Chin surgery or Mentoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgeries. This treatment can improve your appearance and your self-confidence as it improves one of the most important features of the face that is the termination of the mandible.
The surgery is performed in a hospital. Usually this surgery can be performed on an outpatient in the case of a placement of prostheses. The procedures for amending the chin bone structure may require a brief stay in the clinic.
The mentoplasty can be performed with local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure and depending on what you and your surgeon prefer. With regard to wound healing, as the incision is made on the inside of the mouth there is no visible scar.
The mentoplasty is a procedure that can be done in two ways. The first and simplest is the placement of a prosthesis of a rigid plastic such as silicon (very similar to the feeling of the bone). The second way is to modify the structure of the chin with a small osteotomy. This procedure does not need a prosthesis, only a small titanium plate to stabilize the bone temporarily modified. During surgery, a space is opened to place a prosthetic chin or the shape of the chin is mechanically modified. The features of each procedure will be explained with their advantages and disadvantages.
The final result will depend on your facial structure, as this aspect is just one of those who make the appearance of the face. Finally there will be some stitches within the mouth to close the small incision.
Therefore, surgery is best indicated for:
-Adult patients, both men and women who want to improve the appearance and harmony of the face.
-Individuals with clear objectives, and within the real possibilities of the procedure, including being aware of its limitations.
You will be asked to sign a consent form to ensure that there was a full understanding about the procedure to be conducted and that you are aware of the possible and potential complications. Possible complications of this surgery include: accumulation of blood under the skin (skin), swelling (edema), infection, poor healing, loss of hair at the site of the incision, the facial nerve injuries followed by facial asymmetry, areas with vascular suffering of the skin, areas with loss of sensitivity,thrombus formation and anesthetic complications.
After surgery you will wake up with healing dressings on the operated area, whose function is to protect and provide mild local compression. After surgery you will be encouraged to flex and extend your feet, exercising the calves at least 20 times every hour when awake. In the following days, short walks every two hours for about 10 minutes are recomended. Care in relation to wound healing and dressing changes, returns, and the prescription of drugs needed, will be delivered by Dr. Ventura.
The intervention can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general, and the time spent at the health center may be only a few hours if done outpatient, or one day if you enter the clinic.
At first the feeling of swelling (edema), bruising and discomfort on the operated area is normal. The return to normal activities will be gradual and the guidance of Dr. Ventura. Some areas with lack of sensitivity and discreetly hardened in the region operated may occur and gradually improve in the months that follow. As the initial healing process takes about 5 to 10 days, stitches will only be removed after this period. The entire process takes several months and it is therefore necessary to maintain some specific care treatments that will be oriented by your plastic surgeon. The resulting scars are permanent and the final result depends on the individuality of each patient.