Chin Surgery (Mentoplasty/Genioplasty)

Chin also called mentoplasty or genioplasty, is used to improve the symmetry of facial features by reshaping of the chin,. This is done by either using implants to increase the size of a small chin, or bone surgery to decrease the size. Some patients undergoing chin surgery are correcting a previous injury or defect, but most are seeking a more balanced appearance. Though the goals may be the same, a wide variety of issues can contribute to the desire to seek chin rejuvenation. Because of this, there are a vast number of techniques used, each tailored specifically for different situations. The best approach will be determined for you by your facial bone structure, the condition of your skin, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.

Am I a good candidate for chin surgery?

One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for chin surgery;

  • You are in good health, and your facial growth is complete
  • You are bothered by the shape or size of your chin
  • The overall size of your chin is too large or small in relation to your other facial features
  • Your chin profile includes visible humps or depressions
  • Your chin is not symmetrical
  • You have previous injury to your chin causing any of the aforementioned conditions

Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.

Considerations:

Medical conditions: This procedure is not recommended for those with diabetes, heart problems, or a weak immune system. These factors can complicate surgery and interfere with optimal recovery.
Expectations: It is important that while chin surgery will improve your appearance, it is not for those seeking unrealistic perfection. You must have clear goals in mind when considering this procedure. It must be for your happiness, and not to please others.

Surgery and Recovery

Chin surgery is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your incisions will be wrapped in gauze dressings. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complication and instructions for recovery.

You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your chin will be tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must avoid straining, bending, lifting, biting hard things, and other strenuous activity for several days. Bruising will occur, but typically resolves itself within two weeks. Swelling is most prominent in the first two days post surgery and greatly improves within two weeks but it may take several weeks for all swelling to clear. Numbness may occur but usually resolves within several months as the underlying structures heal. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.