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Chin Surgery (Mentoplasty)

istock_000019489528_smallMentoplasty, commonly known as chin surgery is an ideal cosmetic surgery option for people who are unhappy with the shape of their chin in relation to the rest of the face. The surgeon may recommend chin augmentation or chin reduction procedure and other techniques depending on the unique facial anatomy in order to make the chin look more proportionate and attractive.

During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain all aspects of mentoplasty to the patient and help them make an appropriate decision. Board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) provides chin surgery to patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and surrounding locations.

Chin Augmentation

If the patient’s chin is undermined or recessive, it may cause the neck to appear fleshy and the nose may appear oversized. Chin augmentation surgery can be performed in such a case to add volume to a weak chin and create better facial balance. The procedure typically involves surgical insertion of implants to enhance the chin and bring it in proportion with the overall facial structure.

Chin implants are commonly used for both women and men to improve the shape and size of the chin. Chin implant candidates will usually include people with a recessive chin, pointed or squared chin, and an accentuated nose or fleshy neck. The procedure will also help to improve jaw definition.

In some cases, the surgeon may recommend chin augmentation surgery in conjunction with rhinoplasty to create more harmonious looking outcomes. Lip augmentation and cheek implants are other facial procedures that are often combined with chin augmentation.

In case of a recessive chin, the surgeon will place the chin implants in a way to supplement the existing bone at the front of the jaw. The implant is placed underneath the skin to improve the strength of the chin and increase definition. A balanced, attractive and natural looking face can be achieved with this surgery.

Chin Reduction

Chin reduction surgery may be performed when the chin appears oversized in comparison to other facial features. Reshaping of the bone and other structural tissues in the chin area will be done to create a natural looking contour. The procedure will start with the placement of a discreet incision below the chin or inside the mouth.

The surgeon will detach the bone at the tip of the chin and then reshape it. Excess bone will be removed to improve the chin contour. Thereafter, the tip of the chin will be repositioned and incisions will be closed with sutures. Chin reduction surgery can make a person appear more attractive and youthful. In several cases, chin reduction may be performed together with facelift or nose surgery procedure.

If the patient suffers from a double chin or triple chin appearance, the surgeon may recommend liposuction surgery or cosmetic non-surgical procedures to make the chin appear slimmer. Board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. V receives patients from Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and other communities across the landscape for chin surgery.

For more infomation please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia, Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas. http://drvfacialplastics.com/contact-u

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