Chin surgery is conducted to either augment or reduce the size of the chin in order to achieve a more aesthetic balance among facial features. Chin reduction is accomplished by the reduction and reshaping of the chine bone to give the desired effect. To augment the chin, either an implant is used or the tip of the chin bone is advanced in a procedure called sliding genioplasty.
Who Should Get Chin Surgery?
Men and women who look to chin augmentation as a cosmetic solution suffer from microgenia, or inadequate chin bone structure, or macrogenia, an overly large chin. For these individuals, the chin is out of proportion with the rest of the face, making other features appear prominent.
Generally, those whose microgenia is too severe to be alleviated with implants may benefit from the sliding genioplasty. Chin reduction is selected by those who suffer from macrogenia, or a chin that stands out in relation to other facial features.
What Does Chin Surgery Do?
During chin surgery, the chin is either made smaller or larger by inserting implants, advancing the chin bone, or removing and reshaping the chin bone.
For chin implants, the incision is made either inside the mouth or below the chin. Next, your surgeon will create a pocket for the implant, then insert the implant, placing it just in front of the jawbone. Soft sutures are used to close the incision.
Alternatively, the tip of the chin bone can be moved forward. In this case, the incision is made either inside the mouth or below the lower lip. Your surgeon then cuts the chin bone with a sagittal saw, taking care to minimize trauma to the soft tissue. The bone piece is then fixated in its new position with titanium screws or wires, and sutures are placed to close the incision.
With chin reduction, the tip of the bone is detached and reshaped to create a more aesthetic contour, then repositioned.
Both chin augmentation and reduction procedures are usually conducted in an outpatient setting with general anesthesia.
After Chin Surgery: What Should I Expect?
Dr. Collins will provide aftercare instructions that most likely recommend a soft diet in the first days or weeks following chin surgery. You will need to practice good oral hygiene at this time to minimize the risk of infection. For this reason, you may also be prescribed antibiotics. Sutures are typically removed after about one week.
Give us a call at (203) 208-3275 to learn more about the risks and benefits of chin surgery, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Beth Collins. We are conveniently located in Guilford, and serve residents in New Haven County and all of Connecticut.