Chin Implant Procedure
*Content provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)
What is Chin Implant Surgery?
Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin by enhancement with a shaped silicone implant to improve the harmony of facial features and improve the chin/jaw/cheek/forehead balance.
Many times a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery or procedures to a patient having a rhinoplasty in order to achieve better facial proportions, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
A chin surgery requires different incisions based on the technique used as well as on your surgeon's preferred approach. Some plastic surgeons work through an incision inside the mouth, whereas other plastic surgeons perform the operation through an incision under your chin.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives or tapes close the skin incisions.
Step 4 – See the results
Your chin surgery will result in a bigger or smaller chin, depending on whether your goal was enhancement or reduction. The results of solid chin implants are permanent.