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Mentoplasty or Chin Augmentation

Would I Benefit From a Chin Implant?

Simply stated, if you look into the mirror and don't like the appearance of your chin or neck, you could be a good candidate for Dr. Kaplan's Chin Augmentation procedure. Are you concerned about:

  • A chin that is too small
  • A chin or jawline that is merging with your neck
  • A chin that does not appear to be in proportion to other facial features


What Is Chin Augmentation Surgery?

Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that addresses a chin that appears too small or looks as if it is disappearing into the neck and merging with the jawline. A chin implant can increase chin prominence and create a more attractive jawline to enhance and balance with other facial features.

Because a small chin can make the nose appear larger, Dr. Kaplan often suggests adding a chin implant when performing a rhinoplasty to achieve facial balance and harmony.   Chin augmentation is a relatively straightforward procedure that can make a major difference.

As we age, the skin and muscles of the neck and jawline lose elasticity and the jaw looses bone density. To give more definition to the jawline, Dr. Kaplan may recommend the addition of submental liposuction (removal of fat) and/or submental repair (tightening of the underlying muscle structure) to the chin augmentation procedure.

What Dr. Kaplan's Chin Augmentation Surgery Accomplishes:

  • An improved definition of the jaw and neck angle
  • A more attractive jawline profile
  • Better balance between your chin and your other facial features
  • Improved chin prominence


Anesthesia 

Dr. Kaplan generally performs Chin Augmentation surgery under IV Sedation and occasionally under MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care).  All surgeries are performed in our state-of-the-art AAAHC-certified operating room suite, complete with all of the required monitoring, delivery and emergency equipment.  If MAC is used, a board-certified anesthesiologist is also present throughout the operation as (s)he administers and monitors the anesthesia. Anesthesia will be discussed during your pre-operative appointment.  Your chin augmentation surgery is done on an outpatient basis.

After you are anesthetized and made to feel totally comfortable, Dr. Kaplan will make an incision under the chin through which he will work to place and correctly position the implant. The incision is then closed, and a small pressure dressing is applied to the incision and surrounding area.  You may experience a little discomfort initially, but this can be effectively managed with oral pain medication.

After Your Chin Augmentation Surgery:

  • You will awake from surgery with a compression bandage under your chin. This is generally removed the third day after your surgery.
  • Dr. Kaplan will prescribe oral pain medication to manage any discomfort.
  • Sutures will be removed within 7 days.
  • Swelling, bruising and tenderness is normal but subsides a little each day.
  • Be sure to keep your follow-up appointments as scheduled.