About Chin Augmentation
Chin augmentation, also known as mentoplasty or genioplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that addresses cosmetic issues of the chin and jawline, including a weak chin or poorly defined jawline. All Atlanta area patients of Dr. Aisha Baron considering chin augmentation can choose between a chin implant or a technique that alters the chin bone to strengthen their profile. A chin augmentation is used to positively improve the overall appearance of the face by adding definition to a recessed chin, as well as defining the jaw line and overall facial structure. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Baron, will do her best to provide a stronger, more defined face and improve your self-esteem.
Good candidates for chin augmentation surgery are men and women who may experience:
- A recessed chin
- A lack of definition in the jawline
- A weak profile due to poor chin structure
- Facial imbalance
What To Expect
During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will evaluate your chin to see how it fits in relation to the face and neck, as well as the position of the teeth. In some patients, a severe overbite (lower teeth behind the upper teeth) may be present and the chin's position may be a reflection of an overall shorter lower jaw. In these patients, other treatment options may be considered, including jaw surgery. In some cases, an X-ray of a patient's profile may be useful to look at both the facial profile and the bone structure for treatment planning. For patients who need a chin implant only, the implant is positioned over the bone, below the lips in a pocket that is created to hold the prosthesis in place. Scarring is usually not evident since the incisions are placed under the chin or within the lower lip. Liposuction of the chin and/or neck may be incorporated to help achieve a more defined jawline.
Following chin augmentation surgery, patients will have variations in the healing process based on their individual surgery. For those receiving an implant, there will be much less downtime. For those undergoing genioplasty, the recovery will be longer as the jaw, bone, and teeth have been manipulated which will need additional recovery time. All patients, no matter their procedure route, should expect some bruising and swelling following their procedure. Patients may be given a chinstrap to help control the swelling and to help tissue adapt to the implant or new bone placement. Swelling usually subsides after 7-10 days, but this varies among patients.
Strengthen Your Profile
Chin augmentation surgery provides definition to the facial profile by transforming a weak or recessed chin and defining the jawline. This procedure can help to restore your self-confidence and can make a tremendous difference in the overall appearance of your face. If you want a stronger jawline and facial profile, we encourage you to schedule a chin augmentation consultation with Dr. Baron at our Atlanta area office for more information.