Mentoplasty is a procedure designed to increase or reduce the size of the chin to give greater harmony in the patient’s face and profile.
Often combined with rhinoplasty, this operation can involve implanting a prosthesis, sliding a bone fragment forwards or reducing the jawbone, depending on the desired outcome. Although carried out under local anaesthetic, mentoplasty can involve general anaesthetic if combined with another procedure.
Although the implanting of the prosthesis can be carried out by making an incision in the groove between the lower lip and the gums (inside the mouth), it can also be inserted through the skin under the chin. In this latter case, the resulting scars become imperceptible after a few months.
Recovery after this type of procedure is rapid and usually trouble-free. Patients can thus return to normal life and see the outcome almost immediately.