Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)
Chin surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the chin. Also called genioplasty, this facial contouring technique can often dramatically improve the appearance of a weak chin or softer jawline and harmonize facial features. There are two main types of chin surgery, each specific to your anatomic needs and expressed goals. The most common approach utilizes custom-shaped, solid silicone chin implants. A second option, called a sliding genioplasty, surgically repositions your chin bone, eliminating the need for an implant.
Chin surgery is frequently an effective complement to our rhinoplasty procedure. Together, a small chin extension and refined nose shape can often help to optimize the profile. This subtle change can dramatically improve the overall shape and balance of your face, potentially leaving you with a stronger sense of confidence.
Chin Surgery Consultation
During your initial consultation with Dr. Ramin Behmand you will discuss your ultimate surgical goal in detail. Dr. Behmand will utilize life-size photographs of you to precisely measure your facial features, helping to ensure that the final outcome is as appealing as possible. In the case of genioplasty with an implant, he will shape a solid piece of silicone into the desired implant shape. Unlike the soft and flexible silicone implants used for breast augmentation, the implants used for facial surgery are solid and firm to the touch, therefore mimicking natural bone. Alternatively, in preparation for a sliding genioplasty, Dr. Behmand will determine the precise distance the chin bone needs to be brought forward to achieve your aesthetic aspiration.
The Chin Surgery Procedure
To place the implant, Dr. Behmand will create a small incision under your chin. For a sliding genioplasty, the incision is placed inside the mouth. In either case, there is usually minimal scarring. The chin implant is typically placed inside a pocket formed in front of the chin bone, and then secured in place. In the case of sliding genioplasty, the chin bone is moved forward from inside the mouth into the same pocket. The advanced bone is then permanently secured in place, generally with dissolvable sutures.
For several days after the surgery your lower face may be swollen and somewhat bruised. As with any procedure, the most important detail during your recovery is that you follow all post-operative instructions, which are provided to you prior to 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.
If you are interested in learning more about our chin procedures we offer, please contact our office today.