The shape of your face is often identified as the thing that makes you “beautiful”, and having an overly small or recessed chin, or an oversized or overly prominent chin can affect the rest of your facial features. It is also suggested that your chin should be in proportion to your nose to create facial harmony.
It is generally agreed by facial experts that a stronger jawline is associated with a more dominant personality. Whilst we don’t like to generalise or be gender specific, it is usually men requesting a more chiselled, square and “masculine” chin while women more often go for a smaller, more rounded “feminine” chin.
The medical term for chin surgery is mentoplasty. There are two types – augmentation and reduction.
A chin augmentation is a procedure that involves inserting an implant in the chin and/or around the jaw area to better define and shape the chin to a more aesthetically pleasing shape. Quite often this procedure is to rectify what is considered to be a “weak” chin where the patient feels it does not balance with the rest of their face.
A chin implant is generally performed as a day procedure but depending on the patient may also require an overnight stay. The procedure involves an incision being made either inside the mouth or in the natural crease of the chin or just under the jaw to insert the implant.
Chin implants come in various shapes and sizes and can even be designed to specifically suit the patient. It is helpful if you bring images or pictures of chins and profiles that you admire and would like to have to your consultation with Dr Bill Lyon so he is better able to identify what you want and whether or not it is possible.
A chin reduction is for patients who have an overly prominent chin and want to create a more subtle contour and profile. The procedure involves removing chin bone and/or surrounding chin muscle. Incisions for this surgery are usually made inside the mouth and involves the surgeon breaking the jawbone in several places whereby the bone is fused together into its new position. It can result in a smaller and more aesthetically pleasing chin and jawline.