A chin implant or genioplasty is considered to be a very dramatic and gratifying cosmetic procedure. Desired outcomes include a more balanced facial profile. This is achieved by altering and enhancing the size and shape of the chin. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately one hour.
A chin enhancement utilizes a synthetic implant placed over the jaw bone to correct a poorly developed or receding chin line. The implant itself is tailored to fit the patient’s facial form. The process begins with incisions being made under the chin or inside the mouth. When incisions are made inside of the mouth, no scarring is visible. Incisions made underneath the chin are small and also very hard to see. Through these incisions, skin is gently stretched and the implant is placed in front of the existing bone. Fine sutures are used to close the incision. In chin reduction surgery, incisions are made in the same way as enhancement surgery. The surgeon shaves and sculpts the bone to the desired look. Stitches or sutures are used to close the incision and a dressing is usually applied to the area.
Following the surgery, a liquid or soft food diet may be required for a few days. Afterwards the area will be tender and feel tight or stretched. Discomfort is common for a few days to a week, but can be controlled with prescribed medications. Swelling on the chin can take up to a month to completely subside.