About Chin Augmentation
Mentoplasty (known as chin augmentation) is a common aesthetic treatment that recontours the chin and lower face for men and women who have a small and recessed chin, or one they believe is too prominent. Many times when a chin is recessed and sunken in, it can create an undefined profile. Both surgical and nonsurgical chin augmentation can be performed to improve the appearance of the chin, but one of the most popular is placing a silicone implant to reconstruct a stronger jawline and a more defined profile. Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thornwell Parker at Elevate Medical Spa and Cosmetic Surgery performs several alternatives to consider for augmenting the chin. Aside from implants, which are manufactured in a number of sizes and shapes, nonsurgical procedures, such as injectable fillers or Kybella, can be used to reshape the chin. For chins that are very large, genioplasty may be considered. This treatment decreases the amount of bone to reshape the chin and jaw to a more appealing size.
Mentoplasty is a procedure for both women and men. If you are displeased by the shape and appearance of your chin and dislike the weak profile it creates, this treatment can redefine the lower portion of your facial structure. It is also common for some of our patients to blend rhinoplasty with their chin augmentation treatment. This combination of facial treatments offers a greater opportunity for the aspects of the face to be proportionate and balanced.
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During chin enhancement surgery, general anesthesia is used, or in some cases, another form of anesthesia, such as IV sedation. An incision is made beneath the chin. Through this incision, a groove or pocket is created to secure the implant in place, which includes reducing some of the tissue, cartilage, and bone to make grooves to keep the implant in position. The implant is moved through the incision and positioned over the bone, just below the bottom lip. In some cases, the incision can also be made inside the lower lip where it meets the gumline. Both types of incisions help to hide scars. Small stitches are used to close the incisions, and the bottom portion of the face will be wrapped with medical garments.
What to Expect
Chin augmentation yields immediate gratifying outcomes, which is usually very thrilling for our clients. Although swelling and bruising will occur following surgery, this will subside. For the majority of patients, chin augmentation roughly takes a couple of weeks to recover. Exercise should be avoided within this timeframe. Whether you had chin augmentation surgery to produce a stronger jawline or had reduction surgery to decrease the size, you will love your results. Chin augmentation has very high success rates and under the hands of a trained cosmetic surgeon, your outcome will look balanced and defined.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 3 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5 – 7 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Redefine Your Profile
Chin reduction or augmentation surgery has proven to be extremely beneficial to many of our patients. It creates harmonious balance, redefining your facial appearance. If you feel displeased with the look of your jawline and you believe your chin is too small or too large, chin augmentation can produce the look you desire. We invite you to contact our Dallas facility to plan your initial meeting to learn more about your choices.