Genioplasty (Chin augmentation) or chin implant surgery is a cosmetic surgery that offers an excellent solution for anyone who has a weak or saggy chin, an under bite, or a larger nose to chin proportion. The chin implant procedure is designed to improve the profile of the face. Rhinoplasty is often accompanied with this procedure to help balance facial features.
A good candidate for chin implant surgery defines anyone who is unhappy with the natural recession of the chin as they age, and anyone with deficiencies or asymmetries caused by trauma or congenital defects. The minimum age requirement is 18 years of age for this surgery.
The first step is a detailed consultation with your surgeon, who will discuss with you the method he will use to help you achieve your desired end result. There are two methods of anesthesia that may be used; local and general. Implants also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. An extensive consultation with your surgeon will aid you in selecting an implant to suit your unique bone structure and desired appearance.
During the surgery, a small incision is made either inside your lower lip or under the skin just beneath your chin. The surgeon creates a pocket over the front of your jawbone where the implant will be placed. If the incision was made inside your mouth, dissolving stitches that will dissolve in approximately 10 days will most likely be employed.
If the incision was made beneath your chin, regular stitches will be used and you will return for a follow-up visit to have the stitches removed after 5-7 days. Genioplasty is an outpatient procedure, which means that the patient can return home the same day.
Average Duration of Chin Implant Surgery: 1-2 hours.