About Chin Augmentation
Mentoplasty (known as chin augmentation) is a common cosmetic treatment that recontours the chin and lower face for patients with a small and recessed chin, or one they feel is too prominent. Often when a chin is recessed and sunken in, it can create an unpleasant and weak jawline. Chin augmentation can be performed to improve the appearance of your chin, and one of the most popular techniques is placing an implant to build a more prominent jawline and pleasing profile. In St. Petersburg, FL, plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. offers several alternatives to consider for augmenting your chin. Call St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a private consult.
"I had a great experience with Dr. O'Brien. I had skin cancer on my ear and Dr. O'Brien performed surgery to remove it. The surgery was performed on the day that there was a mobile lab at his office and Dr. O was able to test tissue samples on the spot to ensure all the cancer was removed. Dr. O'Brien not only removed the cancer but did a fantastic job with the appearance of my ear such that one would never even notice any evidence of a surgical procedure. I look great and am cancer free. Many thanks to Dr. O'Brien and his terrific staff. Highly recommended for any type of procedure. Absolutely first class!"- B. / Google / Jan 07, 2020
"Love Dr. O'Brien and his staff! I had 2 procedures done in 2018. I see them every few months for followups and I could not be happier with my results!!!Dr. O'Brien really listens to you, he learns about you (the person) first before you even discuss why you are there are to see him. His staff are the same way! I would recommended Dr. O'Brien's office for all cosmetic surgeries, Dysport, and Botox needs!!!"- J.A. / Google / Dec 19, 2019
"Absolutely LOVE this office!!!! The PA Mary does my Dysport injections and she does an amazing job. She is very conscious of being conservative with it so I get the look that I want.I also get spa procedures done here with their esthetician, Dana. The Hydrafacial leaves your skin glowing right after!! She also does dermaplaning on my face, which I never had done, but I will definitely continue to do with her.The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they do. I recommend this office to anyone who is looking for cosmetic needs! FIVE stars all the way!"- B.J. / Google / Dec 18, 2019
"Absolutely LOVE this office!!!! The PA Mary does my Dysport injections and she does an amazing job. She is very conscious of being conservative with it so I get the look that I want. I also get spa procedures done here with their esthetician, Dana. The Hydrafacial leaves your skin glowing right after!! She also does dermaplaning on my face, which I never had done, but I will definitely continue to do with her. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they do. I recommend this office to anyone who is looking for cosmetic needs! FIVE stars all the way!"- B.J. / Yelp / Dec 17, 2019
"I can’t recommend this practice enough! Everyone from the back office staff, to the esthetician, to the PA and doctor are so kind and take such great care of you. I have gotten a few hydrafacials with Dana the esthetician and they are not only relaxing but also very effective. I have also gotten some dermaplaning done and love that it’s a quick add on but helps all my serums and skin care really soak in. The best part about Dana is that she really takes the time to understand your skin goals and adjusts your treatments to make sure everything is aligned. The PA Mary has done my Botox over the past year, over four treatments with varying units between the brows and on my forehead. I like to have expression in my face and not look too “done” or “frozen” and she helps me achieve the perfect look. I still have slight movement in my brows and show expression but without any wrinkling. People always say to me “you don’t need Botox!” so I know that means it’s working exactly as I want it to! I trust Mary completely - she is a perfectionist and cares about giving me the outcome I am looking for, which is so important for someone you are trusting with your face! The staff is so amazing, whether it’s squeezing me in for a last minute appointment or helping me figure out the best treatment plans, they always have a smile and a helpful attitude. I love this practice and can’t imagine going anywhere else for my treatments!"- C.M. / Google / Dec 17, 2019
Mentoplasty is a procedure for men, as well as women. If you are displeased by the size of your chin and do not like the undefined profile it offers, this treatment can improve the lower section of your facial structure. It's also fairly common for our patients to add a rhinoplasty with their chin augmentation procedure. This combination of facial treatments offers great reassurance for the prominent structures of your face to be balanced and in proportion.
During chin enhancement surgery, general anesthesia will be administered, or another form of anesthesia such as IV sedation in some cases. The incision is made beneath your chin. In this incision, a groove or pocket is created to keep the implant device in its proper place, which involves reducing some of the tissue, cartilage, and bone to create grooves to securely hold your implant in position. The chin implant is placed through the incision and positioned on top of the bone, just below your lower lip. Sometimes, the incision can be created inside the lower lip where it connects to your gumline. Both types of incisions help to conceal scars. Small sutures are used to close the incisions, and bottom portion of your face will be wrapped with bandages.
What to Expect
Chin augmentation treatment yields immediate attractive results, which can be pretty thrilling for our patients. Even though swelling and discoloration will be present following your surgery, this will subside. For the majority of patients, chin augmentation takes about a couple of weeks of healing. Exercise should not be performed within this timeframe. This particular surgery has very high success rates and by having it under the hands of an experienced surgeon like Dr. O'Brien, your outcome will be balanced and defined.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does chin augmentation cost?
Dr. O'Brien can begin to estimate your costs for chin surgery in your initial consultation as soon as your surgical plan is developed. Your cost will be based on the size and type of chin implant you select, plus facility, surgical, and anesthesia fees. A surgery like a chin implant can produce beautiful, long-lasting results, so it is better to concentrate on finding a plastic surgeon you trust who has proven results and years of experience, like Dr. O'Brien, rather than the lowest cost. Our office takes several payments and we will give you information on low-interest financing, which can make your surgery affordable.
Will augmentation fix my double chin?
Chin augmentation is meant to give you a stronger, sharper look to your lower face. If you are concerned about a double chin, you might prefer neck liposuction to have the excess fat in your submental area (the upper neck below the jawline) addressed. Occasionally, neck liposuction on its own can give you a better jawline and appearance without a chin implant. Dr. O'Brien will explain your choices and his suggestions in your first appointment.
Can I combine another surgery?
Yes. Many of our patients combine a secondary surgery with their chin augmentation. Some of the most popular combinations include facelifts, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. During your initial consultation, talk to Dr. O'Brien about all your concerns so he can create a personalized treatment plan that addressed your unique concerns.
Redefine Your Profile
Chin enhancement surgery continues to be very beneficial to so many St. Petersburg, FL patients of plastic surgeon Dr. O'Brien. It creates a harmonious balance, redefining your facial appearance. If you feel displeased with the appearance of your jawline and you feel it is too small or too large, chin augmentation can produce the look you are wishing for. We invite you to call St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery and schedule your initial meeting with Dr. O'Brien to hear more about your choices.