Chin surgery, also known as Mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is done to reshape the chin either by enhancing it with an implant or surgically reducing the bone.
Plastic surgery, along with other minor office procedures, can be performed on the lower jaw line and the chin area in order to improve proportions of the face. This often helps one’s confidence and self-esteem. In order to improve the harmony of the facial features and improve the chin/jaw/cheek, and forehead balance, there are several types of interventions that are frequently suggested by board-certified plastic surgeons.
One surgical technique used is moving the bone from the jaw itself forward, this operation is called a Mentoplasty or Genioplasty. Alternatively, in order to give more projection to the chin, shaped silicone implants can be used. On the other hand, bone can be removed to decrease an overly projecting chin. Additionally, modifications to the upper and/or lower jaw can be advised for improved chewing dynamics and occlusion (how the teeth fit together.) These operations can vary in range from pretty simple to very complex.
On occasion, a plastic surgeon may recommend that a patient have chin surgery or a chin altering procedure if they’re having a Rhinoplasty; this is done in order to achieve better facial proportions, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.
Another option available to patients, given the recent advances in technology, and after obtaining informed consent after reviewing all options, risks and benefits, your plastic surgeon may suggest off-label use of FDA approved gel filler material as an alternative for providing augmentation of the chin area that may last for a shorter duration.