Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, is a procedure which uses an implant inserted into the chin area to build up a receding chin or otherwise reshape the jaw line. Performed on men and women of all ages, this procedure can create balance among the facial features and improve the overall facial harmony. Chin augmentation is often combined with rhinoplasty surgery as increasing the size of a small chin can help to balance out a large nose.
In chin augmentation surgery, a small incision may be made just beneath the chin area or along the lower lip on the inside of the mouth. Through this incision, the surgeon will gently stretch the tissue to create a space or "pocket" to hold the implant. The implant is then inserted and fine sutures are used to close the incision. The implants used for chin augmentation come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials and are custom fitted to the individual patient.
Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure which usually takes between thirty minutes and one hour to perform. Local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia may be used. Discomfort after surgery is generally mild and can be controlled with pain medication. Some degree of swelling and bruising can be expected. Patients may initially find it difficult to smile and talk after surgery and dietary restrictions may be necessary if the incision is located on the inside of the mouth. All sutures are removed within five to seven days or dissolve on their own, allowing for a return to most regular activity within one week. Activities in which the face may be bumped or jarred should be postponed for a minimum of six weeks.