When patients desire a chin more in proportion to the rest of their face, they often turn to chin surgery—either a chin implant or a procedure called sliding genioplasty.
As one of the top plastic surgeons in the county, Dr. Neal Goldberg is proud to offer a variety of surgical chin procedures to patients wishing to improve the proportion of their face. Chin surgery procedures include:
- Chin implants – can reshape the chin and improve projection
- Sliding genioplasty – repositions bones in the chin to complement features
Am I a good candidate for chin surgery?
If you feel that your face is out of proportion, chin surgery may be a great option to create proportion and symmetry of your face.
If you elect to undergo chin surgery, you should be psychologically stable with reasonable expectations and a clear understanding of the risks and benefits. If your microgenia is too severe or if you have teeth that are misaligned when the jaws are closed, you may not be good candidate for cosmetic chin surgery.
For patients who are not ideal recipients of chin implants, Dr. Goldberg may recommend sliding genioplasty to augment the chin and correct asymmetry.
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What can I expect from the procedure?
When a chin implant is inserted, Dr. Goldberg will select the appropriate alloplastic implant. Under local or general anesthesia, Dr. Goldberg will make one of two incisions, either in the mouth or below the chin. A pocket will then be created for the implant and the implant will be placed in front of the jawbone. He will then use soft sutures and a dressing to close the incision.
A sliding genioplasty takes about 45 minutes to complete and is commonly done under general anesthesia. Either through an intraoral or extraoral incision, Dr. Goldberg will use a small saw to evenly cut the jawbone, minimizing possible trauma to the soft tissue. The bones will be fixed into the new position with either wires or plates and the incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures.
What will my life be like after chin surgery?
Following either procedure, you can expect immediate results, but know it may take some time for the swelling to subside, though the implant is permanent.
With chin surgery, you should stick to a soft diet and elevate your head. Good oral hygiene is important and may include using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Caution must be used when using a toothbrush.
After one week, the sutures used to close the incisions may be removed.
As with other surgical procedures, some side effects are possible and may include bleeding, infection, implant malposition/mobility, nerve injury, lip drop and over/undercorrection.
For more information about chin surgery, call our office for a complimentary consultation at 914-722-1600.
*Individual Results May Vary