anesthesia
Current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
The use of oral contraceptives by women
Before surgery, you must follow all of your plastic surgeon's instructions. This may include:
Cessation of smoking
Stop taking certain types of medications that may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding
On the day of surgery, you may be asked to:
Avoid eating or drinking anything within a defined time period prior to surgery
Follow all postoperative instructions carefully, including cleansing and at-home treatment regimens, and avoid sun exposure. Your cooperation will inﬂuence the outcome of your surgery.