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; therefore it is not considered a reconstructive procedure.
American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. (2019). Chin surgery: understanding mentoplasty. Retrieved April 25, 2019 from https://www.aafprs.org/patient/procedures/mentoplasty.html.
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