Chin surgery or genioplasty is more commonly known as chin repositioning. This surgical procedure is done to correct receding chins, chin misalignment or chin excess by either performing the surgery on the chin bone or by using an implant. Sometimes, chin surgery is recommended to a patient having nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimise the perceived size of the nose. Sometimes, chin surgery is also recommended for functional improvement. Means it not only improves the appearance of the face but also helps in proper function of oral musculature like proper closing of lips in cases of short lower lip, forward shift of the tongue muscles by advancement genioplasty improves the airway space of the patient and therby helpful in correcting conditions like sleep apnoea and snoring.
Chin surgery helps provide a harmonious balance to facial features by enhancing facial contours. For patients who feel that their chin is too small, either an implant is inserted or the chin bone is cut and move forward to enhance the size and shape of the chin. For patients who feel their chin is too large, surgery is performed on the bone to reshape and resize the chin.
Chin surgery is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Maxillofacial Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.
Chin surgery can be performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation.
Modern surgery is generally safe but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur.
Some general risks and complications of surgery may include:
Scars are an inevitable part of any invasive surgery. But in case of genioplasty it is highly unlikely to occur because the procedure is done through a incision inside the mouth within you lower lip and just beneath the lower teeth and gums. Therefore, there will not be any incision or scar on your facial skin.