Chin & Jaw Surgery

A well-defined jaw line and aesthetic harmony between the nose, lips and chin help with an attractive, well balanced face. If the chin is under- or over-projected, the nose-lip-chin balance can appear disproportionate. In addition to the projection of the chin, chin length can also cause facial disharmony if it is too long or too short. Through Mentoplasty, or chin surgery, Dr. Hiranaka can make adjustments to the chin so that its shape and size better complement your other facial features.

Depending on the nature of the chin correction desired, he can use either a chin implant, bone reconstruction or bone reduction techniques to reshape the chin. Often, patients who undergo facelift or rhinoplasty can benefit from the addition of a chin implant to replace diminished volume or to create ideal balance between a recessed chin and their newly reshaped nose.

Prior To Surgery

Prior to surgery, the doctor will consult with you to discuss facts about the surgery as well as recommended preoperative and postoperative care. In addition, we will utilize photographs and digital imagery to project your post surgery appearance. This will give you an idea of what you will look like once the procedure has been completed.

The doctor will explain all of your options in detail including your options for anesthesia. We also offer instructions to ensure your surgery goes smoothly such as refraining from Aspirin in order to prevent excessive bleeding. You will be provided with a prescription for antibiotics in order to reduce the potential for infection.


Recovery typically takes between one to two weeks. You may be surprised at the initial appearance of your face and neck. Remember to be patient and realistic.  Approximately 80% of the swelling will resolve in 2 – 3 weeks. It may require a six to 12 month period for the remainder of swelling to completely resolve.