Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty)

Mentoplasty (Chin Augmentation)

A weak chin, weak jaw, or recessed chin can make the nose look disproportionate and larger. This weak chin (microgenia) can also make the neck appear less defined. In addition, an underdeveloped chin can falsely convey to others a perception of weakness femininity in a male. A chin implant is one option that can enhance the chin providing balance and harmony to the face.

Chin implantation can be performed alone, but is often performed with a facelift or a rhinoplasty (nose job). Performed with a facelift or rhinoplasty result by providing harmony and balance between the nose and the chin. Not every rhinoplasty requires a chin implant, but the chin is often overlooked in a nasal evaluation, and may be a very important part of achieving a natural appearing, balanced result. Dr Funk uses special implants that are designed to appear natural and undetectable. During your consultation he will carefully evaluate your facial bone structure to determine if chin augmentation is right for you.

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What is a prejowl implant?

Female patients who have heavy jowls (the fatty sagging skin along the jawline) may notice a more square or masculine jawline. Women’s jawline should be heart shaped. The recess or depression in front of the jawline can be filled with a prejowl implant. Prejowl implants are modifications of chin implants performed to rejuvenate the jawline. They do not add any projection to the chin, instead they are designed to fill in the hollow region in front of the jowl. This region is called the prejowl sulcus.

Women may also receive injection to the prejowl area with a filler such as Radiesse, Perlane, or Juvederm. This provides a more heart-shaped appearance to the jawline with less downtime, bruising, or pain.

What will a chin implant do for me?

A chin implant will enhance the appearance of your jaw giving you a stronger chin, especially on profile. Chin augmentation provides balance and harmony between the nose and the cheeks. A weak chin may lead the nose to appear disproportionately large. Chin augmentation can be performed alone, or in conjunction with a rhinoplasty (nasal surgery). Chin implantation may also be performed along with a neck lift or facelift in order to create a natural distinction between the face and neck.

How will I know if I am a good candidate for a chin implant?

This will be determined during your detailed consultation.

What kind of implants are used? What are chin implants made of?

There are many kinds of facial implants. Silastic implants are most common as they are easily inserted, integrate well with the facial bones and tissues, do not have a tendency to migrate or move, and rarely if ever get infected.

Are facial implants permanent?

Facial implants provide a permanent solution to augment the bony structure of the face. They do not degrade, rarely shift, extrude, or get infected. Silastic implants can be easily removed if necessary.

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