Chin surgery (mentoplasty)

What is a mentoplasty?

Mentoplasty  is a surgical procedure that reshapes the chin, creating better facial balance that can greatly improve one's self esteem.

What does mentoplasty improve?

Chin surgery can:

  • Strengthen the appearance of a weak chin by advancing it, or augmenting it with use of implants.
  • Reduce the size of the chin to improve overall balance of the face.
  • Chin surgery is sometimes done in tandem with nose surgery to achieve optimal facial proportion.

How is the procedure performed?

Each procedure is individualized according to a patient's specific needs, but a mentoplasty requires anesthesia. If chin advancement is the goal, that procedure involves dividing the chin bone and sliding it forward through a small incision made inside the mouth. This lengthens the jaw. Chin augmentation involves the insertion of an implant, either through a small incision inside the mouth or under the chin. Chin reduction is accomplished through reduction of the bone.

What are the risks?

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Pain and/or change in sensation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Unsatisfactory results

What can be expected after the surgery?

Will I have bandages/drainage tubes?
Your chin may be bandaged after surgery.

How soon return to work?
All cases are different, but most patients are healed and can return to work within two weeks.

How soon achieved results?
It could take several days, maybe weeks to achieve final results.

Is mentoplasty covered by insurance?

Chin surgery is usually a cosmetic surgery and is not covered by insurance companies.