Chin reduction surgery can give patients with unbalanced facial features an improved facial profile. Also known as mentoplasty, this procedure can be performed to reduce the appearance of an overly-prominent chin. Chin reduction surgery is a safe procedure that typically lasts around one hour and can provide transformative results for patients unhappy with the size or shape of their chin.
Preparing for the Procedure
During an initial consultation prior to the procedure, we will discuss how to reshape your chin in order to provide a more balanced facial profile. You will be asked to stop taking any blood thinners in the weeks leading up to the procedure, as they can create excessive bleeding and complications during and after the surgery. You will be walked through various options to achieve optimal results and we will explain all aspects of the procedure in detail, answering any questions you may have.
After administering general anesthesia, an incision will be made either inside the mouth along the bottom lip or underneath the chin. At this point, the skin will be separated from the chin bone and the reshaping of the chin structure can begin. Excess bone and tissue will be removed and the tip of the chin may be repositioned to be less prominent. The tip of the chin will then be secured with metal wires and plates. An implant may be placed in the chin to smooth out sharp contours.
Once the chin has been repositioned and shaved, the incision will be sutured closed. Incisions made under the chin will leave minimal scars, while inner-mouth incisions will be completely hidden. During your pre-procedure consultation, we will discuss which option is best for you.
Recovery will be discussed during your pre-procedure consultation and a detailed post-procedure plan will be given to you to ensure a proper recovery. You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure but will be unable to operate a car or heavy machinery for 48 hours due to the effects of general anesthesia. Once you are brought safely home, recovery will take about a week, at which point you should be able to return to work and daily activities.
Your diet will need to consist of liquids and soft foods for at least the first few days of your recovery as your ability to chew will be limited. You can expect pain and discomfort that may last two weeks, as well as swelling that will last for up to six weeks. Painkillers and ice can be used during this time to provide relief.
During your recovery period, your new facial contours will not be fully developed. It may take up to two months for your new chin to finish taking shape. A small amount of nerve damage in the lower lip and chin can be a side effect for some patients, leading to temporary or permanent numbness. However, this risk is not common, and your choice of a plastic surgeon experienced in chin reduction techniques will further reduce the possibility of permanent side effects.
Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute
Dr. George Bitar and Dr. Larry Lickstein are board-certified plastic surgeons who are distinguished in their field for their commitment to patient care, safety and satisfaction. Our expert staff is ready to handle all your cosmetic concerns and put you on a path to a more beautiful you. Schedule an appointment at Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute to determine if you are a candidate for chin reduction surgery with doctors who truly care. Call our Manassas office at 703-257-6000 or our Fairfax office at 703-206-0506 to schedule your consultation today.