Chin Surgery (Genioplasty) increases or reduces the length and projection of the chin. Several techniques are available to alter the projection of the chin, depending upon the anatomical issues being addressed and the judgment of the surgeon. An evaluation is performed prior to the surgery in which, in many cases, an implant is positioned to achieve the desired change in appearance of the chin. The implants are available in a number of sizes, shapes, and FDA approved material, allowing for a customized approach unique to each individual patient.
During the actual procedure, a small incision is made, either inside the mouth or below the chin, and the implant is put in place.
As with any surgical procedure, there are possible risks and side effect; Genioplasty, however, tends to have a very low complication rate. The most common risks are bleeding for a short period of time following the surgery, and temporary numbness of the chin or lip. Scarring can occur on rare occasions. It is possible, although rare, that the implant may become infected, which could lead to the removal of the implant.
A bandage is placed around the jaw and chin area after the surgery. This bandage is left on for a week after surgery. At that time, a decision is made as to whether additional time with the bandage is necessary. If any non-absorbable sutures are used, these are removed 5-7 days after surgery.
Most patients take one week off from work or school after this procedure. They then resume their regular daily activities. Avoid strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks following the procedure.