Mentoplasty | Chin Surgery in Jackson MS
Our double board certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. J. Randall Jordan and Dr. J. George Smith, perform Mentoplasty procedures for the residents of Jackson and surrounding communities in Mississippi.
Mentoplasty is surgery to change the shape of the chin. As discussed earlier, the contours of the face should compliment each other. Refinement in one area may require changes in another to achieve the desired result of a harmonious facial architecture. Thus the chin and the nose and the chin and the neck influence each other considerably. A receding chin will cause the neck to look fat and saggy, and a long nose to look longer. These relationships, if they exist, will be pointed out during the consultation with the use of the computer imager.
The most common situation is that of the receding chin, but too prominent of a chin can also exist. An examination of the teeth and "bite" is necessary to determine if more than just a chin deformity exists. Sometimes the jaw will need to be adjusted to align the teeth as well as the chin. Usually, however, an implant can easily be placed along the front of the chin to increase the projection.
The operation is usually performed under "Twilight Anesthesia" and the patient can go home afterwards. An incision is made between the lower lip and lower gum and the implant is placed through this incision. The operation usually adds only 15 to 20 minutes to any other procedure being performed. A dressing is applied for gentle pressure on the chin. The patient is seen the next morning in the office.
What kind of implant is used During The Mentoplasty Procedure?
Currently a medical grade mesh material called Mersilene is used. This material has extensive use over many years and has been found to be safe and satisfactory. After four to six weeks the implant is incorporated into the tissue around the chin and feels like a part of the jaw.
Healing is usually complete in one week. Mild pain usually only lasts one to two days, and bruising and swelling is minimal in most cases. Most people can return to work after two to three days.
possible complications of Mentoplasty Surgery
Rejection of the implant is very uncommon, as is infection. The implant can shift if bumped in the early post-operative period, and this might require a second operation to reposition the implant.