A mentoplasty is an aesthetic surgical procedure that Professor Mario Dini recommends to people with prominent or receding chins, who wish to reshape the profile of their face and give it a more proportioned and balanced appearance. Mentoplasty is usually combined with a nose job (rhinoplasty), as these two procedures allow patients to attain a more balanced, pleasant facial profile.
Mentoplasty operations can be performed in complete safety at all ages, but Professor Dini dissuades adolescents under 15-16 years of age from having this operation as they have not yet finished developing their bone structure.
During the pre-operative visit, Prof. Dini will evaluate the shape of the patient's face, suggesting the most appropriate corrections for a balanced, natural profile.
To help the patient visualise the new shape of the chin, the professor will digitally process a picture of the patient and use a modern simulation program.
For procedures to augment the chin (so-called “augmentation mentoplasty”), Professor Dini will explain the most modern techniques used to perform the desired volume augmentation (fillers, lipofilling or silicone, Medpor, or Goretex implants, etc.). However, should the patient wish to reduce chin projection (so-called “reduction mentoplasty”), he will explain how he will work on the bone and the new shape the chin will take. The pre-operative visit also has the purpose of understanding the patient’s overall medical history, identifying any problems like those associated with mastication and mandibular occlusion, which may require a different type of procedure (i.e. maxillofacial surgery).
Mentoplasty is a relatively simple surgical procedure that has no particular side effects. The “augmentation” mentoplasty procedure generally consists of inserting a silicone implant into the chin region through a small incision inside the mouth, therefore eliminating visible, external scarring.
On the other hand, "reduction" mentoplasty consists in reducing the bone by using a small burr that allows the surgeon to model both the shape and size of the chin. Both procedures take about an hour, can be done under local or general anaesthesia and end with a simple dressing and application of ice. Both procedures are absolutely painless and the results are permanent.
At the end of the operation, Professor Dini requires his patients to be on bed rest for at least 48 hours. Normal, daily activity can be resumed starting on the third day. The dressing is removed on the fifth day and patients can gradually go back to all their activities, including work and exercise. The aesthetic results, which often exceed patients’ expectations, are permanent and evident starting from the first weeks. However, patients need to wait about 1-2 months before the chin reaches its definitive shape.