Chin Implant Surgery (Mentoplasty)

Chin augmentation using surgical implants can alter the underlying structure of the face, providing better balance to the facial features. This can take the form of chin height reduction or chin rounding by osteotomy, or chin augmentation using implants. Rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose) specialists often suggest that changes in chin size or shape may enhance a profile as much as rhinoplasty. It is common to recommend chin surgery in addition to nose surgery to achieve facial balance and harmony. Fortunately, this is a relatively straightforward procedure that can make a major difference.

Understanding the surgery

To augment the chin, an incision is made either in the natural crease line just under the chin or inside the mouth, where gum and lower lip meet. By gently stretching this tissue, a space is created where an implant can be inserted. This implant, made of synthetic material that feels much like natural tissue normally found in the chin, is available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. This allows custom fitting of the implant to the configurations of the patient’s face. After implantation, fine sutures will be used to close the incision. When the incision is inside the mouth, no scarring is visible. If the incision is under the chin, the scar is usually imperceptible. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia.

Improving the shape of the chin can be accomplished with several techniques. At your consultation with Dr. Heinrich he will provide you with the information you need to make the best aesthetic choice for your face.

What to expect after the surgery

Immediately after surgery, a dressing is applied that will remain in place for two to three days. Dr. Heinrich will prescribe medication to control any post-operative discomfort. Chewing will probably be limited immediately after, and a liquid and soft food diet may be required for a few days after surgery. Most patients feel a stretched, tight sensation after the surgery, which usually subsides within a week.

Most swelling should dissipate within 6 weeks and you can enjoy the results of your procedure. Rigorous activity may be prohibited for the first few weeks after surgery. Normal activity can be resumed after approximately ten days. Results are permanent.