For those looking to bring the chin into balance with other facial features, chin surgery, also known as a genioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that can have dramatic results. Chin augmentation surgery can effectively reshape and reposition the chin, creating a better proportioned face.
Dr. Robert J. Morin, a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in New York and New Jersey, regularly performs chin surgery on patients who wish to increase the size and projection of a small or receding chin or would like to address a developmental abnormality, such as hemifacial microsomia. In most cases, a genioplasty procedure is done to augment the chin. However, in some instances, the surgery may be done to reduce the size of the chin.
After administering an anesthetic, Dr. Morin will make an incision inside the lip or under the chin so that the bone that supports the chin can be repositioned. For an augmentation, Dr. Morin cuts the tip of the chin from the jaw and moves the lower portion forward. By cutting chin bone and sliding the lower portion forward, Dr. Morin can lengthen the chin and increase its outward projection. Dr. Morin uses the patient’s own bone to augment the chin, which decreases the risk of potential complications, such as infection and postoperative shifting of position that can result from artificial implants. In the case that a chin is too big, Dr. Morin will remove bone and move the tip of the chin back. Once the chin has been repositioned, Dr. Morin reattaches it to the jaw using small metal plates and screws.
The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending on the individual surgery. Dr. Morin often performs a genioplasty procedure in combination with other surgical procedures, such as orthognathic jaw surgery, rhinoplasty (a nose job) or a neck lift. A rhinoplasty can aesthetically complement a chin surgery, resulting in a greater facial balance. To help tighten and sculpt the jawline, a neck lift can be performed, refining the overall effect. If a combination of procedures is being done, more time is required to complete the surgery.
Chin surgery is generally an outpatient procedure and patients can go home the day of the surgery. The cheeks will have bruising and swelling, which generally subsides within two weeks. Until the incisions heal, patients should eat soft foods. In general, patients do not experience serious postoperative pain; however some patients have numbness in the chin and lower lip that usually resolves. Strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks following the surgery. Most often, incisions will be made in the inside of the mouth, so no visible scars will remain.
Chin surgery can enhance facial symmetry, often vastly improving the appearance of a weak or deficient chin. If you would like to know more about chin surgery and whether it is an appropriate option for you, contact us for a comprehensive consultation. With offices conveniently located in NYC and Hackensack, Dr. Morin treats patients in the NY and NJ area, offering advanced cosmetic procedures and expert surgical care.