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Chin Surgery

Chin Surgery is a surgery that is performed to reshape a chin. A chin surgery may be performed to reclaim the profile of the chin after an accident or for aesthetic purposes. Chin surgery will also affect the look of the nose, cheeks and face. Chin surgery can reduce (mentoplasty) or augment (genioplasty) the chin to give your face a more balanced appearance. An individual facial bones shift, reduce, or enlarge with age and hence most chin surgery patients are adults.

Chin surgery is usually performed in an outpatient surgical center or hospital. The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia.




An incision is made on the site of the implant and is placed on the surface of the bone. It is then stitched, sutured or screwed into place. Sometimes the implant is not sutured, but is simply placed in a pocket and the body’s collagen keeps it in place. For some implants, like silicone implants, titanium screws may sometimes be used.

Genioplasty is another way of improving a weak chin. A section of the jaw is removed with an oscillating bone saw. The bone is then moved forward and kept in place with metal screws and plates.


With cosmetic surgery to reduce the chin, an incision is made in the chin and the bone is sculpted. The excess is removed from it and the incision is stitched up.


Double chin plastic surgery is a different type of cosmetic chin surgery. It gets rid of the excess skin and fatty tissues that result in a double chin. Patients may be treated with Tumescent Liposuction, which removes the excess fat through a small incision.


During mentoplasty surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in one of two possible locations:

  • under the lower lip inside the mouth
  • under the chin in an inconspicuous location

The surgeon will then use an electrical instrument (a bone burr or a drill) to reduce and reshape the bone to create a more natural appearance. The surgeon will stitch the incision closed and apply tape to the chin area.


Genioplasty is performed by using a chin implant to augment a receding chin or by the surgical advancement of the bone itself. Your surgeon would suggest if you need a silastic chin implant or to advance your own bone. The incision will then be chosen.

If you choose a chin implant, the incision is in one of two possible locations:

  • under the lower lip inside the mouth
  • under the chin in an inconspicuous location

The implant is placed in an appropriately sized pocket. Sizers are used to achieve the best appearance; then the actual implant is carefully placed and the incisions are closed.

If you choose to advance bone in the chin, the surgeon makes an incision under the lower lip inside the mouth using a powered saw with a special blade to separate the edge of the chin bone. The surgeon moves the separated chin-bone tip forward and positions it with wires or special bone plates and screws. Finally, the surgeon stitches the incision closed and applies tape to the chin area.


You may also experience significant swelling or discoloration in the treated area, which will subside over the course of several weeks. The stitches are typically removed within seven days of the procedure.

Follow your doctor's postoperative instruction list to help reduce the risk of complications. There may be some pain, which can be managed with oral medications. The surgeon may have recommendations to reduce swelling, such as elevating your head. Normal activities can be resumed typically within seven days.


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