An under projecting chin can detract significantly from the overall facial harmony and balance. For example, a normal sized nose can appear too large when there is loss of the balancing effect from the lower face (chin). Some people even wrongly equate a small chin somehow with weakness of an individual.
The goal of a chin enlargement, or mentoplasty, is to increase the size of the chin, usually to a more anterior (forward) position though it can also be for increased vertical height. Three approaches can be considered for accomplish this:
- Insertion of an implant
- Fracturing and repositioning of the jaw bone
- Soft tissue augmentation
The most common technique used to obtain a chin enlargement is with the placement of a solid silicone implant directly on the under projecting chin. This is accomplished either through a small incision under the chin or inside the mouth. Surgery can be performed using sedation or under general anesthesia. The procedure is also frequently done in conjunction with a rhinoplasty, facelift and neck contouring.
Chin Augmentation Before-and-After Photos*
Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub is a very experienced plastic surgeon who has performed a large number of chin augmentations in over 20 years of practice. The following are examples of his expertise in this procedure.
*Individual Results May Vary
Please contact the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to learn more about chin enlargement or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Turkeltaub.