Mentoplasty, also referred to as genioplasty, is a surgical procedure to change the contour of the chin to create a more pleasing facial profile. It may be performed to either increase the size and/or shape of the chin as augmentation or to lessen the prominence and/or size of the chin as reduction.
Chin augmentation typically involves the addition of a synthetic implant inserted under the skin to project and reshape the profile of the chin. Reduction of chin height or rounding of the chin requires sculpting of the mandible to a less prominent, more pleasing size by osteotomy.
Mentoplasty (chin augmentation, genioplasty) is considered cosmetic.
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Mentoplasty is not performed for the purpose of restoring normal form or function and therefore is not considered a reconstructive procedure.
American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. (2014). Chin surgery: understanding mentoplasty. Retrieved April 15, 2014 from http://www.aafprs.org/patient/procedures/mentoplasty.html.
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (2014). Facial cosmetic surgery: cosmetic chin surgery. Retrieved April 15, 2014 from: http://myoms.org/assets/uploads/documents/Ebook_facial_cosmetic_R.pdf.
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