Chin Reshaping (Genioplasty)
In the past, the chin could only be reshaped by placing a piece of silicone underneath the skin, immediately in front of the bony prominence. Minor degrees of deformity are still corrected with either silicone or one of the newer bone substitutes.
Today, most patients will have a better result with repositioning of the chin prominence relative to the rest of the jaw bone (figure 2). The bone of the chin is then fixed in the new position with tiny titanium plates and screws. Because some of the neck muscles are attached to the chin, this also tightens and lifts the neck. The chin can also be reduced by simply removing excess bone.
Who is it for?
You should consider this type of surgery if your chin is too small, too large or the shape is uneven. Often, a stronger chin complements a reshaped nose.
What to expect
The surgery is usually performed through an incision on the inside of the lower lip. It can be performed either under local or general anesthesia. You will be able to go home the same day.
After this surgery you may experience some bruising on the chin or neck for two or three weeks. The immediate area of the chin and lower lip is often numb for two or three months afterwards, due to stretching of the nerves during surgery. A soft diet is generally needed for about a week after surgery while the incision inside the mouth heals.
A new chin can dramatically improve the strength or beauty of the face. When the chin is moved forward, you will also notice an improvement in your neckline.
If you are considering Chin Reshaping in Orange County, please click here to contact Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Bailey, for a consultation.
Before and After Pictures
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