Feminizing Chin Recontouring (Genioplasty/Mentoplasty)
What are the differences between male and female chins?
The shape and overall appearance of the chin is an extremely important aspect of gender recognition. In general, male chins tend to be more angular, wider, longer, and squarer with a flat base, while women’s chins tend to be smoother, more rounded, and softer in appearance.
How does chin recontouring feminize the face?
Feminizing chin re-contouring (genioplasty / mentoplasty) reduces the shape of a large or prominent chin — when a more feminine look is desired. This surgical procedure is intended to impart a natural balance, and a more feminine look by reducing and reshaping the chin to be smaller, less angular, with a smoother and more feminine aesthetic.
The procedure reduces a large male chin, bringing it down to the smaller proportions typical of a female chin. Also, any aesthetic asymmetries are eliminated to increase symmetry and an overall aesthetically pleasing feminine appearance.
How is Feminizing Chin Recontouring surgery performed? Are chin implants used?
Feminizing Genioplasty is performed under general anesthesia within the context of the larger set of procedures that make up Facial Feminization Surgery. Your surgeon will access the structure of your chin through an internal incision. Incisions are made inside the mouth, leaving no external or visible scarring. From there, an osteotomy is performed and a precise and geometric wedge of bone is removed both vertically and horizontally. We then use biologically-compatible and safe titanium screws to secure the bones in their new positions. Once finished, sutures are placed inside the lower lip.
Chin implants are typically not used in this type of operation. In fact, it is impossible to feminize a chin with an implant! Any implant will invariably have the effect of enlarging the chin in one dimension or another. This outcome is the opposite of what we accomplish with a feminizing genioplasty. Also, chin implants have potential problems such as infections, shifting of the implant later, and possible damage to the roots of the teeth or nerves that give your lips sensation.
Another method we commonly employ is a T-Osteotomy, which involves cutting the tip of the chin bone in a T-shape, removing the middle portion, and then fusing the remaining bones of the chin together. It is possible to correct both a square jaw and create a slender V-line to the chin, simultaneously, without using this technique in Chin Contouring.
Dr. Deschamps-Braly may occasionally also use pre-surgery 3D imaging to ensure there is no interference with the roots of your lower teeth or “mental nerve”. As with any surgery, he will perform a full consultation with you to determine a specific course of action.