About Chin Augmentation

Mentoplasty (known as chin augmentation) is a common aesthetic treatment that recontours the chin and lower face for men and women who have a small and recessed chin, or one they believe is too prominent. Many times when a chin is recessed and sunken in, it can create an undefined profile. Both surgical and nonsurgical chin augmentation can be performed to improve the appearance of your chin, but one of the most popular procedures is placing a silicone implant to build a stronger jawline and a more defined profile. Encinitas, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schoemann offers several alternatives to consider for augmenting your chin. Aside from implants, which are manufactured in a number of sizes and shapes, nonsurgical procedures such as injectable fillers or Kybella can be used to help you reach your goals. For chins that are very large, genioplasty should be considered. This treatment at Schoemann Plastic Surgery shaves and removes bone to reshape your chin and jaw to a more appealing size.

Ideal Candidates

Mentoplasty is a procedure for both women and men. If you are displeased by the shape and appearance of your chin and dislike the weak profile it creates, this treatment can redefine the lower portion of your facial structure. It is also common for some of our patients to add a rhinoplasty with their chin augmentation treatment. This combination of facial treatments offers the great opportunity for the features of your face to be proportionate and balanced.

How Can We Help You?

Surgical Technique

During chin enhancement surgery, general anesthesia is used, or another form of anesthesia such as IV sedation in some cases, in order to help you be safe and comfortable during your procedure. An incision is made beneath your chin. Through this incision, a groove or pocket is created to secure the implant in place, which includes reducing some of the tissue, cartilage, and bone to make grooves to hold your implant in position. The implant is inserted through the incision and positioned over the bone, just below your bottom lip. In some cases, the incision can also be made inside the lower lip where it meets your gumline. Both types of incisions help to hide scars. Small stitches are used to close the incisions, and the bottom portion of your face will be wrapped with medical garments.

What To Expect

Chin augmentation surgery yields immediate gratifying outcomes, which is usually very thrilling for our clients. Although swelling and bruising will occur following your surgery, this will subside. For the majority of patients, chin augmentation typically requires a couple of weeks of recovery. Exercise should be avoided within this time frame. Chin augmentation surgery has very high success rates, and with the help of a fellowship-trained and double board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Schoemann, your outcome will look balanced and defined.

Redefine Your Profile

Chin reduction or augmentation surgery has proven to be extremely beneficial to many Encinitas, CA patients of plastic surgeon Dr. Schoemann. It creates a harmonious balance, redefining your facial appearance. If you feel displeased with the look of your chin and you believe it is too small or too large, chin augmentation can produce the look you are wanting.

A consultation with Dr. Schoemann will help you determine if chin augmentation can help you meet your aesthetic goals from a holistic perspective. Contact Schoemann Plastic Surgery to learn more about your choices today at (760) 487-2520 or by filling out our online form.