The size and projection of the chin is an important aspect of an attractive facial balance. A receding chin, small chin, asymmetrical or oddly-shaped chin or overlarge chin are aesthetic issues that can be resolved by our skilled plastic surgeons. Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.
What is Chin Augmentation and Chin Reduction?
If your face lacks balance and you feel you look less attractive due to a receding chin, it can be resolved with a carefully-planned surgery. For some patients, the lack of facial balance can be resolved with a chin implant. These implants are available in a range of sizes and shapes to match various types of facial structures. Chin augmentation surgery involves the following steps:
An incision is placed within the mouth or in the natural crease beneath the chin to create a pocket into which the chin implant is placed. The implant, which is constructed from a soft synthetic material that feels similar to natural tissue, is inserted into the pocket and into the correct position.
Tiny stitches are used to close the incision. The surgical scar is invisible if placed within the mouth, and fades to being almost imperceptible when placed beneath the chin.
Chin reduction surgery involves reshaping the underlying bone, along with reducing the soft tissue to create a more attractive facial profile. Some patients are genetically programmed to have a long chin, pointed chin, overly-large chin, or a chin that projects too far for the rest of the facial structure. The procedure to reduce chin size or projection involves placing an incision within the mouth, between gum and cheek to access the bone structure of the chin.
What happens during genioplasty?
A genioplasty is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will access the area through an incision (cut) inside your mouth or one just under your chin. Depending on what level of correction is needed, they will use implants or remove bone to gain the desired result. Be sure and discuss what methods will be used with your surgeon.
Types of Genioplasty;
There are two main types of genioplasty: sliding genioplasty and chin implants.
In a sliding genioplasty, a surgeon uses a saw to cut the chin bone away from the rest of the jaw and move it to correct a chin deficiency. This is also called an osseous genioplasty. This type of genioplasty is recommended for people with severe retrogenia, or people whose chin is too far back in relation to the rest of their face. It can also help with correcting chins that are pushed too far forward and are too long.
Chin implants can be used to reshape, enlarge or push forward the appearance of the chin. This can be accomplished via surgery or injection. Surgical chin augmentation involves implanting a plastic material into the chin and adhering it to the bone. Alloplastic implants (those made from synthetic materials) are the most common. Non-surgical chin augmentation involves using needles to inject fillers, such as body fat, to enhance the appearance of the chin.
There are several ways to conduct this procedure:
advancement, or moving the chin forward
pushback, or moving the chin backward
side-to-side, which can help with asymmetrical chins
vertical changes, such as making the chin longer or shorter
How much does A Genioplasty cost?
It’s difficult to generalize how much genioplasty will cost. The cost of each surgery is as unique as you are. Things that can impact price include:
- where you live
- what surgeon you work with
- how far the jaw is moving
- how big the implant is
- material the implant is made of
- your insurance coverage
Is Genioplasty right for you?
Chin surgery/Genioplasty corrects receding chins, chin misalignment or chin excess. If you are concerned with the position, shape or contour of your chin, chin surgery may be a good option for you. Genioplasty is a commonly performed plastic surgery procedure.