Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty)
Genioplasty, also known as chin repositioning surgery, is a procedure performed to improve the aesthetics of the chin. It is indicated for misalignment of chin, receding chin or chin excess. The chin is reshaped by using implants (synthetic material) or repositioning the chin bone. The procedure may sometimes be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as nose surgery, liposuction of the neck and skin resurfacing techniques.
Genioplasty is performed under general anesthesia. During the surgery, an incision is made under the chin or inside the lower lip. Your doctor repositions the chin bone or inserts an implant (silicone or other synthetic material) through the incision to correct the alignment. Metal plates and pins are inserted to hold the bone and graft in place until it heals. The incisions are firmly sutured. The complete procedure may take 1-2 hours.
Most patients go home the same day following a period of recovery. You can expect facial bruising for a couple weeks and possible numbness to the lips and chin for a couple months. You will be advised to consume soft food until the wound heals thoroughly.