Think of your chin as a supporting character for the rest of your face. Unlike the eyes or the mouth, the ideal chin will never call attention to itself–instead, it helps create a strong jawline and an even frame for the face, enhancing the other features and overall appearance.

    By contrast, a disproportionately sized chin can disrupt the balance among facial features. This is a common issue that can be easily corrected with chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty.

    Depending on the patient’s needs, mentoplasty will involve either augmentation of the chin with implants or chin reduction. This procedure is commonly performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty, which can significantly enhance a patient’s appearance and profile.

    Who is a candidate for chin surgery?

    Patients who experience any of the following could be strong candidates for mentoplasty:

      • A disproportionately large or small chin
      • A chin that juts out prominently
      • A flat or receded chin
      • A weak jawline

    How does chin surgery work?

    For chin augmentation, Dr. Schmidt will place a soft, natural-feeling implant deep within the chin tissue. As an expert in facial anatomy, Dr. Schmidt will carefully sculpt the implant to harmonize with the nose and other facial features.

    For chin reduction, Dr. Schmidt will file down the lower jawbone to reduce its prominence. This procedure can also typically restore an even chin or jawline for patients with an asymmetrical bone structure.

    Dr. Schmidt will hide incisions for chin surgery behind the chin under the mouth, so visible scarring is not a concern.

    Results and recovery

    The results of chin surgery are immediate and permanent. Patients will leave with a proportionate chin and strong, balanced profile.

    Dr. Schmidt consults personally with each patient regarding recovery and aftercare. Typically, patients will wear dressings over the chin, which can be removed about a week after surgery.

    Patients should expect minor bruising and swelling after the procedure, which typically dissipates by the two-week mark after surgery.

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