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Chin Augmentation
Chin Augmentation Surgery

Genioplasty is the medical term for surgery to reshape the chin and enhance your facial contours. Chin augmentation is a common aesthetic procedure with one goal in mind; bring balance and symmetry to the face.

 

What is Chin Augmentation

 

Chin augmentation can help deliver a stronger, more pronounced chin that redefines your facial profile. Depending on the patient’s goals and needs, chin augmentation surgery may involve repositioning the chin forward or backward, moving it to one side or the other to achieve symmetry, using implants to make the chin longer or larger, or reduction techniques to make the chin shorter or smaller.

 

What to Expect During Chin Augmentation Surgery

 

To begin, Dr. Patel will administer general anesthesia to help you feel comfortable during the surgery. Incisions will then be made, typically inside the mouth. From there, the process of performing a chin augmentation varies depending on the goals of the individual patient.

For patients who have a chin and jaw that is pushed too far back or forward in relation to other facial features, the plastic surgeon makes incisions along the gums below the bottom teeth. The chin is separated from the jaw so that the surgeon can make the necessary corrections. Plates and screws are used to hold the chin in place.

If a chin is being shortened, a wedge of bone is removed from it, or otherwise contoured, before it is reattached. If the goal is to make the chin larger, it can be advanced forward and downwards to give the appearance of a larger chin.

Once the necessary corrections are made, sutures are used to close the incisions. Oral sutures are usually absorbable, so they will not have to be removed later.

 

Your Chin Augmentation Consultation

 

If you believe you are a candidate for a chin augmentation, contact the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago for a consultation. A board-certified plastic surgeon will review your medical history and perform a full facial evaluation to see if chin augmentation surgery is right for you. We will take the time to explain all aspects of the procedure, including recovery, any potential risks associated with it, and we never perform a procedure unless we are certain it is the best treatment plan for you.

 

HOW IS A CHIN AUGMENTATION PERFORMED?

 

After general anesthesia is administered, incisions are made, typically inside the mouth. From there, the process of performing a chin augmentation varies depending on the goals of the individual patient.

For patients who have a chin and jaw that is pushed too far back or forward in relation to other facial features, the plastic surgeon makes incisions along the gums below the bottom teeth. The chin is separated from the jaw so that the surgeon can make the necessary corrections, and plates and screws are used to hold the chin in place.

If a chin is being shortened, a wedge of bone is removed from the chin, or otherwise contoured, before it is reattached. If the goal is to make the chin larger, it can be advanced forward and downwards to give the appearance of a larger chin.

Lastly, sutures are used to close the incisions. Oral sutures are usually absorbable, so they will not have to be removed later.

 

RECOVERY AFTER A CHIN AUGMENTATION

 

Bruising and swelling at and around the surgical site are normal after chin augmentation. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication and give specific instructions regarding diet and physical activity. A soft-food or liquid diet is recommended in the days following a genioplasty, and patients should not perform any rigorous activity for up to two weeks following the procedure.

The results of a chin augmentation will be noticeable immediately, but the full correction will be apparent after swelling and bruising goes away completely, usually within a month after the procedure is performed.

 

POTENTIAL RISKS OF CHIN AUGMENTATION

 

Every surgical procedure involves some potential risks. Although rare, the following complications are generally associated with chin augmentation surgery:

You should always ensure that your surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery before undergoing any surgical procedure and that the surgery is being carried out in an accredited surgical facility.

 

Good Candidates for Chin Augmentation

 

Asymmetrical facial features can impact confidence and self-esteem. At the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, we understand that each patient has unique aesthetic goals, the motivations for which go beyond just what we see in the mirror.

You may be a candidate for chin augmentation if you have an overly projecting chin, a retrusive jaw (one that is displaced backward from a central position), an asymmetrical chin or jaw, or would like to reshape and enhance your chin. Additionally, your plastic surgeon may suggest genioplasty as a supplement to rhinoplasty surgery, in order to create balance and facial harmony.

Ideal patients should also be in good physical health and have realistic expectations about the possibilities of the surgery.

 

How Much Does Chin Augmentation Cost?

 

The average cost of chin augmentation in the United States is around $8,000, but that cost can vary greatly depending on your location, the surgeon, and the extent of the procedure. The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago always provides a detailed breakdown of costs after an initial consultation. Since chin augmentation is generally considered an aesthetic procedure, it is rarely covered by health insurance.

All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.

 

Contact Our Office

 

If you would like to learn more about chin augmentation surgery, give us a call to schedule a consultation. We will make sure that you understand the entire procedure all the way through recovery. If a more youthful and natural-looking appearance is what you desire, contact the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago today.

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