Who can have a mentoplasty?

The best candidates for a mentoplasty are those looking to improve their facial appearance and who believe that their chin is the conflicting part of their face.

What does mentoplasty surgery involve?

The mentoplasty or chin surgery is often associated with other facial procedures, such as a rhinoplasty. Receding chin correction can be performed by inserting a chin implant, sliding a fragment of bone forwards or reducing the jawbone, depending on the required results.

One approach or another will be used, depending on the technique. Generally, however, the approach is made from inside the mouth to void visible scarring. The incision will only be made underneath the chin in specific cases.

Duration, anaesthesia and hospitalisation in mentoplasty

The duration of chin surgery depends on the technique to be used and the required results. It normally takes one to two hours.

The mentoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia.

If only mentoplasty surgery is performed, it is an outpatient surgery. However, because it is normally associated with other procedures, it often involves an overnight stay.

Results of mentoplasty surgery

The results of mentoplasty surgery can be seen almost immediately. The patient should wait a few days for the swelling to go down, however, for a real idea of what the end results will look like. The definitive results will be visible after the first month.

The definitive results will be visible as the swelling goes down. It considerably improves the most important features of the face, which is the end of the jaw, making the face look stronger or softening the features.

Postoperative recommendations for mentoplasty surgery

The patient will be able to go home on the same day as the chin surgery, although they must be accompanied by someone. Relative rest is required for the first few days, as well as a soft diet for the first week to avoid local discomfort. A chin guard will be worn to improve the results and control swelling.

However, recovery from chin remodelling surgery is relatively fast and rarely involves any discomfort.

The patient can return to their everyday life and to work after a few days, depending on their job. Follow your plastic surgeon’s advice.


You must wear a chin guard for the first few weeks.

Relative rest is required for the first 24-48 h.

You can shower normally 24-48h h after the mentoplasty.

Dissolvable stitches are used during the mentoplasty, so they do not have to be removed.

If you smoke, you should stop. Tobacco might have a negative effect on your healing.

When can I start sports again?

You can resume physical activity 15 weeks after the mentoplasty. Consult with your surgeon in the case of contact sports.

Will there be any swelling after the mentoplasty?

This will depend on the technique followed in each case. A certain amount of swelling is normal and will go down during the first 7 days after the mentoplasty.

When are the stitches removed after mentoplasty surgery?

Chin surgery requires no removal of stitches, as they are dissolvable.

Will I have to wear any kind of bandage after mentoplasty surgery?

You will have to wear a chin guard for a few days, which your surgeon will advise you on.

Do you know what IM Care is?

IM Care is the commitment of IM CLINIC to care for you for the first year after your surgery. You will have a 24-hour hotline for your peace of mind, and our medical team will visit you regularly to ensure the results are as expected.