What is Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty) Surgery?
Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) surgery is a common facial cosmetic procedure. It’s specifically designed to address an under-projecting or underdeveloped chin. Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, can be done with or without silicone chin implants.
Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) surgery is considered a straightforward procedure, and it is performed as an in-hospital procedure. You will be able to notice the changes in your chin projection soon after surgery. The success results of a mentoplasty is, of course, dependent on the experience of your facial plastic surgeon.
Who’s a Good Suitable for Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty) Surgery?
You may be a good suitable for chin augmentation (mentoplasty) surgery if:
- You have a retracted chin (recessed chin)
- You have a small chin
- You have a short chin
- You have a narrow chin
- Your chin fades into the neck (ill-defined chin and jawlines)
If these apply to you, then chin augmentation might be a consideration.
It can be adapted according to your facial proportions and if you want to change the height, projection, width, and size of the chin.
Why Patients Might Consider Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty) Surgery
There are a number of reasons why patients might consider undergoing chin Augmentation or mentoplasty, including:
- Addressing the chin prominence
- Defining the lower face
- Defining the angle between your chin and neck
- Bringing the chin forward
- Altering the width of the chin
- Demarcating the lower edge of the face
- Straightforward surgery – local anaesthesia, no hospital stay
As with all surgical procedures, chin augmentation (mentoplasty) requires advanced skills to be done right. You should always choose an experienced plastic surgeon. Ensuring that your surgeon is appropriately qualified and has experience in your chosen surgery is imperative.
How Is Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty) Surgery Done ?
Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) is usually done under general anaesthesia. This means that you will be fully asleep during the procedure and you will not feel any pain during mentoplasty. Mentoplasty is typically a day procedure that is usually done in a hospital. You may choose to stay overnight.
Your surgeon, Dr Maryam or Dr Hunt, will start by injecting a local anaesthetic using a needle directly into the chin. The incision is done just below your front incisor teeth (behind the lower lip), allowing your surgeon access to the chin bone. A surgical pocket is then created in front of the chin bone. Your surgeon will then do one or more of the following:
- Insert a custom-fitted chin implant: a prosthetic chin implant, usually made of silicone and Gore-Tex is sometimes used to make the chin bigger and more prominent. These implants are safe and durable. They come in various shapes
- Osteotomy and fixation: the chin can be augmented without implants by moving the whole chin bone forward. To do this, your surgeon will cut the chin bone below the incisor teeth and above the tip of the chin. The whole chin is then brought forward, and the bone is fixed with metallic plates and screws. The end result is a more projecting chin
- Soft tissue manipulation: the overlying soft tissue is manipulated to be more relaxed and allow it to fit the newly enlarged chin (or chin implant) comfortably. It also allows your surgeon to contour the chin and shape it in a way that’s more proportional to your face
Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) is often combined with liposuction of the fat pad under the chin. This will be done through an additional skin incision below the chin. Once the chin augmentation (mentoplasty) is done, you will be allowed to rest for some time before being discharged.
Recovery after Mentoplasty
Recovery after chin surgery is generally regarded as tolerable, however, it does require a little planning ahead. You should expect to take 1 week off work after mentoplasty. During this time, you might experience some normal recovery symptoms such as swelling, bruising, and chin pain. You should stick to a soft or liquid diet after your chin augmentation surgery to reduce pain and allow the chin to heal. Brushing the teeth is recommended to keep the mouth clean, however, brush gently and with a soft toothbrush.
Most of the side effects of chin augmentation (mentoplasty) are usually gone by 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure. You should be mindful of what you eat and how much you stress your chin and jaw during the recovery time. Most patients can resume their normal diet and routines after 4-6 weeks of chin augmentation (mentoplasty).
Real Patient Results
The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty) Surgery Sydney Costs – How much does chin augmentation (mentoplasty) surgery cost in Australia NSW?
Determining the price of chin augmentation (mentoplasty) is a little bit complicated. The technique used for mentoplasty differs from one patient to another. You might need a chin implant while the next patient might need bone cutting and chin reshaping. Some might need both. The type of anesthesia, location of the procedure, and cost of the implant also play a big role.
Is Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty) surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?
Medicare and insurance in Australia do not usually cover the costs of chin augmentation (mentoplasty). It’s considered a purely cosmetic surgery and so you will need to cover the costs.
FAQs about Chin Augmentation Surgery
Is chin augmentation (mentoplasty) painful?
During the procedure, local anesthesia will be used. You should only feel the prick of the anaesthetic needle, but no significant pain. During recovery from chin implants, you might experience minor pain, especially when eating or chewing. This is why it is recommended that you stick to liquids and soft foods in the initial recovery period.
How long does chin augmentation (mentoplasty) last?
Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) is permanent. The results can last forever. Of course, keep in mind that complications do rarely occur, so revision surgery might be needed (e.g. in implant malposition). Moreover, future signs of aging might obscure the prominent chin created by mentoplasty.
Does chin augmentation (mentoplasty) improve jawline?
Chin augmentation alters the jawline by giving it continuity in the middle (chin) area. If you have a small receding chin, your jaw will be visible on the sides and faded into the neck in the middle area. Chin surgery provides a stronger jaw and chin with a well-defined contour.
Does a chin implant (mentoplasty) change your smile?
A chin implant can change how your mouth looks, and hence, would change your smile. Your lips will appear closer together with a clear distance between the lower lip and the chin.
What are the risks and complications associated with this surgery?
All in all, chin augmentation (mentoplasty) surgery carries minimal risks. Some of the rare complications that might occur after mentoplasty include:
- Hematoma (blood collection)
- Seroma (fluid collection)
- Skin numbness
- Wound infection
- Implant displacement
- Problems with mouth closing
- Relapse of the initial chin shape
To minimise the risk of complications and ensure that you get the absolute most out of your chin augmentation, choose the right surgeon with appropriate qualifications.
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PLASTIC SURGEON SYDNEY
About Dr Jeremy Hunt
Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.
PLASTIC SURGEON SYDNEY
Dr Maryam Seyedabadi
Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.
She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her a unique skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.
As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.