Chin augmentation ‘Mentoplasty’
The role of the chin
A chin that has a proper projection and dimensions is crucial to the balance of the facial features in the profile view.
A weak chin, in addition to disturbing the beauty of the facial profile, has the effect of portraying the nose as bigger than it really is. In other words, the weaker the chin is, the larger the nose looks.
This is the reason why many facial plastic surgeons suggest to their patients to add a chin surgery to their rhinoplasty in order to achieve a better nasal result and to restore the harmony of the facial contour. Patients are often surprised to hear this suggestion from their surgeon. However, once the surgeon explains the chin importance by photos or computer imaging, the effect of a weak chin in causing visual prominence to the nose becomes evident.
The Chin Augmentation Surgery
The surgeon places an incision in the natural line under the chin area, or inside of the lower lip. A space is created over the central part of the bony mandible. The implant is usually synthetic, made of a rubber-like or fabric-like material. The incision is then closed. The incision, whether external or internal, heals usually well and is not easily noticed.
The Recovery Period
Following the surgery, you may have mild pain, some discomfort, some numbness and occasional bruising. All these side effects improve slowly over time.
Returning to work is possible within a week or even earlier.
The facial outcome of chin augmentation is evident from the first week after the procedure. The close-to-final result may be seen few months later.
In general, a chin implant will have a remarkable beneficial effect on the nose and the whole profile of the face.