Chin Surgery (Genioplasty / Mentoplasty)
What is chin reduction or augmentation surgery?
Chin surgery (genioplasty or mentoplasty) involves altering the size and shape of the chin, either by reducing, reshaping, or augmenting the chin.
Do you recommend or use chin implants?
Although chin implants are an option and occasionally used, we believe that placing a foreign body (an implant) into your own body is counterintuitive and problematic. Chin implants may also cause complications because they are not naturally part of your own body.
In fact, one of the most common types of chin surgery we do is chin revision surgery – wherein a chin implant has not been successful, and the chin needs revising. It is our belief, normally, a far better option is to re-shape the underlying skeleton or foundation of the chin by altering or moving the bone. Read more about chin revision surgery here.
There are several options for genioplasty surgery: the chin may be moved forward, down, centered, widened, or narrowed depending on the specific problem. In these cases no silicone or other types of implants are necessary.
Is there scarring with chin surgery (genioplasty)?
Most genioplasty operations are performed through incisions completely inside of the mouth so that there are no external or visible evidence that an operation was performed.
Chin surgery may be performed on those who have good position of the jaws to improve sleep apnea as many of the structures involved in obstructive sleep apnea are attached to the chin and are supported better by moving the chin forward in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Use of surgical 3D imaging and virtual surgery.
We use computer software 3D imaging and virtual surgery prior to your operation to ensure a successful result. This process involves digitally mapping your chin before surgery to generate a ‘jig’ to be able to precisely position the chin.