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Mentoplasty (Chin Surgery)

Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.

Reshaping of the chin is a surgical procedure that can bring a more harmonious balance to your face. It may be performed alone or in conjunction with other treatments. One of the more common aspects of reshaping is the introduction of chin implants. The implants can be made from a variety of materials. The type of implant used depends on the desired outcome and the individual patient requirements. As in all elective facial changes, one should make an informed decision, have realistic expectations, and seek improvement and balance, not perfection.

About the Procedure 
The plastic surgeon usually makes a small incision inside the mouth just below the lower lip or in the exterior skin below the chin to create a pocket for the implant. The implant, which has been selected in a size and shape for the specific patient, is placed in the pocket over the front of the jawbone. The entire procedure may take between 30 minutes and an hour. In most cases a general anesthesia is used (rendering the patient unconscious), though in some cases local anesthesia is used along with a sedative.

The chin is usually taped  to minimize swelling. Sutures can be removed in about a week. Sutures inside the mouth will dissolve. Some discomfort and swelling may continue for several days. Following implantation, you may have some readjustments to smiling or talking, and may see some bruising on the chin. The surgeon will advise you on dental hygiene and restrictions to observe after the procedure.

Contact Us

OMC's plastic surgery department can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on holidays), at:

tel: 507.529.6740 

fax: 507.529.6741

Mailing address:

Olmsted Medical Center
Attn: Plastic Surgery 
1650 Fourth Street SE 
Rochester, MN 55904

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