Chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone. Dr. Agha may recommend chin surgery to a patient having nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.
What are the intended results of chin augmentation surgery?
Chin surgery helps provide a harmonious balance to your facial features either by enlarging or reducing the chin so that you feel better about the way you look.
Does the procedure require a hospital stay?
The chin enhancement procedure is performed either on an outpatient basis at an ambulatory surgical care facility or in the hospital. Patients can typically go home the day of their surgery, but occasionally an overnight stay is recommended. We can recommend recovery facilities or home care if you would like additional private post-operative care in the days following surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Chin surgery may be performed under general anesthesia, which is given by an expert anesthesiologist. These services will be provided by the surgical facility where your surgery is performed, and the fee for this service will be billed separately.
How long does the procedure take?
Chin enhancement can take one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.
What is involved in the chin enhancement procedure?
Dr. Agha makes incisions under the chin, where scars will be less obvious. Working through these incisions, he separates the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle. He will either remove excess tissue for chin reduction or insert a silicone implant for chin enlargement. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.
Chin enhancement can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures, such as a rhinoplasty (nasal refinement) to re-proportion the facial profile, or eyelid surgery to create a youthful look.
What happens after my chin augmentation surgery?
The incisions are covered with light dressings, and stitches will be removed in 5 to 10 days. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade within a few months.
When can I return to work and regular activities after chin surgery? What restrictions will I have?
Some bruising and swelling may be present within the first week or so after chin surgery. Most chin surgery patients choose to return to work after the initial healing is complete in 5 to 10 days and sutures are removed. Residual bruising can typically be hidden with cosmetics until bruising completely fades.
Is chin plastic surgery typically covered by insurance?
The chin enhancement procedure is unlikely to be covered by insurance.