Chin surgery is a cosmetic procedure performed to balance the face. In some cases, it may be performed with other facial procedures, or may be part of a facial reconstruction.

Chin surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure which is performed to either reduce or enhance the size, shape or structure of the chin. When surgery is done to augment the appearance of the chin, it is known as genioplasty. However, cosmetic surgery to reduce the chin is known as mentoplasty.

A balanced facial appearance depends partly on the shape and size of your chin in relationship to your nose. Chin surgery can reduce (mentoplasty) or augment (genioplasty) the chin to give your face a more balanced appearance.

Mentoplasty: Chin Reduction

Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.

During mentoplasty surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in one of two possible locations:

  • under the lower lip inside the mouth
  • under the chin in an inconspicuous location

The surgeon will then use an electrical instrument (a bone burr or a drill) to reduce and reshape the bone to create a more natural appearance. The surgeon will stitch the incision closed and apply tape to the chin area.

Genioplasty: Chin Augmentation

Genioplasty can be performed by the use of a chin implant to augment a receding chin, or by the surgical advancement of the bone itself. Once you and your surgeon decide whether to use a silastic chin implant or to advance your own bone, the incision will be chosen.

If you choose a chin implant, the incision is in one of two possible locations:

  • under the lower lip inside the mouth
  • under the chin in an inconspicuous location

The implant is placed in an appropriately sized pocket. Sizers are used to achieve the best appearance; then the actual implant is carefully placed and the incisions are closed.

If you choose to advance bone in the chin, the surgeon makes an incision under the lower lip inside the mouth using a powered saw with a special blade to separate the edge of the chin bone. The surgeon moves the separated chin-bone tip forward and positions it with wires or special bone plates and screws. Finally, the surgeon stitches the incision closed and applies tape to the chin area.

Many times a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery to a patient having rhinoplasty in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.

Chin surgery helps provide a harmonious balance to your facial features so that you feel better about the way you look.

Chin surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon’s fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, and the geographic office location.

Most health insurance does not cover chin surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Chin surgery cost may include:
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Medical tests
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Surgeon’s fee

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for chin surgery, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

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