Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)
What is Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)?
Chin surgery or genioplasty is more commonly known as chin repositioning. This surgical procedure is done to correct receding chins, chin misalignment or chin excess.
Who is a Good Candidate for Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)?
Candidates must be in good health, have no active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions, and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. Genioplasty can be effective for patients with a small or receding chin. A chin that seems too small in proportion to other facial features will possibly makes the nose appear overly long. Plastic surgeons frequently use chin implants to balance features of a younger patient, or a genioplasty may be used in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure in a more mature patient.
NOTE: You may not be a candidate for surgery if you smoke, have recently quit smoking, or if you are exposed to second-hand smoke. Primary and secondary smoking decreases blood flow to the body's tissues. This can result in prolonged wound healing, skin loss, infection, increased scarring, and a number of other complications depending on the kind of procedure performed. Click here for more information related to smoking.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Reshaping the chin can be accomplished either by using chin implants, or by repositioning the bone supporting the chin. There are many types of implants available, manufactured from a variety of materials, including silicone or other substances. There is no available evidence to suspect that silicone implants cause any disease. Your surgeon will consult with you, and discuss recommendations for the type of implant to use.
During the procedure, an incision inside the lower lip or under the chin. The chin bone is repositioned or an implant is placed through this incision.