Chin Implants (Genioplasty)
The chin is important to the overall balance of the face. A large or small chin may create a proportional imbalance with other facial features such as the neck, lips, nose and forehead. A chin that is too large in dimension can be reduced, and the chin that is too small can be augmented. These chin surgical procedures are often done in concert with other cosmetic procedures. It is most common for patients to seek chin augmentation. This is accomplished by placing an artificial implant. or advancing the chinbone. The type of procedure depends on the degree of chin recession and the patient's individual goals.
If the patient needs an artificial implant for a minor deficiency, a pocket is created by making an incision in the mouth or chin skin. An appropriately sized implant is placed. Following surgery, patients must wear chin dressing and eat soft foods for 2-3 weeks. Patients will experience a brief period of lower-lip discoloration and swelling.
Major chin deficiency will require bone surgery (osteotomy) in which the bone of the chin is moved forward. The procedure is performed through a mouth incision made behind the lower lip. Patients must follow a soft diet for 2-3 weeks. In addition, the lower-lip swelling, discoloration, and altered lip sensation may last longer than previously described.
For chin reductions, an incision made behind the lower lip. Then using power bone instruments, a bone reduction (genioplasty) is done. Following surgery, patients must wear a chin dressing and eat soft foods for two to three weeks. Patients will experience a brief period of lower-lip swelling, discoloration, and numbness.