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Mentoplasty or chin surgery is a quick and easy surgical procedure that offers incredible aesthetic results on the chin or chin.

According to the aesthetic needs of the patient, the maxillofacial surgeon increases, decreases or remodels the chin size three-dimensionally.

A silicone or other material prosthesis is implanted, of small dimensions, whose texture and hardness resembles the bone, thus preventing a notable difference between a natural chin and that which has been improved by means of a prosthesis.

Diagnostic Appointment

At the first consultation, you will receive information about the intervention, and the surgeon will make the medical history. In the consultations prior to the prosthetic mentoplasty intervention, it is necessary to explore the areas to be treated, measure certain parameters and the general state of health, and take photographs.

The physical examination, along with age and history, will serve to request other complementary tests before the operation. The measurements will help to decide the technique to use and the photographs will serve to evaluate the result. It is important to tell if you have a major illness; if you smoke; if you take any medication; or if you are allergic to any medicine or product. Our advice is that you should ask anything you doubt.

It is important that you communicate to the surgeon what your expectations are, so that the surgeon can explain if they can be met or if there are limitations to them. The surgeon will explain what results can be obtained and which surgical technique is best suited for a mentoplasty operation. It will explain the techniques and type of anesthesia that will be used, and where the surgery will be performed. Also, in the consultation we will inform you about the cost of the intervention.

The analysis of the chin must be carried out in its 3 dimensions: the Horizontal (anterior-posterior), Vertical (superior-inferior), and the Transverse position of the chin in relation to other facial structures. Photographs must be taken from the front, profile and obliquely, taking as a reference the horizontal plane of Frankfurt (a line that joins the highest part of the ear canal with the infraorbital border) that is parallel to the floor.

Anteroposterior cephalometric radiography allows the detection and evaluation of the transverse asymmetry of the chin skeleton.


Mentoplasty helps to obtain:

  • A more defined chin

  • A more balanced and harmonious profile

  • More defined neck and jaw line

  • Decreased double chin

During the consultation and together with the surgeon you will decide the convenience of the surgery. On some occasions, your surgeon will suggest a mentoplasty to complement a rhinoplasty, since a small chin can make the nose look bigger than it really is. The surgeon will evaluate other factors that may affect the final result, such as age, skin type and the surgical procedure will be described in detail, as well as the possible results and risks.

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Augmentation mentoplasty;
To correct a too small chin. When the chin or chin has little or very little projection, an augmentation mentoplasty is used, a surgery that brings more strength and personality to the face, balancing its features and marking more the features.

There are several techniques to perform augmentation mentoplasty, although the most common procedure is the implantation of a prosthesis. Depending on each case, the chin augmentation prosthesis can be placed in two ways: through an incision inside the mouth, which will not leave scars, or through a small cut below the chin, it will leave a scar just visible.

For augmentation mentoplasty, a small incision is made, either in the oral mucosa or under the chin. An implant of which there are various shapes, sizes and various materials such as silicone, medpor, biocoral is placed to achieve a projection or changes in the shape and / or size of the chin in a harmonious way, proportioned and balanced with the rest of the set facial, whether seen from the front or in profile.

Said prosthesis can be rigid or injectable. As all surgery involves a certain degree of risks, although these are low for non-emergency cases, complications such as bleeding and infection can still occur.

If you are considering chin surgery, or mentoplasty, it is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. This treatment can improve one of the most important features of the face which is the completion of the jaw.

Reverse Mentoplasty;

To correct a prominent chin. When the chin is excessively prominent, a recoil mentoplasty softens the features, highlights the mouth and lips, and provides a sweeter, more feminine-looking profile.

The procedure for performing a recoil mentoplasty involves sanding the bone from the inside of the mouth through a small incision in the groove between the lower lip and the gums. Once the chin has been mobilized to the desired position, it is fixed with titanium micro-screws and the incision is sutured.

Men and women use mentoplasty to reshape the chin and achieve a harmonious and proportionate profile. It is a plastic surgery in which local anesthesia is generally used, although in some cases it may require general anesthesia. The duration of the intervention is usually from 30 minutes to an hour.

When a patient has an occlusal and skeletal jaw problem, a mentoplasty is not enough to fix it. Orthognathic surgery, usually jaw advancement, is required. To determine what type of intervention the patient needs, the maxillofacial surgeon performs the necessary clinical-radiological tests. In either case, the Maxillofacial Institute offers a virtual simulation to the patient to increase their confidence in the results.

Postoperative and care after a Mentoplasty

After the mentoplasty procedure, certain care must be taken. It is not common for pain to appear, but if necessary, it will be treated with pain relievers. Each patient may present with swelling, either of lesser or greater intensity and that may be accompanied by ecchymosis.

You have to follow a diet that will consist of eating porridge and smoothies. You have to wait a bit to be able to eat normally the meals you used to eat.

When you go to bed the ideal thing will be to do it with your head facing the ceiling. It is good that after the procedure you can rest and be as relaxed as possible, since you have just had surgery, you have been under pressure and stress of the moment.


You have to use ice and then apply it to the chin area. You will also have to put compresses of cold water and chamomile. It is necessary to do it to reduce the swelling, so over time it will disappear.

Avoid making a lot of effort, such as carrying the child or playing with your pet, since it can hit your face. It is recommended to protect yourself so that you cannot suffer any damage in the area of ​​the double chin.

The healing process is important, so you will have to protect yourself from the sun for at least 6 weeks until there is a healing process, but it will only make it difficult for you to heal normally. It is recommended to use sunscreen during the postoperative period of a mentoplasty.

Although the patient will present inflation and where it can last one or two weeks, it will depend on the physical state of the patient, since each organism is different. The doctor will give scope to control the inflammation.

It is important to follow the instructions of the surgeon after the mentoplasty. It will depend on the care you keep in order to carry out a satisfactory process.

Keep in mind that the results can be seen immediately, however as the inflammation decreases, the final result will be seen, which can occur approximately between 3 or 5 months.


His appearance will improve as time goes by and the end result will be satisfactory and with the objective, either the reduction or the increase of the chin, giving him a new face and a different profile that he always wanted.



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