Chin implant surgery, also called genioplasty, can lengthen a round face, improve the neckline, and help balance out other facial features that may be too large in comparison.
Candidates for chin augmentation surgery usually have a weak or receding chin that is not proportionate to the rest of the facial features. The medical term for this condition is microgenia, which is characterized by inadequate bone structure in the chin. If the patient has severe microgenia or dental problems, he or she may not be a candidate for chin implant surgery.
Depending on the individual’s circumstances, either general or local intravenous anesthesia will be administered for chin implant surgery. The incision will be located either intraorally (within the mouth) or below the chin. The intraoral incision leaves no visible scar. The incision below the chin will leave a small, permanent scar. Once the incision is made, a pocket will be created for the implant. The implant will then be secured into place, and the incision will be closed with soft absorbable sutures. Chin implants are made from medical-grade materials that look and feel like natural bone.
Most patients are back to their normal routine within a few days, although complete recovery may take 2 to 3 weeks. Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are part of the recovery process and can usually be alleviated with cold compresses and a mild pain reliever.