When a chin is too small for the face, augmentation can often produce dramatic improvement in facial harmony. Mentoplasty (the procedure to shape or mold the chin) is performed to improve a recessed appearing or small chin.
Generally speaking, when you examine your profile in a mirror, the chin projection should come near an imaginary vertical line dropped from the lower lip. A weak chin may exaggerate the appearance of a large nose or a short neck. For these reasons, a chin implant may be recommended in certain instances of nasal, face-lift, or double chin surgery.
Chin Augmentation & Your Profile
A facelift alone may not gain the desired improvement in the neckline if the chin is weak; nasal plastic surgery may not solve a profile problem if the chin is not ideally aligned. The chin plays an important part in the overall appearance of the profile.
Chin augmentation may also be done as an isolated procedure for persons who have a receding chin that causes an unaesthetic profile. Dental abnormalities, however, cannot be corrected with chin augmentation alone, and sometimes consultation with a dental professional may be advised.
Surgery Performed On Your Chin
To augment the chin, an incision may be made either inside the mouth, just above the crease between the lower lip and the gum, or in a crease under the chin. In most cases, the procedure is performed in the clinic outpatient surgical facility using a combination of twilight and local anesthesia.
The chin implants we use are medical grade, mesh-like or porous material that have a high record of safety and satisfaction. Because of the mesh or porous quality, the tissues are more easily incorporated into the implant, causing it to anchor in place and feel more like the consistency of the surrounding tissues.
Postoperatively, we may place a wraparound dressing that stays in place for several hours. Discomfort and swelling are usually minimal. Initial healing is usually complete in about a week, although there may be some swelling of the chin making it appear prominent. This prominence resolves as the swelling decreases. There may be some unusual sensations such as numbness, stiffness, etc. about the chin for several weeks. These sensations usually decrease as healing continues. As with any surgery it may take a year, occasionally longer, for the healing process to complete.
When chin augmentation is done alone or with a submental lipectomy or rhinoplasty, you may usually return to work, school, etc… in one week. If surgery is done along with a facelift, there is usually a two-week initial recovery period related to the facelift.
The Langsdon Clinic, Memphis Tennessee’s premier chin surgical facility, invites you to contact our office to discuss your needs.