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Mentoplasty (or genioplasty) is a procedure in which the shape, size and anterior projection of the chin can be modified. The facial profile should be harmonious, and a chin that is too small or too big, projected forwards too far or too little, or asymmetric and irregularly shaped can be corrected with this procedure. Under local anaesthetic (sometimes with medical sedation), a horizontal incision is made inside the mouth, where the mucous membrane lining the inside of the lower lip meets the jaw at the base of the gums. Thorough this incision, without damaging the local nerve structures, the bone of the chin is exposed. An appropriately-formed prosthetic implant can then be added, to increase the size and projection of the chin, or the bone can be filed down, progressively and delicately removed in order to reduce the size and/or modify the shape of the chin. The incision is then sutured. Before this procedure, radiology exams are often requested in order to evaluate the real dimensions and shape of the chin bone.