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Chin surgery, often referred to as mentoplasty or genioplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin. This can be accomplished in several ways. Your plastic surgeon may recommend enhancement with a facial implant or reshaping with fat grafting.
The general goal of cosmetic chin surgery in Raleigh NC is to provide a harmonious balance to your chin and facial features so that you feel better about the way you look.
Many times a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery in Raleigh NC to a patient having nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.
What Happens During Chin Surgery?
Anesthesia will be administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
With a short incision under the chin or inside the mouth, your plastic surgeon can place a chin implant directly on the bone. If the incision is made inside your mouth, it will follow along the crease that joins your lower lip and gums. An incision just beneath the chin is another alternative that may be recommended.
Surgery will usually require thirty minutes to an hour. Before the surgery, your plastic surgeon selects the proper size and shape implant to enhance your appearance. He then inserts it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The small incision to create the pocket and insert the implant is placed inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or in the skin just under the chin area.
Recovering from Chin Surgery
The chin is also taped to minimize swelling and discomfort. If an intra-oral incision is used, the sutures will dissolve on their own.The incision under the chin will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following your surgery. While the initial outcome of plastic surgery with facial implants is noticeable almost immediately, it may be obscured by visible swelling, which can take several months to fully dissipate.
How Much Does Chin Surgery Cost in Raleigh NC?At your consultation, Kristen or Laura will provide you with a detailed individual estimate given your surgeon’s recommendations. Please click here if you would like a generalized price estimate.
Schedule Your Chin Surgery Consultation
Our plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. If you’re ready to learn more about the chin procedure, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Use the email form to send a question or call (919) 785-0505 to speak with our patient coordinator.