What is a mentoplasty?
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
If you want to improve the proportions of your chin or jaw, a mentoplasty will certainly help to achieve this. You can look forward to improved facial symmetry and an enhanced overall appearance of your facial features. The procedure can also rejuvenate your neck and jawline.
How do I plan for my mentoplasty surgery?
He or she will also examine your face and jaw, and discuss the various augmentation and implant options, explaining the procedure to you so you know all you need to in order to make an informed decision.
What is the procedure for a mentoplasty?
In a mentoplasty, the surgeon will begin by cutting along the gum of the lower lip and separating it from the chin bone.
If you are having your chin moved backward or made smaller, the surgeon will cut out a wedge of bone, then slide it into a different position, attaching screws and sometimes a metal plate to keep it in place. To lengthen a chin, the bone is repositioned, and to shorten it, a wedge of bone is removed. If your chin needs to be moved forward, the surgeon will create a “step” in the bone.
When the procedure is complete, the incision is stitched closed, and compression tape is placed on the outside of your mouth and chin for protection.
For a chin implant, the surgeon will make an incision inside your mouth or under your chin and will then insert an implant, which has been sculpted to the right shape. The implant is then attached to the bone with screws and once it is in place, the incision is stitched closed.
A non-surgical implant often involves the injection of dermal fillers, or the surgeon may use some of your own fat as a filler.
How should I prepare for a mentoplasty?
Before your surgery you may be asked to stop smoking for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the procedure. Nicotine retards the healing process, and quitting for as long as possible before surgery helps improve blood flow.
You will also have to have a blood test before surgery is performed.
You should stop taking certain medication, like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs. Avoid recreational drugs, and disclose to your surgeon any other medication you’re taking, since you may need to adjust these.
Be sure to arrange for transport to and from the clinic, since you will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure.
Where will my mentoplasty surgery be performed?
What anaesthetic will be used for my mentoplasty?
How do I recover from my mentoplasty?
What can I expect after my mentoplasty?
When can I return to normal activities?
What are the risks involved in mentoplasty surgery?
Serious complications are rare, but the risks that are specific to this procedure can include numbness in the lip and chin, asymmetry, implant displacement or, in the case of augmentation surgery, bone absorption.