Chin surgery is also called by the surgical names Mentoplasty and Genioplasty. This procedure is the augmentation of the chin by surgical means, such as implants or moving the tip of the chin bone forward to give a stronger, more protruding appearance. Chin reduction is the removal of some of the bone to lessen the chin’s prominent appearance.
Ideal candidates for chin augmentation should be healthy and should discuss any pre-existing conditions with their physician to identify any advanced risks due to their medical history. Dental conditions may also affect your chin augmentation and should be mentioned to your physician as well. Men who have a “weak” or underdeveloped chin or have a larger nose may want chin augmentation to balance out their facial symmetry. Some patients may need to discuss any medications that they are currently taking, as some blood thinners or steroids could cause complications with the procedure.
With this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision to place the implant over the chin bone, where it rests under the skin. There are many types of implant materials, and they come in a number of shapes and sizes. The physician will go over the choices with you before your surgery, to make sure that you pick the one that is right for you.
The surgeon will make the incision either under your chin, in the natural crease of the skin, or inside your mouth. If the incision is inside your mouth, it will be in the position where your lower lip attaches to your gums. The surgeon will then use instruments to open a space to insert the implant, resulting in no visible scarring.
After your surgery, you will have some limitations on your physical activities. Your normal routine can usually be re-established within a couple of weeks, with most patients usually returning to work within a week. Any hard physical exertion should be avoided, like heavy lifting or sports that may result in contact with the healing skin. Pain and swelling are common, as is bruising of the face and neck, but medications and items such as cold packs will help alleviate these symptoms.
The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.