Facial proportions play a major role in framing the face. When the chin is too small, it can give the entire face an out of proportion, displeasing appearance. Having a weak chin or poor jawline gives the illusion that the nose is much bigger than it is, and this is usually considered unsatisfactory for many men and women. When the chin is too strong, it can give the face a robust or heavy appearance. Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, modifies the projection and shape of the chin to sculpt a pleasing jawline and refined profile. A well-balanced facial structure can rejuvenate facial contours, restore the natural divine ratios of the face, and complement the facial aesthetic as a whole. Michael A. Persky, M.D., can improve your facial proportions by enhancing your chin, ultimately boosting your confidence and overall quality of life.

Mentoplasty Can Improve:

  • Asymmetry and deficiencies in the face

  • Jowls

  • A weak chin

  • A weak jawline

  • A lack of separation between the jaw and neck

  • Deformities in the chin caused by injuries

  • The appearance of the neck

Candidates

The ideal candidates for mentoplasty are unhappy with their chin projection and how it affects the facial aesthetic. Mentoplasty can revamp both weak and aggressive chins to create a well-structured, shapely jawline. Patients seeking mentoplasty should be prepared both physically and mentally for surgery, as it is crucial to have a positive outlook and realistic expectations.

The Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Persky will evaluate your chin and discuss your goals. He will help you decide if you are a good candidate for mentoplasty based on your health and your anatomy. Dr. Persky will go over your options and further educate you about the procedure and how he will use his natural artistic vision and experience to enhance your chin. Various types and sizes of chin implants can be used to customize the implant to each patient. Before and after photographs of previous mentoplasty patients will also be reviewed to show you the results you can likely expect from your surgery.

Procedure

Mentoplasty is a quick and easy procedure with lasting results. Once general anesthesia is administered, Dr. Persky makes a small, one inch incision under the chin in the natural crease. The implant is placed anatomically below the muscle directly on the mandible bone in a small pocket created to accept the implant precisely. After implant placement, the incision is closed. The sutures are removed after about five days.

Recovery

Dr. Persky will give you detailed post-op instructions that include what medications to take and how to care for the treatment area. You may experience some discomfort, which may be alleviated with medication. Swelling is also a common and temporary side effect of mentoplasty. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for at least four weeks, but normal activities and work may be resumed after one week.

Results

Results from mentoplasty are permanent. Patients can expect the scars to be hidden under the chin or inside the mouth; once healed, the incisions should be virtually undetectable. Patients can expect the improvements from mentoplasty to last a lifetime as long as the implants are not fractured as a result of trauma. In the rare event that the implant is no longer wanted, it can be easily removed in the office under local anesthesia.

If you or your child are interested in mentoplasty, schedule your consultation with Dr. Persky today! You can contact our office by calling (818) 501-3223 or by filling out our online contact form.