When it comes to plastic surgery, there are a few times when doing two procedures simultaneously can benefit the balance and harmony of the face. One of the most common examples is the combination of rhinoplasty and mentoplasty, or chin augmentation. Combining these two procedures can enhance the overall aesthetic outcome substantially more than if only one of the procedures where performed.
In the case of rhinoplasty, the surgeon must plan the angle of tip rotation, and must take into account the position of the chin to do so. For example, in a female with a very retracted chin who undergoes a rhinoplasty procedure alone; the tip should not be rotated to the ideal angle for a woman. Doing so may cause a disproportionate balance between the nose and chin. Now, if the same woman were to undergo a nose job and mentoplasty together, the surgeon would be able to rotate the tip to the adequate position.
In a recent study from the University of Verona, Italy, the authors found that the shape of the nose, chin and neck in relation to one another will determine whether an individual has an “aesthetically proportionate” face. This means that if, for example, a patient with a pointy nose undergoes rhinoplasty to adjust its shape, he or she may still feel his or her face is disproportionate, because the shape of the chin was not altered as well. If you have any questions regarding the rhinoplasty or mentoplasty procedures, please call Andres Bustillo, MD, a board certified facial plastic surgeon.