Chin surgery, which refers to both mentoplasty (chin reduction) and genioplasty (chin augmentation) procedures, is designed to improve chin contouring and balance of facial features by either permanently reducing an overly strong chin or augmenting a weak chin.
Chin augmentation is most often achieved using chin implants to improve chin contouring and facial harmony by increasing its projection, whereas chin reduction entails shaving down the chin bone to improve chin contouring and facial harmony by decreasing its projection.
Is chin surgery right for you?
If you feel your chin creates an unflattering profile or does not “fit” the rest of your facial features, you may be a candidate for chin surgery.
For patients who want to get rid of a weak chin or improve neck contour, chin augmentation is typically recommended, along with neck liposuction. Chin reduction surgery is typically recommended for patients who wish to diminish their overly dominate chin and bring a sense of harmony and balance to their facial features.
What to expect during chin surgery
Whether you seek chin enlargement or reduction, chin surgery takes about one to two hours, depending on the complexity of your case, and may be done under local anesthesia with conscious sedation or general anesthesia.
Very small incisions are placed under the chin or inside the lower lip and either a chin implant is inserted to augment the chin, or an electric drill device is used to shave down and reduce the chin. Once the incisions are stitched closed, tape is applied to the chin.
Chin surgery recovery
Due to the effects of anesthesia, you will need a ride home immediately following your chin surgery, unless your case is complex enough to require an overnight hospital stay. Pain medication will be prescribed to help you manage post-operative pain.
Be sure to keep your head elevated and apply cold compresses to surgical site for the first few days after surgery to minimize swelling and bruising. Additionally, remember to keep your incisions clean and dry.
Within one week, most patients return to normal daily activity, however strenuous exercise and other vigorous activity should be avoided for at least three weeks after surgery.
Although your chin surgery results will be immediately visible, it takes about one month for your final result to become nearly apparent and three to five months for lingering swelling to clear.
Dr. Weston will schedule post-operative appointments with you to check your progress. It is essential that you keep these appointments, in addition to following all post-operative instructions given to you after surgery, as this will ensure optimal results are achieved.