A recessed or weak chin, Microgenia, can be improved by Mentoplasty, or chin augmentation. This is a cosmetic procedure that adds a flexible, solid silicone implant to improve appearance. Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Rothaus can reshape the chin to achieve balanced facial proportions. Volumizing fillers such as autologous fat, Sculptra, Restylane Lyft and Defyne, and Juvederm 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. 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.

Fitting Candidates

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 To Expect

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.

Chin Augmentation Recovery

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 7-10 days, however, this time differs from patient to patient.

Redefining Your Profile

Chin augmentation helps create a more balanced and aesthetically contoured lower jaw. If you feel you demonstrate a weak or recessed chin or profile, we encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment at our plastic surgery office today!

Plan Your Procedure

Recovery Time: 1-2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time: 60-90 Minutes
Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient