Chin and jaw augmentation, also known at mentoplasty or genioplasty, are often performed on the bone itself, reshaping the chin and jaw with a silicone implant or reduction surgery. Your surgeon may offer the patient to perform chin and jaw augmentation along with rhinoplasty to achieve more desirable facial proportions, optimizing the results of surgery.
Chin and jaw augmentation generally takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour using a local anesthetic. A small incision inside the mouth or the natural crease line below the chin is performed. Overlying tissue is lifted from the bone, allowing for space so that an implant can be placed over any deficiency on the chin or jawbone or the excess bone or tissue can also be removed, contouring the face to a more desirable shape. The incision is closed with sutures and scars are generally not visible.
While swelling is typical after chin and jaw augmentation, heightened swelling generally subsides after 48 hours. Although immediate strenuous exercises should be avoided for 10 days, it is not uncommon for patients to return to work the same week after surgery.
Chin and jaw augmentation are best for those seeking a more youthful, masculine appearance. In addition, there are functional modifications that can be made to improve chewing dynamics and how the teeth fit together. Altering the appearance of the chin and jawline can greatly improve the harmony of the face as well as counter the effects of age. Mentoplasty or genioplasty are ideal surgeries for men looking to improve fleshy neck, pointed chin, prominent nose, weak jawline, recessed or double chin.