Although many people may not be conscious of it, a weak chin can significantly affect facial appearance, causing the nose to look larger or the neck to look loose. An overly projecting chin on a man can convey a coarse or overly aggressive look, or one excessively masculine for a woman. Mentoplasty refers to alteration of chin contour.
Chin augmentation is often performed to provide a more balanced facial appearance and create a chin that is stronger, wider or longer, depending on the desired shape. This surgery is often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty, liposculpture or neck lifting in order to achieve greater change in facial harmony.
Reduction mentoplasty aims to lessen the over-broad, long or projecting chin.
These procedures are done through a small incision placed inside the lower lip or in a preexisting crease below the chin. Direct changes can be made to the bone by sculpting or repositioning, or alternatively, a small non-reactive, flexible implant made of medical-grade silicone can be secured within a pocket adjacent to the bone. Experience has shown these procedures to be safe and durable over many years.
After the procedure, most patients can return to work and other regular activities within a few days. Mentoplasty is considered a safe procedure with few risks, which can be further reduced by choosing an experienced surgeon to perform your procedure.