Chin Augmentation

Overview

Chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty, is designed to reshape the chin. It is performed to either enhance the chin with an implant, or reduce its size with surgery on the bone. Occasionally, surgery to the chin bone is used to enlarge the area instead of using an implant. Sometimes, a Specialist Plastic Surgeon will recommend chin surgery to a patient having nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimise the perceived size of the nose. Chin surgery helps provide a harmonious balance to facial features by enhancing facial contours. For patients who feel that their chin is too small, an implant is inserted to enhance the size and shape of the chin. Implants may be made of human tissue or synthetic materials such as silicone or polythene. For patients who feel their chin is too large, surgery is performed on the bone to reshape and resize the chin.

 

Notification

Chin surgery is a highly individualized procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.

Before you decide on chin surgery, there are some important issues to keep in mind:

  • Some chin implants are made from silicone. While currently there is no clear scientific evidence that silicone is a harmful substance, concerns have been raised about the safety of silicone implants
  • Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing cosmetic surgery, you should quit smoking

Chin surgery may not be a good option for you if you are:

  • Not able to have an anaesthetic
  • Prone to bleeding tendencies or have poor healing ability
  • Too high risk of having surgical complications

Chin surgery may be a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and you do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • You have realistic expectations of what chin surgery can accomplish
  • You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking

 

Estimated Cost

Costs associated with the procedure may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anaesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests