Genioplasty

Chin surgery can make a big difference in facial appearance, especially when viewed from the profile. Many people have congenitally recessive profiles due to the fact that their lower face and jaw have not developed properly. This is called Retrognathia.  Sometimes these recessive jaw problems (the opposite can happen as well, with a protruding jaw) run in the family and are genetically related. In addition to improving the profile, chin surgery can sometimes tighten the sagging skin in the neck and is often performed in conjunction with a facelift.

Genioplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed on the chin when the chin is deficient (retrognathic) or excessive (prognathic). The procedure is performed from an incision inside the mouth below the lip and there is no scarin the skin. A segment of the chin is then moved forward or back depending on the problem. The bony segment is then secured with a micro bone plate. When the chin is advanced it can increase the lower facial height and create a more balanced facial appearance. Though we sometimes elect to advance the chin with a chin implant, Genioplasty surgery can increase the length and height of the chin at the same time. This surgery can be performed with twilight anesthesia and is often done in conjunction with submental liposuction. Post-surgically, there can be bruising and temporary numbness in the lips, but the results are dramatic and immediately noticeable. In some cases, patients can return to normal activities in approximately 1 week.

 

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