The chin can dramatically affect the overall appearance of the face by providing balance, definition and beauty. If the chin is weak or overly prominent, the overall facial appearance may suffer. Chin augmentation, also known as mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure which uses implants to build up a receding or weak chin. Many people seek chin augmentation for aesthetic purposes, though the surgery can also help to correct congenital or traumatic abnormalities.
While often performed on its own, chin augmentation is commonly combined with Rhinoplasty. This is because there is a strong relationship between the appearance of the chin and the nose. For example, a receding or weak chin may make a large nose appear even larger. Improving the chin can help to balance out the other facial features for improved harmony. Chin augmentation may also be combined with the neck lift to address aging concerns.
Dr. Rubinstein performs chin augmentation in New York on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia and light sedation. A small incision is made in the skin crease beneath the chin or on the inside of the mouth along the lower lip. The implant is then inserted through the incision and positioned over the jaw bone before closing the incision. The surgery typically takes thirty minutes to an hour to complete.
There are many different types of facial implants which may be used for chin augmentation, including implants made of non-toxic, non-fluid filled materials like solid silicone and polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon).
A small dressing or bandage may be applied to the chin after surgery and this is usually removed after a few days. Patients may experience some discomfort which usually lasts for a few days after surgery and can be controlled with medication. Bruising and swelling are common, with the majority of bruising fading within two weeks while swelling may last several weeks. Patients are typically able to return to work within a few days to one week following their cheek augmentation surgery. However, exercise and more strenuous activities should be postponed for several weeks.
All surgeries carry potential risks. Complications from chin augmentation are generally rare but may include adverse anesthesia reaction, infection, unnatural shape and implant shifting.