Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)
Midessa Oral & Facial Surgery – Midland & Odessa TX
Genioplasty or “Chin Surgery” is the technique of repositioning your chin to achieve the desired esthetic result. This procedure can greatly improve the appearance of the face. Most of us have a “weak chin”, one that is too small for their face. Also, loss of chin projection may occur with aging. In such patients it can make the nose look longer than it actually is. For this reason, many patients will seek surgery to improve the appearance of the chin. Moving the position of the chin and securing it in its new position with titanium screws or by inserting a small synthetic implant over the natural bone accomplish this. The operation can also greatly enhance the results of a face lift. Genioplasty is also combined with facial liposuction, where fat is removed from under the chin and from the neck. Chin surgery is done more commonly along with jaw reconstruction surgeries to treat overbite or underbite.
How Is Chin Surgery done?
In a majority of cases, the procedure is done under mild sedation or general anesthesia in the office. This would eliminate the substantial costs for the patient. Occasionally you may be prescribed a medicine to help you relax. Upon adequate preparation, a small incision is made either underneath the chin or inside the mouth. The chin can be repositioned so that the bone and soft tissues are advanced to create facial balance and a natural, improved appearance. Alternatively, a sterile implant, similar to the consistency of a natural chin, is placed in front of the bone to increase the projection of the chin. The implant is secured and the incision is sutured closed.
What Should You Expect?
Generally, patients experience mild discomfort that is managed with routine pain medications and anti-inflammatory medicines. There may be some swelling and bruising that usually subsides within the first two weeks. Some patient may have a tape and surgical dressing that may have to stay for a short period of time. The added projection of the chin results in significant improvement, which is especially apparent in profile.