Chin Surgery



Chin Surgery

Chin surgery – also referred to as mentoplasty or genioplasty – is a surgical procedure that corrects the shape, size, or position of the chin to create a balanced facial proportion. Misshapen chin appearance due to congenital problems, aging, or injury can impact negatively on one’s self-esteem and sense confidence. Plastic surgeons address this issue by moving the chin forward or backward, adding an implant, or removing part of the chin bone to improve the harmony of facial features. Most patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their chin are thrilled by the outcome of this procedure.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous men and women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans achieve their goals and improve their quality of life with chin surgery. Dr. Ruston works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment plan that will produce the desired outcome.

Who is an ideal candidate for chin surgery?

Chin surgery is a cosmetic procedure that aims to improve facial harmony and appearance. You may be an ideal candidate for this treatment if you have any of the following characteristics:

  • Projecting chin
  • Receding chin
  • Asymmetrical chin
  • Pushed forward chin
  • Pushback chin
  • Poor occlusion (contact between upper and lower teeth)

During your initial chin surgery consultation with Dr. Ruston, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and let you know whether this treatment is for you. Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a committed professional who works diligently to create an individualized treatment plan to meet the needs and expectations of each patient. Dr. Ruston may ask you to stop smoking, avoid some medications, and set aside time for recovery before undergoing this procedure.

Surgical technique

Chin surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. Typically, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will make an incision between the lower lip and jaw bone to create a pocket and then insert an implant to give a more projected chin. The surgeon may also remove part of the bone to decrease an overly projecting chin. If the patient is concerned about occlusion of the chin, then the surgeon will modify the upper or lower jaw to alleviate this concern. Once the treatment is complete, Dr. Ruston will stitch the incisions and bandage the treatment area. Mentoplasty may take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

Types of Chin Surgery

Depending on the patient’s desired aesthetic outcome, Dr. Ruston has the following techniques to choose from:

Sliding genioplasty

Also known as osseous genioplasty. During this procedure, Dr. Ruston will make an incision behind the lower lip or under the chin and separate the soft tissue from the chin bone. The surgeon will use a special tool to cut a vertical line in the chin and a horizontal line along the chin bone to ensure the chin remains straight during and after the procedure. For a pushed forward chin, the surgeon will cut out a wedge of bone from the chin bone. He will then slide the bone backward and attach screws and metal plates to keep it in place. For a pushed back chin, the surgeon will reattach the bone creating a step in the bone. For a shorter chin, the surgeon will reattach the bone with a gap between the chin and the jaw making it longer. To correct an overly projecting chin, the surgeon will remove the wedge of bone and reattach the chin to the rest of the jaw. Finally, the surgeon will stitch the incision.

Chin implant surgery

In this type of procedure, synthetic implants are used to enlarge, push forward, or reshape the chin. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will make an incision inside the mouth or under the chin. He will then create a pocket through which he will insert the preferred size and shape of the silicone implant. This implant is sculpted to suit the patient’s desired outcome and the treatment area is stitched up and bandaged.

Chin shaving

During this procedure, Dr. Ruston will make an incision under the chin or inside the mouth. He will then use a special burr to shave the excess bone off to give the desired outcome.

Moreover, other nonsurgical procedures may be administered. Dr. Ruston may inject dermal fillers or some of the patient’s own fat through liposuction into the soft tissue of the chin to achieve subtle enhancements.

Recovery after chin surgery

Chin surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes an average of 2 hours to complete after which Dr. Ruston will closely monitor the patient before releasing them to go home. Following genioplasty surgery, patients can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and numbness which dissipates after a few days. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help alleviate severe discomfort. He will recommend that you consume a liquid-only diet over the first three days in recovery. A post-operative appointment will be scheduled so that Dr. Ruston can assess your recovery progress. Majority of Dr. Ruston’s chin surgery patients can get back to their normal daily routines after 2-3 weeks. You will be asked to desist from strenuous exercise and activities until you get a green light from the surgeon. In case of any questions or concerns during, feel free to get in touch with the surgeon’s team.


Plan your Chin Surgery in Baton Rouge

The cost of a chin surgery in Louisiana can vary greatly from one patient to the other. On average though, most of Dr. Ruston’s patients can expect to pay anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000 for this treatment. Dr. Ruston’s office will provide an initial cost estimate following your first appointment to help you arrange for financing.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs chin surgery in accredited health facilities or his in-office operating room, supported by a full-time anesthesiologist and highly qualified support staff. Because this is an outpatient procedure, the surgeon will require that you have someone to drive you home and help out with chores over the first few days.

Your Chin Surgery Consultation with Dr. Ruston

During your chin surgery consultation in Baton Rouge, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will meet with you and discuss the goals of this procedure. The surgeon will ask questions to learn about your concerns and expectations after this procedure as well as assess your cheek before crafting an individualized treatment plan for you. Dr. Ruston provides his patients with the personal attention they need throughout the procedure, as well as clearly explaining the treatment modalities and expectations for recovery.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez approaches mentoplasty with the goal of improving the patient’s aesthetic balance and appearance. Chin surgery is a highly individualized procedure whose scope can vary greatly from one patient to the other. The team at Dr. Ruston’s office is passionate about what they do and will go out of their way to ensure an excellent experience for each patient.

Meet Dr. Ruston Sanchez

Dr. Ruston takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your chin surgery procedure.

Average Cost

$3,000 – $5,000

Average Recovery Time

2 – 3 weeks

Average Procedure Time

Usually 2 hours


Chin Surgery FAQs

Does medical insurance cover chin surgery?
Chin surgery is typically considered to be an elective cosmetic surgery and not a medical necessity. Therefore, insurers do not pay for it. Dr. Ruston’s office will provide an initial cost estimate during your initial consultation so you can arrange for financing.
Are there any visible scars?
The main aim of cosmetic surgery is to improve one’s aesthetic appearance. During chin surgery, Dr. Ruston will make small incisions inside the mouth and under the chin ensuring there is minimal or no scars after recovery. The surgeon will also tell you how to care for your incisions and apply various anti-scarring products to your advantage.
How long does chin surgery take?
Chin surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that lasts 2 hours after which the patient is allowed to go home. The majority of patients are able to resume their daily routine within 2-3 weeks. The outcome of this procedure is permanent and you do not need to have another surgery in the future.
Mentoplasty vs Genioplasty?
Genioplasty is a synonym of mentoplasty. Depending on the aesthetic goal of the patient, this procedure aims at enhancing the appearance of the chin by adding volume, reshaping, or reconstructing the jawline.

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