In terms of facial anatomy, the chin is one of the most prominent contributors to the balance of the face. The chin and jawline, though not always considered by the average person when examining the aesthetics of their face, are an important part of the profile that can be enhanced through surgery. Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, can help to achieve facial balance through the use of implants or reduction of the bone. The surgery takes one to three hours to perform. Dr. Jamali will utilize modern computer imaging technology to illustrate his surgical approach and offer patients a glimpse at what their face may look like following chin augmentation.
In the case of a weak chin, augmentation with an implant can help to increase the prominence of the chin by addressing size and alignment. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision in one of two places. The incision will either be placed just under the chin in the natural crease for optimal discretion, or inside the mouth where scars are completely hidden. The tissue of the chin is then gently stretched to create a pocket into which the implant is inserted. Fine sutures are used to close the incision.
Implants are made of synthetic materials but feel very natural. Several sizes and shapes are available to customize the surgery to the anatomy of the patient’s unique face.
Chins that appear too large can be reduced. Incisions are made in the same locations, but instead of inserting an implant, the surgeon will sculpt the bone until a more pleasing size has been reached.
The appearance of a weak or strong chin can also be affected by orthognathic surgery, which repositions the jaw bones.
Dressings are applied to the area following surgery. These dressings may be removed after two or three days. Some tenderness in the chin may be experienced and chewing is typically difficult initially. The tight sensation usually subsides after about one week. Normal activity may be resumed around ten days, with more strenuous activity being put off for the first few weeks. By the sixth week most swelling should have subsided and the improved balance of the face will be noticeable.