The appearance of a well-defined chin can noticeably improve a person’s profile and other features, such as the jaw and neckline. Chin surgery can alter the size of the chin to achieve a better proportion with the rest of the face. Also known as “mentoplasty,” Dr. Suman Das performs this procedure for men and women on a regular basis at his Mississippi practice.
Individuals best suited for chin surgery are in good physical and emotional health. Candidates should not smoke or take anti-inflammatory drugs for at least four weeks prior to surgery, to avoid complications during the procedure. Although chin surgery is often a very effective procedure, candidates should have realistic expectations about their results.
Ideal candidates for chin surgery wish to improve one or more of the following conditions:
Chin is less prominent than the lower lip
Microgenia (underdeveloped chin)
Desire to increase or decrease the size of the chin
During your consultation, Dr. Das will take your personal preferences into account and help you decide if chin surgery is right for you.
Chin surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes a couple hours to complete. The procedure is performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia at an accredited facility. The current condition of each patient’s chin will determine which of the following methods will be performed.
To enlarge the chin, a small incision is made in the crease underneath the chin. After a solid silicone implant is inserted, the incision is closed with sutures.
To reduce the size of the chin, an incision is either made in the mouth, under the lip, or beneath the chin. After a portion of the jaw is cut and slightly restructured, the incisions are closed using sutures.
Once the procedure is complete, any exterior incisions will be wrapped with bandages to diminish swelling and bruising. Special tubes may be needed to drain excess fluid and the head should be elevated during the first few days of recovery. Even though most patients feel good enough to return to work about a week after surgery, physical activities and exercises should be avoided for the first four to six weeks. This will give your body enough time for the incisions to fully heal. To ensure a safe recovery, it is best that you follow Dr. Das’ postoperative instructions.