Chin Implant Surgery (Mentoplasty)

Chin implant surgery (or mentoplasty) reshapes the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone. This improves the underlying structure of the face, providing a more harmonious, attractive appearance.

Many times, a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery to a patient who is also having nose surgery to achieve facial proportion because the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose. Chin surgery provides a harmonious balance to your features.

Chin implants are made out of both solid and semi-solid materials. The implantation method must be tailored to the individual patient.

A pocket is created at the chin and an implant is placed into the pocket. The incision may be placed in the crease lines under the chin or in the mouth. Some patients need more extensive surgery to re-position the bone of the chin.

After Surgery

Some swelling and bruising can occur, but this can be treated by applying tape or other material. The tape is removed about a week after surgery. Pain and discomfort lasts for several days post surgery, but can be eased with oral pain medication. Some facial movements, such as talking and smiling, may be difficult for several days following the surgery, depending upon your personal recovery time.