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Chin Reduction

A chin reduction (a.k.a. mentoplasty) is a plastic surgery procedure that reduces chin shape and size through alterations to the chin bone.

Chin Reduction

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

3 months

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$2000 - $5000

The Specifics


What is a chin reduction?

A chin reduction, or mentoplasty plastic surgery, is a cosmetic procedure to reduce the size and shape of the chin through alterations to the mandible bone (aka the lower jaw bone or chin bone). Macrogenia or an overly large jaw, benefits from direct reductions to the chin bone for improved contours of the chin, neck, and jawline. Often a chin reduction is combined with other cosmetic procedures like a rhinoplasty, neck lift, or facelift for significant facial rejuvenation.

What cosmetic concerns does a chin reduction procedure treat?

  1. Chin Shape & Size: In a chin reduction or mentoplasty, the mandible (lower jaw bone) is surgically reduced through shaving techniques.

Who is the ideal candidate for a chin reduction procedure?

The ideal candidate for a chin reduction plastic surgery procedure desires a softer or more subtle chin appearance, or those with macrogenia. A chin reduction procedure is not recommended for those with periodontal disease or those who are still undergoing normal growth and development.

What is the average recovery associated with a chin reduction procedure?

The acute recovery phase following a chin reduction procedure is a week or two of inflammation, discomfort, tightness, bruising, and numbness. A liquid and soft diet is advised for one week. Most patients return to work after one week, and resume most all normal activities after three weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a Chin Reduction procedure?

The possible side effects following a chin reduction procedure include bleeding, pain, prolonged swelling, infection, changes in sensation, and asymmetry.

What can someone expect from the results of a Chin Reduction procedure?

The results of a chin reduction procedure are immediately noticeable and permanent enhancements to chin shape and chin size. The final results, however, will evolve over about six months as the body heals.

What is the average cost of a chin reduction procedure?

A chin reduction procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of a chin reduction is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

PermanentImproved facial harmony

Cons

AsymmetryChanges in sensation

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


A chin reduction decreases the projection of an overly-prominent chin, thereby helping to increase the patient’s facial appearance, self-esteem, and confidence. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a chin reduction.

The Takeaway


A chin reduction surgery performed by an expert plastic surgeon can significantly enhance the facial features through alterations to excess bone for improved contouring and aesthetic.

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  1. BC Rubens, RA West Ptosis of the chin and lip incompetence: consequences of lost mentalis muscle support PubMed.gov; 1989-04-01
  2. Y Jeblaoui, N Guedj, S Drikes, and C Vacher The Chin Fat Pad PubMed.gov; 2012-03-12
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