Historically, a strong jawline has been a symbol of beauty and strength. With age, however, a once-powerful chin may become weaker in appearance due to sagging skin. Others may not have been as blessed by genetics and are striving to achieve the strong chin they have always dreamed of. Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, serving New York City, Manhattan, Westchester, and the nearby New York communities, uses chin augmentation to reshape the chin to achieve balanced facial proportions.
What is Chin Augmentation?
Mentoplasty, or chin augmentation, is an effective treatment for improving a recessed or weak chin. This is a cosmetic procedure that adds a flexible, solid silicone implant to improve appearance. The implant will be placed within a surgically created pocket in the chin. The incision is usually made inside the mouth or in the small creases beneath the chin, so scarring is nearly invisible. Mentoplasty can positively affect both a man and woman’s self-esteem by creating a stronger profile.
Volumizing fillers such as autologous fat, Sculptra®, Restylane® Lyft and Defyne, and Juvéderm® Voluma can present viable alternatives to chin implant surgery. Prior to surgery, Dr. Rothaus will discuss which size and shape of implant will achieve the best results for the patient.
Who is a Good Candidate for Mentoplasty?
The best candidates for a chin augmentation procedure are women and men who possess:
- A “weak” or recessed chin
- Poor definition of the neck
- Structural facial imbalances
What is the Procedure for Chin Augmentation?
We will evaluate the structure of the patient’s face, neck, and dental bite. Some patients possess a severe overbite (lower teeth behind upper teeth) causing the microgenia. In this case, these patients may be good candidates for other treatments, such as jaw surgery. An X-ray may be useful to examine the bone and facial profile to determine a treatment plan. In some cases, liposuction in the neck and submental region (under the chin) simultaneous with the mentoplasty may be used to help create a more defined jawline.
What Should I Expect for Chin Augmentation Recovery Time?
Recovery time depends on the nature of the surgery. Chin implants require a shorter downtime than mandibular advancement surgery (splitting the jaw and moving it forward). Bruising and swelling are common. A tape dressing is applied post-surgery to help keep the implant in place, reduce the swelling and to allow the overlying tissue time to adapt to bone or implants. Swelling and bruising will begin to dissipate after seven to 10 days; however, this time differs from patient to patient.
Plan Your Procedure
Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks
Average Procedure Time: 60-90 minutes
Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
Redefining Your Profile
Chin augmentation helps create a more balanced and aesthetically contoured lower jaw. Serving patients in NYC, the Upper East Side, Manhattan, Westchester, and nearby New York areas, Rothaus Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing you the best results possible. If you feel you demonstrate a weak or recessed chin or profile, we encourage you to contact us and schedule your consultation appointment at our plastic surgery office today!