Genioplasty is a procedure used to re-contour and reposition the chin
Genioplasty, also known, as a chin augmentation is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of the chin and jaw. Most patients choose to undergo genioplasty surgery because they are self-conscious or feel unhappy with the appearance of their chin and side profile. Genioplasty is often performed at the same time as corrective jaw surgery in order to correct the alignment of a patients bite, and improve appearance and facial symmetry.
The genioplasty procedure
There are two main types of genioplasty surgery that can be performed depending on what the patient would like to achieve. These are sliding genioplasty and chin implant surgery.
As with both forms of genioplasty, an incision is made inside the mouth as to not allow visible scarring on the face. Your surgeon will cut the bone on the chin and re-position it. Once in place, it will be held in its new position with small plates and screws. The mouth will be stitched up and the patient can begin the recovery process.
Sliding genioplasty is an effective technique to help correct severe retrogenia – a condition when the chin is placed too far back in relation to the rest of the facial structure. This technique can also help correct chins that are too far forward or too long.
Surgical chin implants may be chosen for patients who wish to enlarge of push forward the appearance of the chin. Essentially, a small piece of biocompatible plastic material is inserted into the chin, integrating with the bone.
Genioplasty surgery recovery
Many patients are pleasantly surprised to find out that genioplasty is not a particularly painful procedure. Your surgeon will prescribe the appropriate pain medication, as you will still experience discomfort in the days following surgery. Pain and swelling should completely dissipate over the course of a few weeks. To ensure that the risk of infection is minimised, you will also be given a course of antibiotics.
You should help to reduce swelling by applying a cold pack to the area periodically over the first few days after surgery. If you can, it is also a good idea to sleep as upright as possible.
This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, meaning that you will be required to stay in hospital for a short period of time following surgery. You should also refrain from driving for at least 48 hours after surgery. Generally, we advise patients to take one week off work following genioplasty surgery.
Genioplasty surgery (chin augmentation) at OMFS in Melbourne
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