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Chin Augmentation FAQ

How long does a chin augmentation procedure take and how long until i’m fully healed?

Chin augmentation, also referred to as mentoplasty, lasts for about one to three hours. You will experience some swelling that should fully subside after about six weeks.

How long will it take for my face to fully heal after mentoplasty?

After three months most of the swelling should have subsided and you should be able to see most of the final result. It takes about a year to fully heal from a mentoplasty.

What postoperative symptoms should i expect after a chin augmentation?

Some feelings of tenderness and tightness are to be expected after surgery along with a little trouble chewing. You will be given pain medication to help with the discomfort and you may be asked to stay on a soft food and liquid diet for a couple days.

I’m getting a mentoplasty on thursday. when can i start exercising again?

Exercising too soon after surgery may increase the time it takes for the swelling to subside. It is recommended that you refrain from any type of exercise, especially aerobic, for at least three weeks post surgery.

How many days after a chin augmentation can i return to work?

If you are only undergoing mentoplasty surgery, it is recommended that you stay off from work for at least one week. If you are getting multiple procedures done at the same time it is recommended that you stay off work for at least two or sometimes even three weeks. Always after any surgery, it is important that you take it easy and refrain from bending, lifting, and straining during the healing period.

Will i be awake during my chin augmentation?

No, you will be comfortably asleep with a mild IV sedation. A local anesthetic will also be used to numb the surgical area.

How long does mentoplasty surgery take?

Mentoplasty surgery takes between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

How long will i be swollen and bruised for after mentoplasty surgery?

Swelling and bruising starts subsiding in the first week after mentoplasty surgery but can last for up to six weeks. However, you will be able to camouflage bruising after about a week with some makeup.

What type of material is used for a chin implant?

Chin implants are made from synthetic material that feels like natural chin tissue. The implants come in different sizes and shapes for custom fitting.

I’m interested in getting a rhinoplasty. should i also look into getting a chin augmentation?

Yes, it might be good to consider mentoplasty (chin augmentation) as well. Sometimes if a nose is too prominent on the face, it could mean a weak chin and vice versa. A mentoplasty is used to balance the face and readjust facial proportion. So even a prominent nose can have a reduced appearance with a mentoplasty.

What does a “weak chin” mean?

A weak chin is one that is placed too far back in the face by a measurement of greater than two to three millimeters from the base of the nose to the front of the chin.

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