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Chin augmentation, genioplasty or mentoplasty, chin implant surgery or chin repositioning, is a surgery to alter the shape of the chin to give the face a fuller look. Often, a “weak” chin can make the affect the overall balance of the shape and making the nose seem disproportionately large.
In fact, some people do visit the cosmetic surgeon to look for a rhinoplasty, but the actual underlying problem is with the chin.
Chin augmentation is usually done to correct receding chin, chin misalignment or chin excess. If the problem is mild, one can consider derma fillers.
Who is suitable for this procedure?
In general, patients will have to be in good medical condition with no pre-existing conditions. It is also important to access if you have a problem with your teeth or jaw, because if there is they will need to be addressed before chin augmentation surgery.
For those who smoke, you will have to stop smoking prior to and during the recovery phase as smoking can result in increased scarring, infection and other post-operation complications from this cosmetic procedure.
How is the procedure performed?
For chin implants, an incision is made either inside the mouth, in front of the bottom row of teeth, or underneath the chin, and the implant is inserted and adjusted into the correct position.
For genioplasty, the surgeon will cut into the bone of the chin itself and move it into a more prominent position. The incision can be made from inside the mouth or underneath the chin. The great advantage of genioplasty is that the surgeon can control the height, width and projection of the chin to give a tailored result.
Sliding genioplasty allows the surgeon to move your jaw forwards or backwards to an ideal orientation, depending on the results you desire.
Will chin augmentation leave a scar?
If the incision for genioplasty was made inside the mouth, it will not leave a visible scar. If the incision was under the chin, it will leave a small mark which will not be very visible.
Post operative care
Have plenty of rest.
Eat a well balanced diet.
Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.
Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
Avoid strenuous activities
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