Many people have a small chin- one that recedes or is not prominent enough. A small chin can make a person 5 nose appear more prominent than it really is, whereas a chin that is more in harmony with other facial features can draw attention away from the nose and give the entire profile a more pleasing balance. Building up a small chin also can improve dramatically the results of a facelift. On the other hand, a chin may protrude excessively, either because of an abnormally large chin button” or because of a too-long jawbone.

Some solutions

Chin augmentation is an operation that changes a person’s profile by bringing out the chin. It often is performed at the same time as nasal surgery.
Chin reduction surgery, which involves removing excess bone from the chin button, may provide an improvement when the chin protrudes excessively.
If the problem is not the chin itself, but rather excess skin that has collected under the chin, a facelift may be necessary rather than chin surgery.
In cases where the teeth do not fit together well or there is a severe underbite or overbite, consultation with an oral or maxillofacial surgeon may be necessary.

Deciding on an operation

Anyone interested in chin augmentation or chin reduction surgery should consult an experienced facial plastic surgeon. During the initial visit, the surgeon makes a thorough evaluation of the face and neck to determine whether surgery is indicated. He will then discuss any questions and concerns related to the surgery.
In addition to the skill of the surgeon, the patient’s realistic expectations about the results of the surgery and his general emotional state are important considerations. Mental attitude is as important as the ability to heal in evaluating candidates for facial plastic surgery.
Once surgery is agreed upon, preoperative photographs are taken to help the surgeon plan the operation.
These photographs usually are compared with similar ones taken sometime after surgery and serve as a permanent before-and-after record of the results.

How chin surgery is done

A small incision is made either inside the mouth or just underneath and behind the most prominent part of the chin. A sterile surgical material that has practically the same consistency as the soft tissues of the chin is secured just in front of the jawbone to bring out the chin.
The skin overlying the implant retains its smooth contour, and the implant itself becomes virtually undetectable after a short time. The chin augmentation is designed to make the new chin look as natural as possible.
This operation can be combined easily with the removal of fat and a small amount of skin from underneath the chin. This procedure, called a submental lipectomy, eliminates a double chin and can improve the overall effect of chin augmentation. Chin reduction is accomplished by using an instrument much like a dental drill, through a small incision in the fold beneath the chin.

Where surgery is performed

Chin augmentation and chin reduction surgery can be performed in a hospital, an ambulatory surgical care center, or an office surgery center, depending on the patient’s and the physician’s preference. It can be performed safely on an outpatient basis, but the doctor may recommend a short hospital stay.

Keeping the patient comfortable

Preoperative medications to relieve tension and local anesthetics to numb the chin during surgery commonly are administered. These should keep the patient comfortable and free of pain. If desired, general anesthesia can be administered.

The immediate after-effects

After the operation, some swelling and bruising can be expected. Most of the swelling usually subsides within the first week, the bruising within a couple of weeks. There may be some mild discomfort for a short time after surgery, but this usually is controlled easily with medication. Significant pain is uncommon.

The results to expect

Significant improvement should be noticed immediately following surgery. The chin will look even more natural and attractive as the swelling subsides in the weeks after surgery. Just how much improvement is achieved depends on the individual’s physical characteristics and the extent of surgery.

The risks

There are inherent risks in any surgical procedure, and these should be discussed thoroughly with your facial plastic surgeon. Hundreds of successful chin augmentations are performed each year.

The procedures within the scope of mentoplasty:

Reconstruction of the chin with implants, rasping, and tissue transfer are within the scope of mentoplasty. These procedures help the chin appear more aesthetical. Most of the mentoplasties are performed for aesthetic purposes. Some of them can be performed in collaboration with the orthodontists when necessary.

Chin tip surgery:

The type of the operation to be performed at the tip of the chin will be determined based on the structure of the lower jaw. The surgery is planned according to the facial structure of the person. Some people presenting with the wish of undergoing nose or facial aesthetics have not recognized yet that the main problem lies in the chin. The intervention targets the structure of the chin in these individuals. Surgery planning is aims to correct the problem at the tip of the chin.

Reduction Mentoplasty:

This is the most commonly performed type of mentoplasty. It is performed to reduce the long and wide jaw structure. However, it is more practical to perform in individuals, whose lower jaws are not too long. This operation is performed through an intra-oral incision in the operating room when the patient is under general anesthesia. Patients should exercise care about their diet after the surgery. The recovery will be complete almost in a month and patients can see the final configuration of their chins.

A variety of techniques can be used in mentoplasty/genioplasty. If necessary, the tip of the jaw can be augmented with filling material or screws can be applied to small-size chins. Protrusion of the chin can be intervened with special rasps.

What will the new appearance of the chin appear the mentoplasty?

Mentoplasty (chin aesthetics) is performed using several procedures; including rasping or filling to accentuate the configuration of the chin to achieve a well-proportioned facial appearance. The procedures to be performed are planned before the surgery, designing the new shape of the chin in advance to get it conform to the general architecture of the face. After the operation, a natural and proportionate facial appearance is obtained.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can mentoplasty be used to reshape the square-shaped chin structure to an oval one?

