A chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, uses surgical implants or bone reduction surgery to enhance the appearance of the chin, increasing facial harmony and self-confidence. Often, a chin augmentation is performed along with rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, to balance the proportion of facial features.
A chin augmentation procedure:
- Increases or decreases the chin proportions to bring the facial features into balance
- Uses surgical implants to increase the size of the chin
- Uses bone reduction surgery to decrease the chin profile
Candidates for this procedure are healthy, non-smoking individuals who are at least 13 years of age and whose facial growth is complete.
Swelling will dissipate within several months, and the surgery will reach its full maturity within a year. The results are typically permanent, although cartilage may move or reshape the tissue over time.