Chin Implant and Chin Augmentation
Mentoplasty, also referred to as chin surgery or chin augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure able to bring better harmony to the facial features by improving the appearance of a receding or overly prominent chin. A receding chin may by improved with the insertion of an implant or by moving the bone forward. A prominent chin, on the other hand, is improved by reducing and sculpting the bone. Chin surgery may also involve the removal of excess fatty tissue via submental liposuction or surgery of the jaw when malocclusions or birth defects of the jaw structure are present. Good candidates for mentoplasty include individuals who are looking to improve the appearance of the chin or jaw area and who are physically healthy and realistic in their expectations.
Mentoplasty may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia. The surgery may take place in a surgeon's office-based surgical facility, an outpatient surgery center or a hospital and surgical times can vary from under an hour to about three hours depending upon the extent of the work. Incisions are typically made in one of two locations: either beneath the chin within a natural or crease or inside of the mouth where the gum and lower lip meet. To build up a receding chin with an implant, the surgeon will made the incision then gently stretch the tissue to create a space into which the implant is then inserted. To reduce a prominent chin, the surgeon will made the incision and then sculpt the bone to the desired shape and size.
After surgery, patients may experience a stretched, tight sensation along with some tenderness. Pain medication can help to control any discomfort that patients experience. Dressings are usually removed within two to three days after surgery while the sutures are usually removed or dissolve on their own within five to seven days. Chewing may be limited and a liquid and soft food diet may need to be followed during the first few days after surgery. Swelling and bruising are common and the majority of swelling will dissipate within about six weeks. Most patients are able to resume work and other normal activities in about ten days after the procedure, though strenuous activities will need to be avoided for several weeks and any activity which can bump or jar the face will need to be avoided for about six weeks.
The potential complications that may occur with mentoplasty include the following: adverse anesthesia reactions, capsular contracture, implant shifting, infection, unnatural shape, and the need for additional surgery.
What is mentoplasty?
Mentoplasty, also known chin augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of a receding chin. Dr. Bustillo performs the procedure by placing an implant to augment the chin. The procedure is often combined with submental liposuction to improve the neck contour.
What is the implant made of for mentoplasty?
Dr. Bustillo usually uses an implant made of solid silicone. This silicone is not the same silicone used in breast implants, which is a liquid or gel-like substance. The silicone used for chin augmentation has been used for medical implants for over fifty years and has been shown to be one of the safest implants used today. Dr. Bustillo places an anatomical implant which hugs the chin and gives a very natural appearance.
Who is the best candidate for mentoplasty?
Good candidates for mentoplasty include physically healthy men and women are who looking to improve the appearance of the chin or jaw area. As with any type of plastic surgery, patients must also have realistic expectations.
What happens during a consultation for mentoplasty?
Dr. Bustillo will personally meet with you during the consultation. He will examine and evaluate you. He will then show you before and after pictures and then explain the surgical procedure from beginning to end. This explanation will include what surgical technique he will use, where the surgery will be performed, what type of anesthesia, and a step-by-step explanation of what the recovery will be like. You will then meet with the patient care coordinator, who will explain the scheduling details and the cost.