Chin implant, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to add size to or move forward a receding chin. The best candidate for chin augmentation is the individual with a receding chin and a normal dental bite.
Prior to surgery, a complete medical history is taken in order to evaluate the general health of the patient. The physician describes the type of anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results might realistically may be expected, and possible risks and complications.
The surgery can be done in a physician's office, an outpatient surgical facility or a hospital, depending upon the physician's and patient's preference. There are two basic procedures used in mentoplasty; one involves moving the chin bone forward and the other, the use of a plastic chin implant. In either case, incisions are made under the chin or in the mouth, the bone is cut and moved or the implant is inserted and sutures are used to close the incision and pressure bandages are applied.
Pain connected with the surgery is minimal to moderate and is controlled with oral medication. The bandages are usually removed within a week. Patients are up and around the day of surgery; however, strenuous activities must be avoided for some time. The physician determines when normal activities can be resumed based on the extent of surgery and the patient's healing process. Chewing may be difficult for ten days to two weeks and numbness around the treated area may occur for a period of time. Brushing the teeth is sometimes difficult for several days.