Chin Surgery Or Mentoplasty

Mentoplasty is the cosmetic surgical procedure for contouring the chin, providing harmonious balance to the face features. By reshaping the chin, individuals can enhance their appearance and improve their self-esteem. Disregarding their weight, most people accumulate water and fatty skin deposits in that area, creating the optical illusion of being overweight.

Depending on each individual, this procedure may be performed by applying implants for contour, or reduction surgery on the bone to change its shape and remove water and fat. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has listed all the accredited physicians in this specialty certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a fact that guarantees a professionally performed operation.

This facial plastic surgery is also recommended for people who have undergone nose surgery and a partial face lift. After such procedures, balance of facial proportion is usually affected. When it comes to inserting an implant, the procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour, and helps to minimize the impact of a new nose, or magnify its new beauty.

Chin surgery improves appearance, but patients need to be realistic about the results obtained after the procedure. Like occurs with other operations, good health is necessary to avoid risks and side effects. Size and shape of implants are chosen by the surgeon, who determines which is better to enhance your facial features.

Local or general anesthesia is administered to people undergoing chin surgery, since a small incision will be performed to insert the implants into a pocket created with a scalpel over the front of the jawbone. Implants are placed either in the skin under the chin area, or in lower lip area inside the mouth.

Chin surgery may cause swelling and discomfort, especially during the first week after the surgery, term after which sutures are removed with an intra-oral incision to dissolve them. Post-operative discomfort and pain is treated with medication, but generally patients are encouraged to swallow their foods instead of chewing them.

During recovery it is also usual to experience other difficulties, such as yawning, smiling, yelling or biting foods. Most patients are also affected by blue and black marks around the chin and neck, that disappear alone after a few days. Mouth difficulties include dental hygiene, so it is usual that surgeons recommend alternatives and post-operation restrictions and avoidance of rigorous activities.

Swelling will probably remain up to 6 weeks after surgery. When chin surgery is performed sculpting the bone, limitations are the same but the results are different. Surgeon can sculpt the chin bone directly, or reposition the facial bones through an incision made inside the mouth, resulting in a more pleasant and aesthetic chin size.

Surgery performed in the bone is also known as orthognathic surgery and the procedure takes up to 3 hours. Facial plastic surgeries, including chin surgery, are generally not covered by insurance, unless they are the result of traumatic injury after an accident, or caused by genetic deformity, but not for cosmetic reasons. Even then, reimbursement may be total or partial.

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