Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)
Genioplasty is a type of surgery that is performed on the chin. Plastic surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons (surgeons who work on the mouth and jaw) can perform this type of surgery.
Genioplasty is usually cosmetic surgery, which means that people choose to do it because of their appearance and not because of a medical condition. For this reason it is often not covered by insurance.
There are several ways to perform this procedure:
· Advance or move the chin forward
· Push or move the chin back
· Side to side, which can help with asymmetrical chin
· Vertical changes, such as lengthening or shortening of the chin
Chin implants can be used to reshape, enlarge or improve the appearance of the chin. This can be achieved with surgery or by injection.
Surgical chin augmentation consists of implanting a plastic material in the chin and making it adhere to the bone. Alloplastic implants (those made from synthetic materials) are the most common.
Non-surgical chin augmentation involves the use of needles to inject fillers, such as body fat, to improve the appearance of the chin.
After the surgery, the surgeon will make you take oral antibiotics for two days. Oral stitches are resorbable, so you won't have to go back to the hospital to have them removed.
You can start eating normally as soon as you feel ready. A liquid or soft diet is recommended. You should rinse your mouth with water or an antiseptic mouthwash after each meal.
After three to five days, you can remove the compression bandage and dressings and resume your daily routine. Do not exercise for the first 10 days after surgery. Do not participate in contact sports for six to eight weeks.
You may notice swelling, redness, or bruising, which should go away after a few days.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:
· Fever of 100.4˚F (38˚C) degrees or higher
· Bruising, redness, or swelling that does not go away in a week