About Chin Augmentation
Mentoplasty, also known as chin augmentation, is a procedure performed to improve the facial profile. Some patients have a receding chin which can be improved by using an implant to permanently project the chin forward. Mentoplasty is sometimes combined with other procedures, such as rhinoplasty, to further improve facial balance.
Chin augmentation is a permanent solution for improving a weak or recessed chin. By placing a custom-fit chin implant, Dr. Bustillo can create better proportions between facial features, create definition in the neck and jawline, and even help reduce the appearance of a full or “double” chin caused by a small chin bone.
Much of facial plastic surgery focuses on correcting areas that are not in proportion to the areas around them. The chin defines the lower half of the face.
When the chin is small or undefined, it can detract from other features and make your entire face appear unbalanced. A “weak chin” can also lead to the appearance of a thick or heavy neck and may accentuate excess skin and fat around the jawline.
If you’re unhappy with the size or shape of your chin, chin augmentation in Miami may be the right choice for you. Dr. Bustillo is a facial surgery specialist and can help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking result.
Chin Augmentation Before and After Photos
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
The Chin Augmentation Procedure
Dr. Bustillo performs the mentoplasty procedure through a small incision in the chin crease. Through this incision, an anatomical implant is placed. The anatomic implants are tapered and blend with the jaw, to give a natural contour.
The incision heals very well and will not be perceptible once it heals. Dr. Bustillo does not place the implant through the mouth because the implants that can be placed through this incision are not anatomic implants. These non-anatomical implants that are placed through the mouth are very small and do not taper, meaning they do not blend with the jaw and can give an unnatural appearance.
Anesthesia Options for Mentoplasty
The chin augmentation procedure can be performed under local anesthesia when done as a stand-alone procedure or when combined with submental liposuction (to remove fat under the chin). If it is combined with a rhinoplasty or a facelift, it is usually done under general anesthesia.
Chin Implant Recovery Timeline
Most patients are able to return to work 5 days after chin augmentation. Typically, there is mild swelling and minimal to no bruising.
The patient returns home the same day of the surgery. The patient returns to the office five days after the procedure to have the small stitches removed from under the chin. Patients can usually return to school or work that day and can resume exercise three weeks after the procedure.
Chin Augmentation Risks and Complications
The possible complications that can occur with chin augmentation are infection, malposition (placed wrong), and decreased sensation of the lower lip.
Infections are very rare. If an infection occurs, the patient is treated with antibiotics. If the infection persists, the implant is removed and replaced six weeks later.
Malposition is rare and is treated by repositioning the implant. The loss of sensation that can occur is temporary and usually resolves in 4 weeks.
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Miami plastic surgeon 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 that hugs the chin and gives a very natural appearance.
Good candidates for mentoplasty include physically healthy men and women who are looking to improve the appearance of the chin or jaw area. As with any type of plastic surgery, patients must also have realistic expectations.
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.
Dr. Bustillo performs the mentoplasty procedure in his office-based operating room.
Dr. Bustillo performs the mentoplasty procedure through a small incision under the chin. Although the mentoplasty procedure can also be performed via an incision in the mouth, Dr. Bustillo prefers the incision under the chin.
This is because the anatomical implants that Dr. Bustillo uses can only be placed via the small incision under the chin. The anatomical implants hug the chin bone and give a more natural appearance.
Dr. Bustillo takes about forty-five minutes to perform the mentoplasty procedure.
Dr. Bustillo performs the mentoplasty procedure through a small incision under the chin. Although the mentoplasty procedure can also be performed via an incision in the mouth, Dr. Bustillo prefers the incision under the The incision for mentoplasty is typically made just under the chin within a natural crease. The incision heals very well and will not be noticeable once it heals.
The incision placed under the chin will heal well and will not be noticeable once it heals.
Patients do not typically have pain after the procedure. They may have some pressure in the area the first night. This is well controlled with mild pain medication.
The recovery for mentoplasty is rather mild. The surgery is ambulatory, meaning that the patient is allowed to return home the same day of the surgery. Dr. Bustillo does not place any bandages after the mentoplasty procedure. Pain and discomfort are typically minimal. The patient returns on the fifth postoperative day to have the small stitches underneath the chin removed. About seventy percent of the swelling resolves in the first two weeks. The remaining swelling takes about one month to resolve.
About Dr. Andres Bustillo
- American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at The New York University
- Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Residency at The University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital
- General Surgery Internship at The University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Dr. Bustillo is known for his meticulous approach, experience, and natural-looking results. To learn more about chin augmentation in Miami, call our office at 305.317.1960 to schedule a consultation today.