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Nesmith Plastic Surgery Offers Mentoplasty / Genioplasty

Chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty or genioplasty, is a procedure that improves the balance of the face by bringing the chin, nose, and cheekbones into harmony. A "weak" or receding chin makes the nose appear larger, leading many people to assume a rhinoplasty or nose surgery is the solution. The truth is chin surgery with or without rhinoplasty can achieve dramatic results toward achieving facial balance.

What Is Chin Plastic Surgery?

Chin cosmetic surgery enlarges or reduces the size of the chin through facial implants or reduction surgery. Individuals who wish to enhance the size or shape of their chin to bring their features into harmony can opt for the placement of a chin implant. Good candidates for a chin implant include those with a recessed chin, prominent nose, pointed chin, or a fleshy neck. Chin reduction surgery, meanwhile, creates a more pleasing contour by reshaping the bone to reduce the prominence of the chin.

Chin reduction surgery produces very natural-looking results by reshaping the bone and tissue to a more pleasing contour that balances the face. This form of chin augmentation involves placing an incision under the chin or inside the mouth where it will be hidden from sight. The bone will be detached at the tip of the chin and reshaped with excess bone removed to achieve the right contour. The surgeon will then reposition the chin and reattach the bone with plates and/or wires before suturing the incision.

During chin enlargement surgery, an incision will be made inside the mouth or under the chin. After the incision is made, a chin implant will be inserted and carefully positioned in front of the jawbone to achieve balance with other facial features before the incision is sutured.

Cosmetic chin augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. The procedure generally takes one to two hours to perform, although it may take longer if complementary procedures like rhinoplasty are performed at the same time.

Chin Plastic Surgery Recovery

You will likely feel tenderness for a few days following the procedure. Prescription medication or over-the-counter painkillers can help control this discomfort. A liquid and soft food diet may be required as the ability to chew can be limited for a few days. Most patients feel a tight sensation around the chin and mouth that subsides after a week. The majority of swelling will be gone after six weeks at which point you will see the final results of your procedure.

Mentoplasty is a very safe procedure with a high patient satisfaction rate, although it is not without risks. As with any procedure, there is a risk of infection, bruising, swelling, bleeding at the incision site, and reaction to anesthesia. Choosing a highly qualified and experienced Gainesville plastic surgeon like Dr. Nesmith can reduce these risks.

Am I A Candidate For Chin Augmentation?

If your facial features are out of harmony and you have a weak, prominent, or pointed chin, you may be a good candidate for chin surgery. Chin surgery can improve the definition of the chin and balance the appearance of the nose. It can also be combined with complementary procedures like rhinoplasty, cheek implants, and lip augmentation to achieve greater balance. Candidates of mentoplasty are in good health with no serious health problems and realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.

Contact Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center

Do you wish to achieve greater facial harmony? If your chin seems out of proportion to the rest of your face, you may be a good candidate for chin surgery. Dr. Richard Nesmith, M.D., D.M.D., is a Board Certified Gainesville plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience performing facial implant surgery, rhinoplasty, and other cosmetic procedures. The best way to find out if you're a candidate for chin surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nesmith today.

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