Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty)
A well proportioned bone structure is the foundation upon which the natural beauty of facial structure is based. The appearance or profile of a strong chin or jaw line conveys attractiveness, confidence and strength of character and the placement of chin implants (mentoplasty) is a surgical procedure that improves the patients profile by giving the impression of a stronger chin or jaw line. It is commonly combined with rhinoplasty to balance the nose or with neck procedures to improve the angle between the chin and neck.
If you decide to have a chin implant, it is done through a small incision underneath your chin. It is well hidden and usually heals with a barely noticeable scar, it can also be performed through the mouth which leaves no scar at all. Sometimes submental liposuction is performed as well, in which excess fatty tissue is removed under the jaw line. Fine sutures are used to close the incision, and a dressing is typically placed.
Some swelling can be expected after the procedure. Dr. Pincock will see you a few days after surgery to ensure that you are progressing well. Pain is usually minimal and can be controlled with prescribed medications. A soft food diet may be required for a few days after surgery. The sutures will be removed in about a week and swelling gradually resolves over the next month.
Chin implants can significantly enhance the aesthetic effect of other procedures, such as a facelift or nasal surgery. Prominent cheek bones have been among the more popular facial traits lately and can be reproduced by placement of small implants. The implants are made of synthetic material compatible with the human tissue and are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes