Chin Reduction Surgery – Melbourne and Sydney

Chin Reduction Surgery – Mentoplasty in Melbourne and Sydney

Chin Reduction surgery, also known as Mentoplasty or Profileplasty, is the surgical procedure of reshaping an overly prominent chin, by removing part of the bone tissue. This enhances the appearance of your chin, lower jawline, and neck area. Want to know more?

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Chin reduction surgery can also be a chin feminizing surgery or facial feminisation surgery as a surgeon alters a large prominent masculine chin to a more tapered and aesthetic looking chin. If you feel your facial attractiveness is hindered by an overly prominent chin that causes you self-esteem or self-confidence issues, book a consultation now to find out about chin reduction surgery.

Am I a good candidate for Chin reduction surgery?

Chin reduction surgery may be the procedure for you if you;

  • Have a large prominent chin, which decreases your facial attractiveness and draws attention away from other facial features.
  • Are over the age of 20.
  • Want to give your chin a more tapered feminine look.
  • Are realistic about the results the procedure can give.
  • Are in good physical condition.
  • Don’t suffer frim side effects related to anaesthetics.

What are the Benefits of Chin Reduction Surgery?

Chin Reduction surgery can accomplish the following;

  • It can give your chin a tapered appearance.
  • Help give a shorter look and a better shape to your chin through a simple surgical procedure.
  • Help make the female face more feminine and attractive.
  • It can also assist in achieving harmony with other facial features.
  • And, help boost self-image and self-confidence.

All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of duction Surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.

Seek immediate medical attention if you feel something is not right

It is of paramount importance that a Cosmetic and Plastic surgeon with FRACS recognition, training and experience carries out your procedure. Not only does this reduce the above risks but it also improves the quality of your procedure and your results.

Your Chin Reduction Journey


Your Consultation is the first step in your Chin reduction journey. At your consultation, you and your surgeon will talk about your goals for the procedure, as well as, what your desired outcome is. You will also have an in-depth discussion about the procedure and whether or not you meet the surgery criteria. During your consult, your surgeon will take a detailed medical history, it’s important that you inform your surgeon about any past chin surgeries. This is to reduce the chance of postoperative soft tissue ptosis.

Your Surgeon will then explain the details of the procedure in full and the risks involved. At this point, it is important that you ask questions and get clarity on things you are unsure of. Your surgeon will also expect you to;

  • Refrain from using aspirin and other blood-thinners. This is to help prevent excessive bruising.
  • Avoid taking alcohol, and smoking for 3 weeks, both pre-operatively and post-operatively.

You should not consume any food or drink at least 6 before the surgery to prevent aspiration.


The Procedure

The Procedure steps are as follows:

  • An incision will be made either inside your mouth near the bottom lip or underneath your chin. Intraoral incisions are preferred as it leaves no visible postoperative scarring.
  • Using instruments specialized for the procedure, your surgeon then detaches the bone at the tip of the chin and the reshaping of your chin begins.
  • Excess bone and tissue will be removed from the tip of your chin. This process is known as ‘shaving’.
  • After being repositioned, the tip of the chin will then be secured using metal wires and plates.
  • Once the chin has been shaved and repositioned, the incision will be sutured using absorbable sutures, and a compression bandage will be applied.

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  • You will need to stay in the hospital for approximately 24 hours post-surgery for monitoring and observation.
  • You should expect a degree of discomfort and numbness both in and around the chin area after the surgery.
  • Furthermore, you will need to maintain a Liquid-based diet and semi-solid food for 5 days after the surgery.
  • After this point, you can resume eating regular food.
  • You can return to regular, light work a week after surgery.
  • However, you should avoid any strenuous activity during this period.
  • Though some changes may be visible immediately after removing the compressive bandage, it takes approximately 6 months for the full result to be apparent.

Results of chin reduction surgery are permanent.

Further Readings and References

Associated Procedures:

Jaw Reduction Surgery: (Orthognathic Surgery)

  • Mandible angle reduction surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery done to narrow the lower third of your face by removing a portion of the mandible (mandibular resection). This gives your jaw a more triangular appearance. Chin reduction combined with jaw reduction surgery forms an important aspect of facial feminization surgery and helps eliminate your cheeks’ masculine and more broad appearance. It gives a more enhanced and tapered feminine structure to your face.

Nose Surgery – Rhinoplasty:

  • Known commonly as a nose job, it is a cosmetic surgical procedure to change the way your nose looks. This is achieved by modifying parts of your nasal bone or cartilage. Studies have shown that patients that have had both a nose job and chin reduction show a higher satisfaction rate than those that only undertake one of the procedures. By combining the two surgeries, you get a more aesthetically proportionate face as well as an improved nose-cheek-chin relationship.

Lower Facelift or Necklift:

  • It is a cosmetic surgical procedure to remove extra sagging skin from your cheeks, jawline, and neck, giving you a more youthful look and tighter skin. When done along with chin reduction, it complements the changes produced by chin reduction, making your chin’s contour look more enhanced.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is chin reduction surgery painful?

  • The surgery itself is not painful as you are asleep under general anaesthetic.
  • However, patients should expect mild to moderate pain for about a week following the surgery.
  • Your surgeon will give you a prescription for pain medication to help manage your discomfort.

What is chin shaving?

  • Chin shaving is a surgical procedure of reshaping an overly prominent chin. As the name suggests, part of the bone or tissue are shaved away.
  • Not only does it give your chin, lower jawline and neck area a more sculpted appearance, but it can also help the chin look more feminine.
  • Other names for Chin shaving include mentoplasty and chin reduction surgery.

Will I be able to eat after the surgery?

  • You will need to maintain a Liquid-based diet along with easily ingestible semi-solid foods for 5 days after the surgery.
  • You can shift back to regular food after the 5-day point.
  • This is necessary to protect the intraoral sutures.
  • Avoid food that requires excessive chewing for a few weeks after the surgery, as the lower jaw area will take some time to heal.

What happens to sutures in my mouth?

  • The sutures are absorbable and will dissolve on their own after about 5-7 weeks. In other words, the surgeon does not have to remove them manually.

Can I smoke after having chin reduction surgery?

  • No.
  • Smoking has shown to delay the process of wound healing. Therefore, you should avoid smoking cigarettes for at least 3-6 weeks after the surgery.

How long does it take for the final results to be visible?

  • Though some changes may be visible immediately after removing the compressive bandage, it takes about 6 months to a year for the full result to be apparent.

What are the risks of chin reduction surgery?

  • As mentioned above, every surgical procedure has associated risks and complications, chin reduction risks and complications include;
    • Complications related to anaesthetic like loss of consciousness or nausea and vomiting
    • Bleeding or Hematoma formation
    • Swelling and bruising,
    • Infection at the incision site
    • Facial asymmetry.
    • Loss of sensation in and around the chin
    • The need for a repeat procedure in case of complications or sub-optimal results.

Does my health insurance cover a chin reduction surgery?

Are you suitable for chin reduction surgery?

  •  You are an ideal candidate for a chin reduction surgery if you:
    • Have a large prominent chin, which decreases your facial attractiveness.
    • Are over 20 years of age.
    • Want to give your chin a more tapered feminine look.
    • Are realistic about the result of the procedure.
    • Are in good physical condition.
    • Don’t have side effects related to anaesthetics.

Is Chin reduction surgery worth it?

If a large prominent chin makes you feel that your facial features look unattractive and have caused you to lose self-confidence, if you want a more feminine contoured look for your chin and an attractive tapered jawline, then a chin reduction could be worth it.

Book a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons now to know how you can benefit from chin reduction surgery.

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Choosing your Face and Chin Surgeon

Choosing to have plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery is a big decision. To ensure that you get the results you desire, selecting a certified professional with vast experience in the field is of paramount importance.

Both Dr Richard Sackelariou and Dr Patrick Briggs are Specialist Plastic Surgeons that perform this procedure.

Dr.Patrick Briggs is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic surgeon with over 20 years of experience under his belt. He has received training in the USA, England, and Ireland. Now he has settled in Melbourne, where he performs surgeries with innovative and up-to-date approaches. He is an expert in Face, breast, and body surgeries in men and women and he offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.