Chin surgery.

A well-defined chin helps balance the face and creates a more suitable facial profile. When a person looks in the mirror, they focus their gaze on the size and shape of their nose, ears, cheekbones, or skin, but while few examine their chin closely, having a small chin is unsightly. Facial plastic surgeons when operating a rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, usually suggest that the change in the size or shape of the chin can enhance the facial profile as much or more than a rhinoplasty. Fortunately, it is a simple surgery that can bet on a major improvement.

If you are wondering how chin surgery can modify your appearance, you need to know how chin surgery is performed and what you can expect from this procedure. This brochure can guide you and provide you with the information you need to know to consider having a mentoplasty.

The success of facial plastic surgery is the result of a good doctor-patient relationship. Trust is based on realistic expectations and the development of a good environment during pre-surgery consultations. Your surgeon can gladly answer specific questions about your particular concerns.


As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites for success. It is also important to know all aspects of the surgery. A proper chin can be achieved by inserting a prosthesis or modifying part of the bone that makes up the chin. The result can be a greater harmony of the profile and an increase in their self-esteem.
Another possibility to improve the appearance of the chin is submental liposuction that removes excess fat, helping to define the chin or neckline.

If there is a dental problem of malocclusion or a defect in the bone structure of the jaw, a orthognathic surgery.

Your consultations with the professional can help you decide on the type of surgery that suits you best. Your surgeon can inform you of new techniques for chin surgery and offer recommendations for supplemental surgeries to ensure greater success.


When surgery is desirable for functional or aesthetic purposes, the choice of a qualified facial plastic surgeon is of utmost importance. The patient must also commit to comply with the pre- and postoperative indications indicated by the surgeon.

During the consultation, the surgeon will take photos of your face and thoroughly examine your jaw and chin to see any abnormalities. Other factors that may influence the outcome of surgery should also be taken into account, such as age, skin type, or your disposition to surgery. The surgical technique should be explained to you in detail, as well as the type of anesthesia that will be used, and other possible additional surgeries, risks, and costs.


To augment the chin, an incision is made in the natural line just below the chin or inside the mouth, where the lower lip and gum meet. Carefully peeling off this tissue, the surgeon adapts a space to insert the prosthesis. This implant, made of a synthetic material that looks more natural than your own, can be found in different shapes and sizes. This allows you to choose the right implant for the different face configurations that exist between patients. After placement, the surgeon uses thin sutures to close the incision. When it has occurred inside the mouth, the scar is not visible. If the incision is under the chin, the scar is usually unnoticeable.

In chin reduction surgery, incisions can be made both inside the mouth and under the chin. The surgeon will sculpt the bone into the shape and size that is appropriate for this person’s appearance. In the case of orthognathic surgery, an incision is made inside the mouth and the facial bones are modified. This technique, depending on the extent of the work, is performed in less than 1 hour approximately.


Immediately after surgery, a dressing will be placed and removed in 2 to 3 days. Post-surgical discomfort can be controlled with painkillers. Chewing is not recommended after the procedure, with a liquid diet or with soft foods for the following days. Many patients have a feeling of tightness that will go away within a week.

After about 3-4 weeks, the swelling will have subsided almost completely and you will be able to enjoy the results.

Facial plastic surgery makes it possible to correct many facial flaws and signs of premature aging that can affect your self-esteem. By changing your appearance, facial plastic surgery can improve many feelings about yourself.

Health insurance generally does not cover surgery performed for purely cosmetic purposes. Instead, it does cover corrective surgery for genetic deformities or wound trauma, which can be reimbursed in part or in full. It is the responsibility of each patient to review the individual conditions of their insurance.

It is important that you trust your facial surgeon. Patient-surgeon-patient empathy is essential to achieve success.

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