Chin Reduction for Women

Mentoplasty, also known as chin surgery, is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the chin. This surgery can be performed for several reasons, including to correct a receding chin, to reduce the size of an overly prominent chin, or to improve the balance and symmetry of the facial features.


Chin Reduction Surgery also called mentoplasty is a procedure whereby the underlying bone of the jaw and chin is sculpted using surgical burrs to give a more pleasing feminine delicate shape to an otherwise masculine looking chin.


Mentoplasty Surgery Techniques

There are several techniques for performing mentoplasty, and the best option for a particular patient will depend on factors such as the severity of the problem, the patient’s anatomy, and the surgeon’s experience and preference. Some common techniques for chin surgery include:

  1. Genioplasty: This technique involves making an incision inside the mouth or under the chin and using surgical instruments to reshape the chin bone. The bone may be moved forward or backward, or it may be shaved or augmented with an implant to achieve the desired appearance.

  2. Sliding genioplasty: This technique involves making an incision inside the mouth and moving the chin bone forward or backward along a horizontal plane to achieve the desired position.

  3. Chin reduction: This technique involves removing a portion of the chin bone and reshaping the remaining bone to achieve a smaller, more proportionate chin.

  4. Soft tissue chin reduction: This technique involves removing excess soft tissue from the chin, which can be accomplished through a small incision under the chin or inside the mouth.


Your consultation for plastic surgery with Mr Ferrando is an important step in the process of considering and undergoing cosmetic or reconstructive procedures.

This initial meeting allows the patient and surgeon to discuss goals, expectations, and potential outcomes, as well as evaluate the patient’s eligibility for the desired procedure. It will be an opportunity to ask questions or clarify any concerns that you may have. You will look at the “before and after” images of previous patients and get further information you need to make a decision.

Mr Ferrando will review your medical history and conduct a physical exam. He will then discuss all options suitable for you and explain each stage of the procedure or treatment. The exact procedure depends on the anatomy of the patient.

Our team believes that a well-informed, comfortable patient is one of the most important elements of the process. Whether you move forward with surgery or simply learn more, Dr Ferrando is looking forward to meeting you!


In a basic chin reduction the bone of the lower jaw is cut and reshaped using a surgical burr to give a less prominent appearance, one more in keeping with the rest of the face, both in profile and face on.

The incisions required to carry out this procedure are usually made inside the mouth under the lip in order to minimise visible scarring. Sometimes, depending on the extent of surgery needed, an incision may also be made under the chin.

For more major chin reduction such as in a lower mandible reduction (Mandibular Osteotomy) the jaw will need to be more radically repositioned. This involves cutting the lower jaw behind the rear molars, the forward section of the mandible is then slid over the rear section to take up the excess length and then fixed back together one over the other, with any edges smoothed down.

The front of the chin will normally be remodelled slightly, possibly with an implant or Fat-Transfer to give a better definition in final profile.

Anaesthesia and length of the procedure

Chin Reduction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic, with oral or I.V. sedation, and usually takes 2 to 3 hours to complete.


After the surgery, the bandage must be kept on for the first two days. Drainage tubes may be attached to your face but will be removed 1-2 days after surgery. There isn’t usually significant discomfort after surgery. Mr Ferrando will prescribe you pain relief medication to ease your discomfort, just in case you should experience any pain.

It is very important to keep your head in an elevated position as it will aid the recovery process. Some type of stitches are dissolvable and will disappear over time, whereas others will need to be removed 5 to 7 days after surgery. You can expect a little swelling and bruising and your facial movements might feel slightly stiff for one to two weeks.

You should feel fine after 2-3 days after surgery, but patients are recommended to have at least one week off work to allow their body to rest and recover comfortably at home. Any strenuous exercise or activities should be avoided for at least 2 weeks after surgery.

With a major Chin Reduction, your jaw will need to remain wired for at least six weeks, though any non-dissolvable stitches will normally be removed after two weeks.

You will need to adhere to a liquid diet and may find this more difficult at first than imagined, as even sucking liquids through a straw would normally involve moving the jaw. You may find that you need to rely more on the use of the cheek muscles to aid suction.

Follow up appointments will be made for you after surgery, but if you have any questions, or you should feel unsure about anything, please contact Mr Ferrando and he will gladly talk to you. The well being of his patients is of utmost importance to him.

Risks and Side Effects

All surgeries carry certain risks and even though they are rare you should be aware of them before making your decision. Mr Ferrando will talk you through any possible risks and side effects at his consultations as they will vary depending on the patient’s anatomy, age, physical condition and lifestyle.

During his procedures and treatments, he does everything possible to minimise the risk of complications by practicing a meticulously detailed approach and applying his world-class training background.

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This initial contact allows the patient and surgeon to discuss goals, expectations, and potential outcomes, as well as evaluate the patient’s eligibility for the desired procedure.

It will be an opportunity to ask questions or clarify any concerns that you may have and get further information you need to make a decision.

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