Mentoplasty (chin augmentation surgery) is a procedure using biocompatible implants to enhance chin contours and improve facial harmony. The small implant can enhance the chin, improve its projection, and reduce its recess. It is often done concurrently with a facelift, double chin surgery, or rhinoplasty to achieve aesthetic balance and facial harmony.
When a chin is too small (weak chin), chin augmentation can produce improvement to the alignment between the nose, lips, and chin. A weak chin can often exaggerate the size of these other parts of the face, bringing the whole facial profile out of balance.
When examining your profile in the mirror, your chin’s projection should come near an imaginary line dropped vertically from your lower lip. If it is short of this line, a chin enhancement may be considered.
Chin Augmentation & Your Profile
A facelift alone may not achieve the desired improvement in the neckline if your chin is weak. A rhinoplasty may not solve a profile problem with the nose if the chin is not ideally aligned. The chin plays an important part in the appearance of your profile.
Chin augmentation may be done as an isolated procedure for patients who have a receding chin causing an imbalanced profile. Any dental irregularities cannot be corrected with chin augmentation, so consultation with a dental professional may be advised.
Your Consultation for Chin Augmentation in Memphis
With your chin enhancement consultation, you are encouraged to discuss your concerns, ask questions, and share what you expect from the chin enhancement procedure. Dr. Langsdon will examine your face, listen to your concerns and give you a realistic expectation of what can be accomplished. He will then make recommendations and share his expertise with you to formulate a surgical plan.
If you are a suitable candidate, you will be provided information to make a wise decision.
Before and after pictures of satisfied patients from Memphis and surrounding areas will be provided for you to review. Although each person’s facial features are different, the photos can give you an idea of what might be accomplished.
Dr. Langsdon will discuss the chin augmentation procedure, your unique facial anatomy, and what you can expect leading up to, and during chin surgery. He will explain the healing process and what to expect during recovery. It is important both you and Dr. Langsdon agree as to the aesthetics and process of your chin enhancement surgery so you can reach optimal results.
Memphis-based Dr. Langsdon believes that patients should be well-informed to provide the best opportunity for a successful chin augmentation procedure.
Chin Augmentation Before and After Images
Prime Candidates Chin Augmentation in Memphis
You are a good candidate for chin enhancement if:
- You are healthy and have no medical conditions which can impede healing
- You are a non-smoker
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals
- You are concerned about the profile of your chin
Dr. Langsdon will evaluate your chin and facial profile to discuss with you what facial procedures may be implemented, if any, in concert with your chin augmentation.
What to Expect During Chin Augmentation in Memphis
To enlarge the chin, an incision will be made inside the mouth just above the crease between the lower lip and the gum, or in a crease under the chin. Your chin augmentation procedure will be performed in our 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 which have a high record of safety and satisfaction. With 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. Occasionally, other types of implants may be recommended.
Recovery for Chin Augmentation
A wraparound dressing which stays in place for several hours may be administered after chin surgery. Discomfort and swelling are usually minimal. Initial healing is usually complete within a week, although there may be some swelling of the chin making it appear prominent. This prominence subsides as the swelling decreases. There may be some unusual sensations like numbness and stiffness about the chin for several weeks. These sensations usually decrease as the healing process continues. As with any surgery it may take a year for the healing process to be complete.
When chin augmentation is done as a stand-alone procedure, done with a submental lipectomy, or done with a rhinoplasty, you may return to normal activities within one week. If chin surgery is done with a facelift, there is usually a two-week initial recovery period related to the facelift.
Choosing the Right Surgeon for Chin Enhancement in Memphis
Any physician in Memphis with a medical license can perform chin surgery legally, despite no training or experience in the field.
A highly experienced board-certified Facial plastic surgeon is an excellent consideration for a successful chin augmentation. It is good to make sure the doctor you choose is in good standing with the various medical boards and the Memphis healthcare community. Education, experience, and satisfied patients should also factor into your decision.
When choosing a surgeon for chin augmentation in Memphis, you should focus on the entire staff. You will lean on every member during your recovery so they should be professional, compassionate, and friendly. You should be comfortable with everyone associated with your chin augmentation procedure.
You should meet with the surgeon in personal and visit the facility where the chin surgery will be performed. Take the time to do your research.
Meet Dr. Langsdon
Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS is Professor and Chief, Division Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Oto-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. Dr. Langsdon’s career has been limited and focused entirely on Facial Plastic Surgery and he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence in this field.
Why Dr. Langsdon?
Dr. Phillip R. Langsdon knew early on he wanted to be a plastic surgeon, and today he specializes in procedures pertaining to the face. He trained in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Indiana University. He was then accepted for advanced training in a yearlong fellowship for cosmetic surgery of the face through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery organization. He is board-certified by the same organization.