Masculinizing Chin Augmentation & Reshaping
The male chin is typically more square than the female chin.
The overall appearance of the chin and it’s shape is an important aspect of gender recognition. In general, male chins are fuller and squarer, while female chins typically appear more tapered. Male chins tend to be more angular, wider, and longer with a flat base, while women’s chins tend to be smoother, more rounded, and softer in appearance.
How does Chin Augmentation work within the context of Facial Masculinization Surgery?
Masculinizing Chin Augmentation surgery (genioplasty or mentoplasty) involves altering the size, projection, and profile of the chin. This procedure is used to add width and length as needed–to create a squarer, more masculine-looking profile.
Chin Augmentation is typically performed within the set of procedures that make up Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS) and is usually combined with other lower-face procedures such as Chin Contouring, Jaw Reshaping, and possibly even Jaw Augmentation.
During the procedure any pre-existing congenital asymmetries may also be eliminated to increase overall symmetry of the face resulting in an aesthetically pleasing masculine appearance to the chin.
How is Masculinizing Chin Augmentation surgery performed?
Masculinizing Genioplasty is performed under general anesthesia, often as part of the group of surgeries that make up Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS). Dr. Deschamps-Braly accesses the structure of your chin through an internal incision.
From there, a sliding osteotomy is performed and precise, geometric wedges of the patient’s own bone are positioned–both vertically and horizontally–to reshape the width and projection of the chin’s profile.
Biologically-compatible and safe titanium screws are used to secure the bones in their new positions and sutures that will dissolve are placed inside the lower lip.
Because incisions are made inside the mouth, no external or visible scarring occurs post surgery.
Dr. Deschamps-Braly may 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.
Are chin implants used to masculinize the face?
Although chin implants are an option and sometimes used, we feel it is counterintuitive and potentially problematic to place a foreign body (a chin implant) into your own body. Synthetic chin implants may also cause complications because they may be rejected. Potential problems include infections, shifting of the implant later, and possible damage to the roots of the teeth or nerves that give your lips sensation.
In most cases, we believe it is a far better option to augment and reshape the underlying skeleton or foundation of the chin with the patient’s own bone material.
Is there scarring with chin surgery?
There is no visible scarring because all surgical incisions for chin augmentation are made inside the mouth–leaving no visible evidence that an operation was performed.