What is it?

Mentoplasty or chin surgery is a surgical procedure to increase, decrease or reshape the shape of the chin. This technique achieves the desired projection and the adequate proportion between the facial elements. It is performed on many occasions as a complement to a rhinoplasty to improve the profile of the patient (perfiloplasty)


Provides desired size and shape

Balances and improves facial appearance

Can be performed with different technique

Synthetic filler material, own fat or bringing the bone forward/back

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The procedure

The surgical procedure will vary according to the need and characteristics of the patient. Dr. Alexo Carballeira, after evaluating the patient, will inform them about the technique most appropriate for their case and will clarify any type of doubt.

The most common technique is chin augmentation, which can be carried out by implanting a synthetic prosthesis of different materials, usually silicone or by the grafting of own fat or advancing of the jaw. In the case of prosthesis placement, it is possible to insert it through a small incision inside the mouth (intraoral), or through a small incision in the skin below the chin (external). To bring forward the jaw, a cut is made in the bone (osteotomy) to slide it forward and it is fixed with screws or wires. If autologous fat is used as filling material, in other words from the patient himself, it will be injected into the area. For this last technique ACualipo is the perfect ally.

To reduce the chin when it is too prominent it will be necessary to section or sand the bone.

Depending on the technique, general or local anaesthesia plus sedation will be used and hospitalisation may or may not be required.

Type of treatment: surgical.
Time for completion: 1 hour.
Anaesthesia: local plus sedation or general.
Hospitalisation: not required.
Recovery: 4 to 5 days.


After the procedure, some bruising and swelling of the area may appear, which will progressively disappear after a few days. The patient may feel some discomfort, but it is perfectly controllable with the medication prescribed by the surgeon. After 4 or 5 days, the patient can usually return to his or her daily life.

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The result

Very significant

Scar not visible or minimally visible

Appreciable after swelling

Very long-lasting

In short, mentoplasty is a very safe and uncomplicated procedure provided that it is performed by an experienced surgeon. As we have seen, there are different options and the technique will depend on the particular case of the patient.

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