Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)
Cosmetic chin surgery reshapes the chin, and often enhances its size, and projection. Also called genioplasty, this facial contouring technique can dramatically improve the appearance of a weak chin, and the facial profile. There are two main types of chin surgery. The most common approach is to increase size with a custom-shaped, solid silicone chin implant. A second option, called a sliding genioplasty, surgically repositions the chin bone, eliminating the need for an implant.
Chin surgery, and rhinoplasty often work in tandem to bring balance to the profile. A small chin extension, and a refined nose shape are individually subtle changes that can dramatically improve the overall balance of the face.
Chin Surgery Consultation
During your initial consultation, Dr. Ramin Behmand will examine you, and discuss your ultimate surgical goal. In preparation for surgery, life-size photographs of you are used for precise measurement of your facial features, and the ideal desired outcome. When using an implant, Dr. Behmand will shape a solid piece of silicone into the desired shape. The solid silicone implants used for facial surgery are firm to the touch, therefore mimicking natural bone. This contrasts with the soft silicone implants that are used for breast augmentation surgery. Alternatively, in preparation for a sliding genioplasty, Dr. Behmand will determine the precise distance the chin bone needs to brought forward to achieve your aesthetic goals.
The Chin Surgery Procedure
To place the implant, Dr. Behmand will create a small incision under your chin. He will place the chin implant inside a pocket formed in front of the chin bone, and secure the implant in place. For a sliding genioplasty, Dr. Behmand will place the incision inside the mouth and create a small pocket in front of the chin bone. The chin bone is moved forward from inside the mouth into the pocket. He will then secure the advanced bone permanently in place with a thin titanium plate, about the size of a dime coin. In either case, there is usually minimal scarring.
For several days after surgery, you will have swelling, and bruising of the lower face. As with any procedure, the most important detail during your recovery is that you follow all post-operative instructions, which are provided to you before your procedure. We ask that you take at least one week of rest at home. During this time, you will need to eat soft foods to maximally protect the incision in your chin area. Dr. Behmand will also provide you with the best instructions for limiting exercise and activity, based on your lifestyle.
Please contact our office today to learn more about the chin procedures we offer, and to set up a consultation.