Chin Surgery

Mentoplasty

A chin that is too small compared to the rest of the face or that a patient feels is underdeveloped can be improved through chin surgery performed by Tucson board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro. By performing chin surgery in a certified outpatient surgical facility, Dr. Alfaro is able to improve the harmony of your facial features. Following your chin surgery in Tucson, your underdeveloped chin will be normalized and your profile will be improved.

What to Expect During Chin Surgery

What is it?

Chin surgery is a cosmetic procedure in which your plastic surgeon inserts an alloplastic implant in front of your chin to improve its projection and shape.

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient

Surgery time:

1-2 hours

Recovery time:

1-2 weeks

How Chin Surgery Works

For your chin surgery in Tucson, Dr. Alfaro's anesthesiologist will administer a local anesthetic with sedation so you sleep through the procedure. In some cases, a general anesthetic may be used.

To begin the surgery, Dr. Alfaro will make one of two incisions. He will either make an inconspicuous incision below your chin or a small incision on the inside of your mouth, behind your lower lip. Through one of these small incisions, Dr. Alfaro will insert the chin implant. When he has properly placed the implant, he will affix it in place using surgical screws. Dr. Alfaro will then close the implant incision with sutures and apply a surgical dressing.

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As you begin recovery from chin surgery, you may experience some swelling and discomfort. Dr. Alfaro will likely prescribe medication to help you manage any possible pain during this time. It will be important for you to keep your head elevated for several days. Depending on your incision location, Dr. Alfaro may explain an oral hygiene routine for you to follow, which will help you avoid infection. A soft diet for several days may help alleviate pressure on your jaw and chin.

One week after your chin surgery in Tucson, you may have your sutures removed. As any remaining swelling dissipates, you will see the full effects of your chin surgery. Your chin should appear more prominent and in line with the rest of your facial features. It may have created a dramatic change, but it will be one you will appreciate.

Scheduling Your Chin Surgery in Tucson

If you struggle with microgenia, also known as an underdeveloped chin, we encourage you to find out more about your options for chin surgery. Please schedule your consultation today by calling (520) 323-9720.