With the techniques and skills used by our specialists, the chin can be reshaped to obtain a square-shaped or V-shaped configuration.

What should be done before mentoplasty?

Patient expectations are evaluated before the aesthetic surgery of the chin. Then; using visual representations, our specialists will inform you about to what extent your expectations can be met after the operation. You can schedule the surgery afterward to have your chin optimally proportioned to your facial contours.

Do We Perform Chin Dimple Aesthetics?

We can meet your requests with dimple aesthetics by either eliminating or generating dimples.

Does chin aesthetics leave scar marks?

A majority of mentoplasties are performed inside the mouth; therefore, they do not cause scar marks.

Is the material used in chin elongation harmful?

The fillers that we prefer to use for chin elongation contain hyaluronic acid; therefore, they do not bring any harm to the metabolic constitution of the body. These substances are not harmful to the body.

Is Chin Tip Reduction Surgery Painful?

As discussed previously, almost all mentoplasties are performed inside the mouth. Therefore, scarring is unlikely.

Does having unequal lengths of sides of the lower jaw present an obstacle against undergoing chin aesthetics?

Because the aim of chin aesthetics is to correct any malformations or reshape the lower jaw in general, unequal side lengths of the lower jaw or similar problems are not obstacles at all. After a physical examination to be performed in our center, these problems will be identified and described to guide us through the planning process of the aesthetic operations.

Is it possible to expand the jaw with mentoplasty?

Chin augmentation is performed using several types of implants.

My lower jaw is a little bit protruded. Can you treat it?

After the preliminary examination to be performed in our center, lower jaw surgery procedures are performed.

Is It Possible To Treat A Shifted Jaw?

It can be treated by surgical intervention.

What is the basis of variable costs in chin aesthetics?

The prices for the chin aesthetics are determined after reviewing the procedure to be performed, the structure of the lower jaw, and the required material to be used.

Which Anesthesia Methods are Used in Chin Aesthetics?

Local or general anesthesia can be administered to patients to perform chin aesthetics.

Is the postoperative period painful?

Pain can occur in chin aesthetics, too, as it occurs in other types of surgery. Especially the use of fillers or surgical rasps may aggravate the severity pain to some extent.

Is Chin Aesthetics A Treatment For A Recessed Lower Jaw?

Lower jaw recession is treated by our specialist surgeons within the scope of mentoplasties.

How Long Does A Session Of Aesthetic Surgery Last?

The operation takes 1 – 1.5 hours depending on the extent of planned reconstructions and the new features of the chin, which were opted for at the planning phase.

When Can I Get Back To My Daily Routines After The Mentoplasty?

We usually advise our patients to spend a resting period of one week. However, it depends on the type of operation.

Is Chin Aesthetic Surgery Risky?

All surgical operations are associated with risks to some extent because of several factors including the metabolic constitution of the patient or the emergence of untoward events during the intervention. However, a vital risk is unlikely to be associated with the mentoplasty.

Is Mentoplasty Harmful For My Teeth?

These operations are performed through an incision made inside the mouth. The procedure does not cause any damage in teeth.

Is Chin Aesthetic Surgery Costly?

All operations performed in our center are carried out with the consideration of our patients’ physical and financial well-being. Therefore our prices are reasonable.

Is Chin Aesthetics Performed For Correcting Misaligned Teeth?

To get the misaligned teeth corrected, you need to consult staff physicians and surgeons of our center.

Is asymmetry in the facial bones a contraindication for chin aesthetics?

Malformations in the facial bone structure are not obstacles for chin  aesthetics. Because the purpose of chin aesthetics is to restructure the chin proportionately with the face, facial malformations are corrected within the scope of facial aesthetics.

How can I foresee the chin structure I am going to get?

After the physical examination performed by our expert specialists; the chin shape, which you wish to get and which is proportionate to your facial structures will be simulated on computer for you to review. The operation will be scheduled after your approval.

At what age can chin aesthetics be performed?

Since the human body completes bone development at the age of 18, it is more appropriate to perform chin aesthetics after this age. Otherwise, an unaesthetic appearance may emerge since the chin development will continue after the aesthetic surgery.

Can biting problems be treated with chin aesthetics?

Malformations in the chin related to teeth misalignment can be corrected with orthodontic treatment or  directly with chin aesthetics. For this purpose, a thorough examination must be carried out and the process must be managed by a team of our expert specialists.

What is the length of the healing period after nose and chin aesthetics?

Performing two operations in combination requires more careful management of the postoperative processes. The pain will be a bit more severe but the harmony of the shape of your nose and chin, which creates your new facial profile, will amaze you.

What are the risks after chin aesthetics?

There are no major risks other than a temporary period of numbness or bleeding and infection in the lip area.

Can I undergo nose and chin aesthetics in combination in the same session of surgery?

Of course, yes. Nose and chin aesthetics can be performed in the same session.

Can chin and cheekbone aesthetics be performed in combination?

Of course, yes. Chin aesthetics and cheekbone operations can be combined.