CHIN AUGMENTATION (Mentoplasty)
The chin conveys strength and sophisticated beauty when in balance and harmony with other facial structures, such as the nose. As a rule of thumb, the chin prominence should meet a line drawn directly downward from the lower lip. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Givens offers chin implant surgery in the Dubuque area for women and men who want to define or enhance a receding chin.
STRENGTHEN A WEAK, UNDERDEVELOPED CHIN
MINIMIZE THE APPEARANCE OF JOWLS OR A DOUBLE CHIN
BRING BALANCE TO THE NOSE AND CHIN
IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF CHIN DIMPLING
Chin augmentation can be performed one of two ways. The first option is to build up the chin using an artificial implant. An incision will be made either inside the mouth or underneath the chin. A small pocket will be created in front of the chin bone, and the implant will be placed inside. The second option is to move/reshape the patient’s own chin bones to create better definition in the chin. The incision will be made inside the mouth along the lower gum. Through the incision, the jawbone will be cut, moved forward and wired or screwed into place.
Post-operative discomfort, swelling and soreness following chin implant surgery are normal, and will quickly subside. Patients should stick to a diet of liquids or soft foods-only for a day or two after surgery, and get plenty of rest while avoiding strenuous activities. Dr. Givens will schedule follow-up visits to check the healing progress, remove sutures and advise you as to when you can return to work, exercise and other normal activities.