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Chin Surgery


Chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape the chin, either through enhancement with a surgical implant or through reduction surgery on the bone. Chin surgery is sought out by people who wish to achieve a more harmonious balance of their facial features.

At his Northern Mississippi practice, Dr. Dan Shell frequently recommends chin surgery to patients who are undergoing nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion. The size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.


Chin surgery is used to improve the symmetry of your facial features. One or more of the following may indicate that you are a good candidate for chin surgery:

  • Your facial growth is complete
  • You are self-conscious about the size or shape of your chin
  • You feel your chin is either too small or too large compared to your other features
  • Your chin is not symmetrical

During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Shell, he will be able to determine if your outcome expectations can be achieved through chin surgery. Be prepared to discuss factors such as your medical history, current medications, previous surgeries, and social habits with Dr. Shell.


There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic surgery. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with chin surgery:

  • How does chin surgery work?

    Chin augmentation is typically completed in less than an hour using general anesthesia. Dr. Shell will begin by making a small incision inside of your mouth (along the lower lip) or in the patch of skin just beneath your chin area to create a pocket for implant insertion along the lower jaw. Once the implant has been secured, sutures will be placed, and your chin will be taped to reduce swelling.

    Chin reduction also begins with a small incision in the mouth (near the lower lip) or in the skin just under the chin area. Using specialized tools, Dr. Shell will then detach the bone at the tip of the chin. The bone will be reshaped to create a more appropriate facial contour and then reattached to the chin using wires and plates. The incision site will be closed with sutures.

  • What happens after chin surgery?

    Following surgery, Dr. Shell will provide you with specific aftercare and hygiene instructions. You will experience some discomfort and swelling for several days in the affected area. Black and blue marks will be visible around the chin and neck. It is also normal to experience some temporary difficulty smiling, talking and eating. The healing process may take several weeks.

  • Are the results permanent?

    The results of chin surgery will permanently alter your underlying facial anatomy. Though it is possible for chin implants to be removed at a later date, porous implants can be difficult to remove. Chin surgery should only be considered if you wish to permanently change the size or shape of your chin.

  • What are some of the risks associated with chin surgery?

    Chin surgery is considered safe and complications are rare. However, as with any surgery, there are inherent risks associated with chin surgery, such as the possibility of infection, numbness, and scarring. Prior to surgery, Dr. Shell and his staff will explain all of the potential risks in detail.

  • Why should I choose Dr. Shell for chin surgery?

    During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Are you interested in learning more about chin surgery in Northern Mississippi? Dr. Dan Shell is a  board certified plastic surgeon with an office in Oxford, MS. Email us or call today 662-236-6465 and ask to set up a consultation for chin surgery.