Chin Surgery

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What is Chin Surgery?

Chin surgery, known as genioplasty in cases of chin augmentation and mentoplasty in cases of chin reduction, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to improve the shape of the chin in order to enhance facial harmony and structure. Chin surgery can be used to correct: chin misalignment, contour or shape of the chin, fat excess in the chin, and chin recession among other things. To perform a genioplastic surgery, a cosmetic plastic surgeon will make incisions in necessary areas; then implant a synthetic material into the chin in order to improve the augmentation of the chin. To perform a mentoplastic surgery, a cosmetic plastic surgeon will make incisions in necessary areas; then sculpt, remove, or reposition the existing bone to a more aesthetically pleasing shape. Chin surgery can also be recommended for patients who have decided to undergo rhinoplasty, as the new shape of the nose may create an imbalance in the face; which can be corrected by mentoplasty or genioplasty. Chin surgery may also be used to improve chewing dynamics and occlusion.

When to Consider Chin Surgery?

Chin surgery may be utilized as a solution for a number of problems. You should consider undergoing chin surgery if:

  • You want to improve the overall proportion of your face
  • You have an overly projecting chin
  • Your teeth don’t fit nicely together when you close your mouth
  • You have trouble chewing
  • You lack confidence in the way your facial structure is set
  • Your chin is too big or too small
  • You would like to improve the definition of your chin and/or jaw line

Chin surgery may be recommended to be performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty (nose job) in order to achieve better overall facial harmony. If you have any further questions, call us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Laughlin. 


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