Mentoplasty is the technical name for Chin Implant surgery. Patients generally have a chin implant procedure to add more size or move forward a receding chin. In certain cases, Chin Augmentation is done in conjunction with a Rhinoplasty or Liposuction.
The ideal candidate for a Chin Implant is someone with a receding chin and a normal dental bite. For patients with a bite dysfunction, jaw surgery, in conjunction with Mentoplasty, may be necessary. Think carefully about your goals and expectations before deciding on any cosmetic procedure.
This is your time to get to know Dr. Stiller and the staff at Linea. Be sure to convey your goals and expectations for the surgical procedure. Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical techniques available to you. All of your questions related to the procedure will be answered as thoroughly as possible. Dr. Stiller will perform an examination of your trouble area at the consultation. Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications and he will explain the pre-operative and post-operative process.
All procedures carry some risks. Listed below are a few of the risks or potential complications.
- Bleeding- As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hematoma and may require drainage. It is important to discuss any history of excessive bleeding or family history of bleeding.
- Infection- Infection is relatively uncommon. Antibiotics will be given to you during the surgery and will usually be taken after the surgery.
- Scars – Scarring may occur either in the mouth or under the jaw
- Asymmetry- There may be asymmetry in some areas.
- Rejection of the implant may occur
- Wrinkling of the implant may occur
- Numbness or sensation changes of the skin
- Some patients will require additional surgery
During your consultation an explanation of pre-operative and post-operative plan will be reviewed. You will be given a list of medication to avoid taking two weeks prior to the operation. A Linea staff member will contact you a few days before the surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last minute details. At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions. Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is very important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Do not eat or drink eight hours before your surgery. You should wear a button down or zipper front shirt and sneakers. Do not wear sandals or slippers. You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery. Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends. You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia. For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time. You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.
A Mentoplasty can be performed with deep sedation or general anesthesia.
Typically, a Mentoplasty takes between one and two hours. During the procedure, a space for the implant will be created and the implant will then be inserted. Following the procedure, dressings will be applied and you will be placed in post-operative garments.
Following surgery, you will likely have drainage from your incisions. Any discomfort you feel should be controlled with oral pain medications prescribed by Dr. Stiller. If you are experiencing excessive pain, contact Dr. Stiller immediately. You can expect to feel tired and sore for a few days following the mentoplasty. Bruising and swelling is common and may take a few weeks to resolve.
Immediately after the surgery, we want you to get up and walk, and continue this light activity for the next few weeks. You will begin feeling better in just a few days. Healing is a gradual process and it takes time. Please refrain from strenuous activity for two weeks.
Depending on your job, you should be able to get back to work in a few days. Dr. Stiller will direct you regarding resuming exercise and normal activities during your follow-up evaluations.
We find that most patients are surprised at how much the chin contributes to facial proportions and are very pleased with their results.