The chin plays an important role in defining the symmetry of the face. A receding chin may make the nose appear too long and an overly projecting chin may make the face lose its beauty even when other features are in proportion to each other.
A genioplasty is a surgical procedure to correct the shape of the chin by reducing a prominent chin or projecting a receding chin. The surgery can change the complete profile of the face. Chin surgery is often combined with nose surgery (rhinoplasty), and neck lift.
Chin augmentation is performed under general anaesthesia. An incision is made inside the lower lip. The chin is sculpted either by inserting an implant or reshaping the chin bone. The implant is secured with sutures or screws. Reshaping the chin bone (genioplasty) is performed by cutting and moving the position of the chin with fixation using screws and plates.
You will experience some swelling, discomfort and may feel stretching on the chin after the surgery. Antibiotics and analgesics will be prescribed to prevent infection and keep you comfortable.
- You should be able to return to normal work after two weeks
- You will be on a soft diet for 1 week following surgery and will need to wash out your mouth regularly.
- The final results of the surgery are seen after 3 to 4 months following the surgery.
Yes. Genioplasty can be covered by your health fund if performed for facial deformity.
What are the risks and complications of chin augmentation surgery?
The risks and complications of chin augmentation surgery are rare but may involve shifting or infection of the implant, scarring of the chin and numbness on the chin.