What is Chin Surgery?
By augmenting an overly small chin or reducing a disproportionately large one, chin remodelling can bring your features into a better, more attractive balance.
Real beauty depends far more on a graceful balance of all your features than on the shape of any single feature alone. For example, a perfect nose can appear too large if the chin is excessively small. At the same time, an overly large chin can spoil the harmony of otherwise attractive features.
Chin remodelling, whether it takes the form of reduction or augmentation, can help bring all your features into better balance.
- Chin reduction involves either reshaping the bone with a burr to produce a smooth contour or by removing a small piece of bone and repositioning the chin.
- The medical term for this procedure is – reduction genioplasty.
- Chin augmentation increases the size of the chin either through the use of an implant, or by removing a section of bone, moving it forward and fixing it into position.
- The medical term for this second technique is sliding genioplasty
- This technique is also of use for vertical adjustments of facial dimensions.
- It is not uncommon for either of these procedures to be performed in conjunction with a face lift or nose reshaping.
A central consideration in deciding whether chin remodelling is appropriate is whether dental occlusion (the way your teeth meet) is correct. If it is not, orthognathic surgery supported by orthodontic preparation may be needed. This process can take up to two years.
In most cases, however, dental occlusion is satisfactory and the appearance of the chin can be dealt with by remodelling alone.
What to Expect with Chin Surgery
Surgeons will usually use General Anaesthesia during both chin reduction and augmentation procedures. Typically these procedures are day cases.
The incision in both procedures can either be through the inside of the mouth or under the chin. If the procedure is done in conjunction with either a facelift or neck lift, the incision will most likely be under the chin. This incision is often used as access for neck rejuvenation.
In the case of chin augmentation, the surgeon may use an implant or they may reshape the bone.
- When using an implant
- First, the surgeon will free the chin tissue from the bone.
- Then they implant is placed and adjustments are made.
- The surgeon will then fix bone with two titanium screws.
- The chin tissues are then reattached over the implant.
- Surgeon will seal the incisions with absorbable stitches.
- If reshaping the bones, a horizontal wedge of bone will be removed from the lower part of the chin.
- It is the repositioned and fixed into its new position.
In the case of chin reduction, the bone may be burred down or actually cut.
- Working from side to side, the surgeon may burr down the chin bone to a smoother, more pleasing contour.
- Alternatively, he may remove a wedge of bone just over the chin point.
- The chin is then re-positioned slightly back and higher up to produce a chin that is in better harmony with your other features.
At your consultation, Dr Briggs will take a general medical history and ask you about your goals for your procedure. He will also describe the various options available, and help you determine which will be right for you.
Chin Surgery Before and After Photos
Visit the clinic to see more real patient photo gallery of Before and after Chin Surgery photographs representing typical results our patients get. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
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After Your Chin Surgery
You will need to arrange for someone to accompany you home and stay with you through the first night. As you recover, there are several things you should know:
- If your surgery incisions are inside your mouth you will need to stick to a soft diet for the first week so your wounds can heal properly.
- Chewing can cause your suture line to break and lead to infection.
- Expect swelling for the first seven to ten days.
- This swelling will reduce more quickly if you use a chin-neck elastic garment.
- You will have a perscription for a course of antibiotics and painkillers.
- It is important that you do not take aspirin as it can promote bleeding.
- Even if you have incisions (cuts) inside your mouth it is advisable to continue brushing your teeth regularly. A soft toothbrush is best for the first two weeks.
- You will also need to rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash four times a day.
- You should plan on taking two weeks away from work to allow your bruises to clear and your chin to settle sufficiently so you are comfortable with it.
- Infection caused by a breakdown of incisions within the mouth can be problematic, particularly if there is an implant.
- If this happens, it is often wiser to remove the implant to promote control of the infection, then repeat the procedure three to four months later.
- The nerves that give feeling to the lower lip travel through the jawbone and emerge on either side of the chin. Very rarely, damage to these nerves can occur during surgery. This usually leads to temporary numbness in the lower lip.
How to find the best Chin surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. A reputable chin remodelling surgeon has the following qualities:
- A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
- Extensive experience in different types of chin remodelling.
- Patient Before and After Photos.
- Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
- A great support team with long term follow up.
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.