Chin Up: Surprising Fix for A “Big” Nose
“Why is Dr Marcells looking at my chin when I came to see him about making my big nose look smaller?” a patient asked recently. We weren’t surprised. Dr George Marcells may be known as a master of rhinoplasty, but he is also an expert in facial aesthetics. For some people, altering the chin may be a more effective solution to the problem.
Dr Marcells Gets the Big Picture before Rhinoplasty
One size fits all certainly doesn’t apply to facial plastic surgery. Experienced surgeons like Dr Marcells evaluate a patient’s entire face rather than focusing on a specific area. “When patients tell me they want rhinoplasty, I encourage them to look at the big picture beyond the nose,” he explains. “The goal may not really be about having a smaller nose; it’s about achieving facial balance so that all the features are harmonious.”
You may be surprised to learn that augmenting the chin with an implant can do wonders for your facial appearance. In the aesthetic ideal, the front of the chin should come as far forward as a vertical line drop from the upper and lower lips. “Of course few of us are born ideal,” Dr Marcells laughs.
Mentoplasty for Small Chins & Big Noses
Mentoplasty is the medical terms for chin augmentation. It’s the process of adding additional material to a patient’s chin to alter its size and shape. “There are a wide variety of implants to choose from,” says Dr Marcells. “The key is selecting one that matches a patient’s specific physiology.”
For some patients, a thoughtful application of dermal fillers may provide sufficient contouring to balance the feature. For others, implants are the way to go.
The Evolution of Chin Implants
“What’s truly exciting about chin implants is how far they’ve come,” reports Dr Marcells. Once chin implants were small central buttons attached to the protruding portion of the chin. Today’s new-and-improved implants:
- Extend farther back to blend into the jawline
- Are long and more tapered at the ends
- Give an enhanced, but natural-looking appearance
The Best Procedure is One That’s Right for You
Each patient at our Edgecliff practice is unique. Dr Marcells schedules a consult with every new patient so he can fully understand each individual’s facial structure, as well as their goals. If you’d like to talk to an expert, we invite you to use our online enquiry form or call us on 1300 555 095 in Edgecliff.
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Meet Dr Marcells
MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons
Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.