Genioplasty is the term that is used for chin augmentation surgery. Chin augmentation surgery is a procedure that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. The plastic surgeon will work with the patient so that the surgeon gets the results that they individually and collectively decide upon.
Chin augmentation surgery changes the look of the patient’s appearance by increasing the prominence of their jawline. The plastic surgeon does this by making an incision in the mouth or on the underside of the chin, repositioning the bone, and refastening it with a titanium plate.
Many plastic surgeons do genioplasties in conjunction with other procedures such as rhinoplasties (nose jobs), lip reshaping or facelifts. The intended result of a genioplasty is a jawline that is stronger and more prominent.
Who Is A Good Candidate For a Genioplasty?
The best genioplasty candidates are physically healthy and have very realistic expectations for the surgery. Other indicators of good genioplasty candidates include having one or more of the following characteristics:
- Receding chin
- Elongated chin
- Congenital chin deformity
- Birth defect
- Sagging skin on the neck
- Misaligned jaw
What Does a Genioplasty Involve?
The plastic surgeon will make a discreet incision under the jaw or in the patient’s mouth. They will then cut the bone and move it to the desired position. The bone is then refastened with a titanium plate and the incision closed up.
Genioplasties are done under local or general anesthesia. Staff will check the heart, blood pressure, oxygen and pulse through monitors throughout the surgery. After the surgery, staff will watch the patient closely to monitor your recovery. The patient will be released a couple of hours later.
What Should a Patient Do Before a Genioplasty?
The plastic surgeon will give their patient pre-surgery instructions, including orders regarding drinking, eating and the ingestion and avoidance of certain vitamins and medications. Do not use tobacco for 4 to 6 weeks before the surgery. Patients should avoid taking aspirin 14 days both before and after the procedure. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home, so you should have someone take you to and from the surgical facility and stay with you for the evening.
What Will Happen After the Genioplasty?
To minimize bruising and swelling, the plastic surgeon may wrap your head with bandages. Immediately following surgery, the level of pain should be minimal. Most patients are able to return to work a week after the procedure. They are usually able to return to their normal routine about two weeks after the surgery. Possible complications include asymmetry, bleeding, infection, nerve damage and scarring.
Call or email our office if you’re interested in changing the appearance of your chin and jawline. We’re more than happy to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns.