Chin Implants Minneapolis

Chin augmentation, also called mentoplasty, is a procedure that Dr. James Hoffman in St. Paul, Minneapolis performs for his patients who need to have their chin reshaped. The contours of the chin can be enhanced through the use of implants or by altering the shape of position of the bone.

Normally, the chin should be longer and bigger in proportion to the size of the nose and a chin augmentation is the answer to problems that many patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis have in wanting to achieve this balance to create harmony between the parts of their face. Chin augmentation is highly recommended for patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis who have weak and receding chins but have no problem with their bite.

This procedure can be done separately or in combination with other facial reconstruction procedures. Most patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis who come in for nose surgery also get a chin augmentation treatment to ensure that the perfect facial proportion between the nose and the chin is achieved.

What is a chin augmentation like for patients?

A chin augmentation procedure can be done in our office in St. Paul, Minneapolis. Prior to the procedure, patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis will be required to provide x-rays of their face and chin to help Dr. James Hoffman determine which part of the chin he needs to work on and the appropriate technique to use to achieve the desired results. Patients with concerns with their bites can also have this condition treated together with their chin augmentation procedure.

When a chin augmentation is to be done using implants to make the chin more rounded it is standard to use general anesthesia for our patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis. An incision will be made inside the mouth or outside the chin creating a pocket in front of the bone and underneath the muscle. The implant will be placed inside the pocket and patients have the option to use silicone, their own bone or fat tissue, or other types of implants. The implant will be secured by using sutures or screws into the bone and once the perfect shape and size is achieved, the incision will be closed with sutures.

Patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis who require the alteration of the bone tissue for their chin augmentation will also have the procedure done under general anesthesia. An incision will be made inside the mouth, just along the lower gum to be able to access the chin bone. Using a bone saw or a chisel, a second cut is made through the jaw bone allowing Dr. James Hoffman to move it and make some alterations. Once the perfect shape is achieved, the incision will be closed with sutures.

What can patients expect after a chin augmentation?

Patients can expect to feel soreness and discomfort after the procedure. But this can easily be managed with medications that we will be prescribing. Patients may feel a stretching sensation in their chin until a week after the chin augmentation and numbness in the area for up to 3 weeks. The swelling will go down after 6 weeks, but they can resume work and normal day-to-day activities in about 7 to 10 days after a chin augmentation.

For more information on Chin Augmentation in Minneapolis – St. Paul, contact Dr. Hoffman today to schedule your personal consultation.