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Have you noticed that in pictures of you taken in profile, your chin seems to be somewhat missing in action? Does your nose appear to be very prominent when it really isn’t? Does your jaw appear to be hidden by a fatty neck? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe a chin augmentation (also known as an augmentation mentoplasty, mentoplasty, or genioplasty) should be considered.

When you examine people, you can sense either facial harmony or disharmony. There is an accepted relationship among the upper, mid and lower face that when disrupted, creates a sense of imbalance. This is most vividly evidenced by those who have an extremely underdeveloped chin which over accentuates the projection of an otherwise normal sized nose.

The simplest solution to providing greater projection of the chin involves the insertion of a chin implant that is most often constructed of a rubberized solid silicone that feels like the underlying bone that it is placed on. These chin implants can be inserted either through an incision placed in the natural crease below the chin or through one made intraorally.

A chin augmentation can be performed as an isolated procedure or combined with others, most commonly a rhinoplasty, neck liposuction or contouring, or facelift. The surgery is fairly minor but the results can be quite impressive.

Before chin implant

Before chin augmentation

After chin augmentation

After chin augmentation

If you would like to obtain additional information on a chin augmentation or any other cosmetic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule a consultation, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

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