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Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty)
Gulf Shores

Chin augmentation, also known as mentoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of the chin. Whether correcting a receding chin or seeking facial balance and harmony, this procedure offers transformative results. McCollough Plastic Surgery offers chin augmentation in Gulf Shores as a key element of facial enhancement to help you achieve an aesthetic that conforms to your overall facial harmony and goals.

What Is Mentoplasty?

“Mentum” is the Greek word for chin; the suffix “plasty” means to shape or mold. When the chin is too small for the face, chin augmentation (mentoplasty) can produce dramatic improvement in facial features. This procedure involves enhancing the size and contour of the chin to achieve facial harmony and balance. Whether used in conjunction with other facial surgeries or as a standalone procedure, mentoplasty creates a more aesthetically pleasing profile for the patient.

An Element of Total Facial Enhancement

Very often, it is necessary to recommend surgery for a receding chin in connection with a nasal plastic operation, a face lift, liposuction of the neck, or as an isolated procedure. This occurs because the aesthetic plastic surgeon does not consider the chin as an isolated structure but rather as an important feature of the face. More specifically, he thinks in terms of the best profile obtainable for the patient. This procedure carries a high success rate and, in most cases, adds the “finishing touch” when reconstructing facial harmony.

Chin Augmentation

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Who Should Consider Chin Augmentation?

During your consultation for cheek augmentation in Gulf Shores, your chin will be analyzed to determine if augmentation should be considered. Generally speaking, if one examines his profile (side view) in a mirror, the chin projection should approach a vertical line dropped from the lower lip. Too much recession of the chin, particularly when accompanied by a slanting forehead, will cause the features to taper to a point in the mid-face if only a rhinoplasty is done. We may advise against any surgery for some individuals unless the projection of the chin can be increased along with rhinoplasty.

Of course, there are patients who desire chin augmentation alone for a receding or “weak” chin, which has resulted from long-term nasal blockage, enlarged adenoids, dental problems, or a family trait. Many patients undergoing face and neck lifts and who have a receding chin accompanied by excess fatty tissue under the chin can achieve a better profile by having a chin implant and submental liposuction performed in conjunction with their face and neck lifts.

The Recovery Process After Chin Augmentation

With chin augmentation, one must be willing to accept certain risks that may occur with any surgery on other areas of the body (i.e., infection, rejection, numbness, swelling, asymmetries, discoloration, distortions, scars, etc.). Although the chin area will be sensitive for a few days, postoperative discomfort is usually negligible. Until most of the swelling has subsided, the lower lip and chin area may feel somewhat full and tight. Do not try to evaluate the results of your surgery too soon. It may take several weeks before the majority of swelling and tightness subsides, sometimes longer.

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The McCollough Chin Augmentation Approach

The operation is usually performed from inside the mouth through an incision above the crease between the lower lip and gum. Absorbable sutures are used, and when the scar “matures,” it is generally well-camouflaged. if it is performed in conjunction with another procedure, it is not necessary for the patient to remain at the clinic any longer than if the other procedure alone is done (i.e., rhinoplasty, face lift). Most patients may resume their presurgical activities within one week.

“Twilight” anesthesia is used for chin augmentation. Medical-grade mesh is our choice to increase the chin projection by supporting the soft tissue overlying the mandible or jaw bone. This is the same concept as with breast augmentation, wherein an implant is placed under the tissue. In the chin operation, the implant is placed on the jaw bone so that the soft tissues (skin, fat, and muscles) rest upon the implant, not the bone. A receding chin is usually the result of a short mandible (jaw bone). An implant placed on the mandible supports the tissues, bringing the chin into better alignment.

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Dr. McCollough is a distinguished double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, holding certifications from both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Renowned globally for his expertise, Dr. McCollough is committed to enhancing not only his patients’ appearances but also their overall quality of life.

At McCollough Plastic Surgery, we offer a trusted destination for individuals seeking both minimal and comprehensive transformations in their appearance and well-being. Our state-of-the-art medical facility is nestled in the heart of Craft Farms, a scenic Arnold Palmer-designed golf resort just minutes away from the sugar white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. We believe that looking one’s best can pave the way toward enduring health, happiness, and prosperity. Contact us today to schedule your consultation for cheek augmentation in Gulf Shores and embark on a journey to a more confident you.

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