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?
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 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.
Where is mentoplasty performed?
Dr. Bustillo performs the mentoplasty procedure in his office-based operating room.
What type of anesthesia is used for mentoplasty?
Dr. Bustillo performs the mentoplasty procedure with local anesthesia and sedation. If the mentoplasty is being performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty or facelift procedure it may be done with general anesthesia. Dr. Bustillo will discuss these options with you in consultation.
How is the actual mentoplasty procedure performed?
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.
How long does the actual mentoplasty procedure last?
Dr. Bustillo takes about forty-five minutes to perform the mentoplasty procedure.
Where are the incisions made for mentoplasty?
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.
Are there scars after mentoplasty?
The incision placed under the chin will heal and not be noticeable once it heals.
Is there much pain with mentoplasty?
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.
What is the recovery like after mentoplasty?
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 post-operative 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.
How soon will I be able to return to work after undergoing mentoplasty?
Patients are generally able to return to work about one week after the mentoplasty procedure.
When can I exercise after undergoing mentoplasty?
Dr. Bustillo asks that his patients resume exercise three weeks after having the procedure.
When are the stitches removed after the mentoplasty procedure?
Dr. Bustillo will remove the stitches on the fifth post-operative day.
What are the risks or complications associated with mentoplasty?
The potential complications associated with mentoplasty may include adverse, implant shifting, infection, temporary numbness and the need for additional surgery.
Does insurance cover the cost of mentoplasty?
A mentoplasty, commonly known as a chin augmentation, is not covered by insurance. It will cost the patient $3,850.00 to be performed by Dr. Bustillo with the use of local anesthesia. Dr. Bustillo performs all of his surgeries in his state-of-the-art certified facility located in Coral Gables, FL.
Dr. Andres Bustillo specializes in Miami mentoplasty procedures.