Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty or Mentoplasty)

A chin augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure to reshape or enhance the size of the chin. It may be done either by inserting an implant or by moving or reshaping bones.

Preparation before Surgery

The surgeon 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.

Surgical Procedures

Incisions are typically made in one of two locations: either beneath the chin within a natural or crease or inside of the mouth where the gum and lower lip meet. To build up a receding chin with an implant, the surgeon will made the incision then gently stretch the tissue to create a space into which the implant is then inserted. To reduce a prominent chin, the surgeon will made the incision and then sculpt the bone to the desired shape and size.

Post-Operative Care

You will feel some discomfort and soreness, which you can easily control with medication.

You may feel some numbness in your chin for up to 3 months, and a stretching sensation around your chin for 1 week. Most of the swelling will be gone by 6 weeks, depending on the type of procedure you had.

You might have to stick to a liquid or soft diet for at least a day or two.

You’ll probably have the outside bandage removed within a week of surgery. You may be asked to wear a brace while you are sleeping for 4 – 6 weeks.

You can resume light activity the day of surgery. You should be able to return to work and your usual activities within 7 – 10 days. Your doctor or nurse will give you specific instructions.

Possible Risks and Complications:

The most common complications of chin augmentation are:

  • Bruising
  • Movement of the implant
  • Swelling

Other possible complications include:

  • Damage to the teeth
  • Loss of sensation

Rare side effects include:

  • Blood clots Blood clots
  • Infection that can sometimes require removing the implant
  • Pain that does not go away
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation