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Mentoplastia

Know more about Mentoplasty

The chin is a principle point in the aesthetic study of the face and should rest in an ideal position within certain aesthetic limits, creating harmony with other areas such as the nose, eyes, mouth, etc..

The chin can, however, be situated in a more advanced or retracted position. For both cases, there are surgical corrections. A mentoplasty is the most common surgical procedure that seeks to correct the repositioning of a retracted chin by placing a silicone implant.

Indication

The mentoplasty aims to correct the retracted chin positioning by placing a silicone implant.

What type of anesthesia is used during a mentoplasty?

Generally, a mentoplasty is recommended for adult patients. When dealing exclusively with chin correction, anesthesia is local (with or without prior sedation, depending on the case). If combined with other procedures, the surgeon will consider the option of performing the surgery under local or general anesthesia.

Where there are the scars located?

The scars of a mentoplasty or plastic surgery of the chin, can be an internal scar (located inside the mouth) or done through a small incision in the lower jaw. This decision will be made by each plastic surgeon depending on a case by case basis.

Surgical time

Typically, a mentoplasty lasts 1 hour.

Length of hospital stay

Generally 12 hours.

Recovery time

The patient can generally return to work a week after a mentoplasty procedure. Light physical activity, provided there is no impact, is allowed after a week as well. More intense exercise and weight use can be resumed after a month.

Final Result

The results of mentoplasty can be seen immediately because it is a stent placement.

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What is the piece of implanted silicone like?

The surgeon usually shapes the piece or pieces of silicone using a pre-cast. There are various sizes that could be presented to the patient during the preoperative consultation.

Is the silicone dangerous? Can it cause cancer?

For over 35 years, silicone has been used worldwide in solid form in thousands of operated patients without ever having seen a carcinogenic presence. It is an inert substance to the body and remains in place within a fibrous capsule which the body itself is in charge of creating during the first few days. There are only rare cases of removal of these silicone pieces. When this happens, (usually due to problems during the immediate postoperative period of infections, or trauma over the operated area, bleeding, etc.) remove the piece of silicone through a simple surgery under local anesthesia, without any sequela. Later, a new piece of silicone may be reintroduced. Silicone in liquid form, is unavailable for medical use.

Is there pain during the postoperative period?

Usually there is no pain postoperatively from plastic surgery of the chin or a mentoplasty. Even if there is a slight discomfort, we can neutralize it with the use of common painkillers.

Are bandages used?

It is customary to use a type of dressing on the operated site to help maintain the fixed prosthesis. In addition, bandages serve as protection to any injuries that may occur in the early days.

How many days should I stay home?

Depending on the activity, only 1 day is necessary. Special cases may require care for 4 to 5 days, however rest is an absolute requirement.

What steps should be taken before the operation?

Make a proper orthodontic assessment. If necessary, have a Maxillofacial Surgeon perform the assessment.

Will my face change much with a mentoplasty?

The face will be better balanced, maintaining its individual characteristics.

Can the mentoplasty be associated with rhinoplasty (nose surgery)?

In many cases, the surgeon recommends a combination of a mentoplasty combined with a rhinoplasty surgery, seeking a better aesthetic balance of the face.

Recommendations for Mentoplasty Aesthetics:

PREOPERATIVE

– Communicate with your plastic surgeon until the day before surgery in case of viruses, dental infections, throat disease, etc.;

– Attend the hospital or clinic on the day and time indicated in your surgical plan;

– In case of general anesthesia, it is important to fast prior to surgery. If local anesthesia is used, you are allowed to snack up to 6 hours prior to surgery;

– Attend the hospital accompanied by a friend or family member.

POSTOPERATIVE

– Avoid sun and local trauma postoperatively;

– Return to the office on the days and times specified;

– Brush your teeth with a soft brush;

– Obey the prescription;

– Do not worry about the “swelling” of the natural chin, which may persist for a few weeks;

– Lie on your back;

– Use ice on the operated area for ten days;

– Avoid solid foods that require intense chewing during the early days. The second day will allow more food, mainly protein (meat, milk, eggs) and vitamins (fruits).

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