Chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty or genioplasty, refers to surgical procedures that increase or decrease the projection of your chin. Chin surgery may involve advancement, reduction or reshaping of the chin bone, as well as chin augmentation or chin implant surgery.
About Chin Surgery
Considering chin surgery
Adult men and women ages 18-65 who wish to achieve greater facial balance and harmony and improve chin projection and proportion may be good chin surgery candidates.
As with any surgery, chin surgery patients should be non-smokers in good physical and mental health. It is also important that bone growth be complete before chin surgery is attempted.
Adding volume to your chin with surgery
Chin augmentation involves surgically advancing the chin bone or placing a silicone, Goretex or other alloplastic chin implant above the chin bone. In both cases, volume is added to the chin area, augmenting a receding or weak chin.
A chin implant is placed either through a small incision in the lower lip, inside the mouth, or under the chin. Dr. Motlagh will help you select a chin implant size that will provide you with the desired amount of chin projection.
Advancement of the chin bone is achieved using an incision in the lower lip, inside the mouth. The edge of the chin bone is separated so the tip of the chin may be detached and moved forward. Wires or bone plates and screws are used to hold the detached piece of bone in place.
Stitches and surgical tape are typically used to close chin surgery incisions, and liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with chin surgery to further improve chin and jawline definition.
Reducing the size of your chin with surgery
Chin reduction surgery, like chin implant surgery, requires a surgical incision inside your mouth in the lower lip or under your chin. An electric surgical instrument is used to shave your chin bone, and the incision is closed with stitches and surgical tape.
General anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation may be used for chin reduction and chin augmentation, depending on your individual needs and the complexity of your case.
Healing after chin surgery
Typically, chin surgery patients can return home immediately following surgery, however occasionally an overnight hospital stay is required. Temporary bruising, swelling and numbness or sensation loss will likely occur and should resolve gradually over the next few weeks.
Keeping your head elevated should help reduce swelling and pain as much as possible, and pain medication will also be prescribed to help manage discomfort.
Chin surgery complications are rare, but it is important to report prolonged discomfort or signs of infection (e.g. fever, incision discharge, foul smell, wound bleeding) to your doctor so immediately treatment may be administered.
The initial chin surgery recovery period is about 7-10 days, after which time patients may return to work and normal daily activites. Final chin augmentation and chin reduction results are typically seen after several months, when all residual swelling has completely resolved.
It is important to follow your pre- and post-operative care instructions and keep all of your follow-up appointments after chin surgery so Dr. Motlagh can monitor your healing and recovery process.
Our office in Tyler, Texas is centrally located for chin surgery patients who have traveled from Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and the Shreveport, Louisiana areas for chin augmentation or reduction.