Chin augmentation can be accomplished with chin implants or the bone of the chin can be cut with a saw and the chin bone piece be moved forward, or down. In like manner if the chin is too big, then the bone piece can be moved back or up shortening the chin. After the bone piece is moved it is secured in place using a system of plates and screws.
As depicted in the works of many famous artists, a strong chin has been considered a sign of physical beauty. In contrast, a person with a receding chin is sometimes described as having a “weak” chin. Because their faces seem unbalanced to them, people with this condition often find it a source of distress and concern. Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure that has helped thousands of people improve their appearance by altering the contours of their faces. It is designed to add size to or move a receding chin forward. In some cases, a chin augmentation is done in conjunction with liposuction surgery or other cosmetic facial procedures such as rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose) and rhytidectomy (facelift). Large chins can be reduced.
The best candidate for either type of enhancement is the individual with a receding chin and a normal dental bite. For those with a bite dysfunction, jaw surgery, in conjunction with mentoplasty, may be necessary.