FAQS ON Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty)

What is mentoplasty?  
Mentoplasty, also known chin augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of a receding chin. The surgeon 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?   
The surgeon 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. The surgeon 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 
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.  

Where is mentoplasty performed?  
The surgeon performs the mentoplasty procedure in his office-based operating room or his affiliated hospital  

What type of anesthesia is used for mentoplasty 
The surgeon 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. The surgeon will discuss these options with you in consultation. 

How is the actual mentoplasty procedure performed?  
The surgeon 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, the surgeon prefers the incision under the chin. This is because the anatomical implants that the surgeon 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?  
The surgeon 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. The surgeon 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 
The surgeon asks that his patients resume exercise three weeks after having the procedure. 

When are the stitches removed after the mentoplasty procedure?  
The surgeon 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.