Mentoplasty or chin reshaping is a procedure to change the profile of the chin. This procedure may be frequently combined with a rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) to enhance the patient profile. In order to understand if you could benefit from such a procedure you need to understand some basics of the science of how your teeth fit together (dental occlusion).
When a patient comes to the office seeking a change in the appearance of the chin, the first step is to assess how the teeth fit together. The chin may be understood as the front part of the mandible, which holds the teeth. If it is in very forward or very retruded position, the teeth may similarly be placed in an unfavorable position. Depending on how unfavorable and any other dental issues, this may need to be corrected.
If the dental occlusion is satisfactory and a cosmetic change in the chin is all that is required a chin implant may be a very effective method to improve the appearance of the chin. An incision is made either under the chin or inside the mouth and an implant is placed.
If dental occlusion needs to be corrected or more major facial skeletal procedures are indicated, the chin can be reshaped using techniques to break the jaw and reposition the mandible. This is a much bigger procedure than a chin implant with the potential for more serious complications. Procedures are also available to slice some of the chin anteriorly, reposition it, and hold it in a new position.
Consider a chin implant if you feel your chin is retruded, weak or asymmetric. Visit a facial plastic surgeon with experience in this procedure. After a consultation you will be able to determine if this is the best procedure for you.