What is Mentoplasty?
Mentoplasty, also known as a Chin Job, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.
Surgery is performed on the lower jaw line and chin area to improve proportions of the face. These types of interventions are frequently suggested by board-certified plastic surgeons to improve the harmony of facial features and improve the chin/jaw/cheek/forehead balance.
Sometimes the jaw itself can be moved forward in an operation called a mentoplasty or genioplasty. Shaped silicone implants can also be used to give more projection to the chin. Conversely, bone can be removed to decrease an overly projecting chin. Modifications to the upper and/or lower jaw can be advised for improved chewing dynamics and occlusion—or how the teeth fit together. These operations can range from simple to complex.
Many times a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery or procedures to a patient having a rhinoplasty in order to achieve better facial proportions, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.
With recent advances in technology, and after obtaining informed consent after reviewing all options, risks, and benefits, your plastic surgeon may suggest off-label use of FDA approved gel filler material as an alternative for augmenting the chin area that may be temporary.