Sometimes, as a result of heredity or an injury, the chin does not develop in proper proportion with the rest of the face. A small chin alters the proper proportional balance of the face, making a nose look larger than it actually is. Chin surgery (mentoplasty) is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery of the chin bone, restoring that proper balance. It can also make a short neck look longer, achieving a little tightening of the skin in the process.
Many times a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery to a patient having nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion, because the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.
Where is it performed?
The procedure is performed on an out-patient basis, at a nearby fully accredited surgery center.
Anesthesia and medication
This procedure is frequently performed under local or intravenous "twilight" anesthesia.
Most patients recover well enough to return to the work and most normal activities, including moderate exercise, in about 7 to 10 days.