Also known as mentoplasty, chin surgery or jaw surgery seeks to correct a weak chin, bringing the lower part of the face more into balance.
Why choose chin surgery?
Having a weak profile can be just as problematic as having an overly prominent one and many people find a weak chin or lack of facial contour impacts on their confidence. Chin surgery or augmentation helps to bring proportion and definition to the face.Back to Face Surgery
What can chin surgery achieve?
- Brings balance and proportion to the face
- Corrects a weak chin
- Counteracts the effects of age-related bone absorption
- Gives greater facial definition and contouring
- Corrects deformities from facial trauma
Is there an alternative to chin surgery?
There are other surgical and non-surgical procedures that can also be performed on the chin and jaw area, including dermal fillers. To find out which treatment(s) would be best suited to your individual requirements you should speak to your surgeon.
What to expect before your chin surgery surgery
Establishing good communications with your surgeon will help you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout the surgery process. This will begin to be put in place during your personal consultation when you will spend time with Dr Cotrufo discussing your individual circumstances.
During you consultation you will:
- Discuss the reasons behind you seeking chin augmentation
- Learn more about chin surgery or implants and the procedure involved
- Discuss the care you will receive before, during and after surgery
- Undergo a full health evaluation
- Have an assessment of the chin/jaw area
- Be able to ask questions and talk through what other options may be available
- Learn about timescales and costs
As your surgery approaches, you may be asked to make some small lifestyle changes and asked to avoid particular activities and medications.
This may include:
- Taking a blood test or other medical tests
- Stopping smoking
- Adjusting or taking certain medications
- Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Refraining from drinking alcohol
- Avoiding sun overexposure, particular to the face
- Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet
If a general anaesthetic is to be used during surgery you will need to follow fasting instructions given by the surgeon.
The chin surgery procedure
- Chin surgery generally takes around an hour, though a chin augmentation may take longer if a lot of work is required or more than once procedure is being carried out
- The incision is made inside the mouth and chin implants are positioned in a natural position if being used
- Finally, the incision is closed using absorbable sutures
After your chin surgery
Once you have been released from the clinic you may want a friend or relative to drive you home.
- You should take it easy the first week after surgery and book time off work
- You should walk around as soon as you feel able
- On the second day after surgery you should be able to shower with mild warm water
- Your head will need to be elevated and kept as still as possible for the first few days after the procedure
- Bruising to the neck and chin area should start to subside in around 7-14 days
- The sutures will be absorbed naturally by your mouth
- All strenuous activity including housework and lifting should be avoided for around one month
- You will need to keep your mouth clean with a non-alcoholic mouth wash and should avoid eating hot and spicy foods are items that contain high levels of bacteria
- Steam baths, saunas and sunbathing should be avoided for several months
- You will attend regular aftercare appointments with Dr Cortufo, which are included in the cost of your surgery
Still have questions about chin surgery?
Dr Stefano Cotrufo is a cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery expert who specialises in surgery procedures for the face and neck area, including chin surgery. If you would like any further information about the procedure, your individual suitability for surgery or the service and aftercare you can expect to receive with Dr Cotrufo, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a personal consultation.