A well positioned chin is essential for the harmony of the
face. It must be in balance with the mouth, the nose and the
forehead. Plastic Surgery has solutions for cases of retracted
or advanced chins, so as to provide a more pleasant profile
from the aesthetic point of view. Furthermore, the surgery
eliminates the impression of a double chin. The most common
type of mentoplasty aims at correcting the retracted chin
(toward the back), through the placement of a silicone implant
between the bone and the muscles of the chin. The implants
are pre-molded and are available in several sizes according
the need of each patient. Silicone in its solid form, has
been used successfully in plastic surgery for 25 years. It
is substance that is harmless to the body, and has no carcinogenic
action. Cases of rejection to the implant are rare, and in
most cases these are linked to traumas, hemorrhages or infections
that occurred during the postoperative period.
Ten days prior to the surgery the patient must stop taking
any medication based on acetylsalicylic acid, such as aspirin.
The doctor must be informed about any medication that the
patient is taking, as well as about any possible disturbances
immediately prior to the surgery, such as colds and dental
infections. The mouth must be carefully washed with antiseptics
for the three days that precede the surgery.
Mentoplasty is a rather simple surgery, initiated with a small
incision made on the inside of the mouth or on the lower part
of the chin, through where the implant is introduced. Local
anesthesia is more indicated for this surgery. In case mentoplasty
is combined with other surgeries, the surgeon may opt for
If solely mentoplasty is performed the patient does not need
to remain in rest; the patient will have to be especially
careful about his/her mouth hygiene during the initial ten
days, if the surgery was performed from the inside of the
mouth. Diet is free, but in the beginning solid food must
be avoided, because they require intense chewing. External
stitches are removed on the seventh day, in the case of intraoral
surgeries the stitches are reabsorbed. Swelling subsides naturally.
The final result can be verified from the 6th month on.
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