Chin Surgery, also known as genioplasty, is the surgical reshaping of the chin. This can be to either augment or reduce the chin and shape in all dimensions. This can be principally achieved using either your own bone or, in the case of augmentation, with chin implants.
Chin augmentation with implants is a popular option for patients who simply wish to enhance the size and shape of their chin. This procedure involves the insertion of an implant through an incision made either inside the mouth or under the chin. The implant is positioned over the chin bone to create a more defined and proportionate appearance.
Chin augmentation involves surgically placing a biocompatible implant over the lower jaw structure, widening or lengthening the shape of the jaw if you are unhappy with the way it looks. The surgery can subtly alter the balance of your face – giving you a stronger profile and removing the prominence of a nose or a neck.
As an alternative to implants, the bone of the chin can be repositioned more prominently and fixed via an incision in the mouth. Using your own bone will allow more complex shape changes to be achieved
Both chin augmentation and chin implants can be an alternative to nose surgery as a way of re-balancing and shaping your face – or can be used in conjunction with rhinoplasty (nose job) to give you the face shape you’ve always wanted.
Chin augmentation and implants suit those with a ‘weak’ chin who want a stronger and wider jaw line created, or wish to lengthen their face.
A prominent chin can easily be treated with chin reduction surgery. This can only be done by reshaping and repositioning the bone of your chin (and not using implants). The procedure is scarless using an incision in the mouth. As it uses the natural bone of the chin, the ways and directions in which it can be reshaped and re-positioned are endless. Finally the bone is secured in its new position using mini screws
Chin surgery can be a highly effective way to improve the balance and symmetry of the face. Whether using your own bone or implants, it can help to facial profile and enhance overall harmony. Ultimately, the specific goals will depend on each individual patient's needs and desired outcome. If you are considering chin surgery, it's important to consult with a registered specialist facial plastic surgeon who can help you determine which procedure is best suited to your individual needs and goals. An appointment with a registered specialist facial plastic surgeon will ensure you make the right choice of technique to best achieve your desired outcome.
At cosmetic surgery partners all our surgeons are UK trained and registered specialists with the General Medical Council. Our chin surgery specialist, Mr Andrew Douglas, has held several NHS consultant positions and has helped many patients achieve their desired goals.
If you want to find out more about the chin implant surgery procedure view our Q+A section below or please call our award-winning team 020 7486 6778 or book a consultation today.
As part of the Cosmetic Surgery Partners patient journey, we provide a psychological assessment before Abdominoplasty surgery. This step is to prepare the patient, enhance their tummy tuck cosmetic surgery journey and support them psychologically if there are any mental health concerns.
In some cases we can suggest our patients try dermal fillers before surgery, however the only permanent solution are chin implants. Dermal fillers depending on the patient usually last between 12-18 months.
If you are unsure about what procedure is best for you our surgeons will be able to advise you during your initial consultation.
In some cases, chin augmentation and chin implant surgery cannot begin until dental occlusion the relationship between upper and lower teeth when they meet is altered. This will require braces first, and the resulting orthognathic surgery (specialist surgery to correct the jaw) is carried out with our specialist consultant maxillofacial surgeon working with a consultant orthodontist.
Given that you agree with the surgeon’s opinion and you are deemed a suitable candidate for surgery you will be given a 2 week cooling off period before the actual surgery. It is important to make sure the procedure is really right for you.
Yes as opposed to non-surgical alternatives such as dermal fillers results from chin implant surgery are permanent.
While it is possible that close friends or family members may notice some changes to your chin after surgery, the goal is to achieve a natural-looking result that does not appear overly artificial or obvious. The degree to which people can tell that you have had chin surgery will depend on the specific procedure and technique performed and your individual healing process.
Chin surgery can be scarless, however it will depend on the specific technique you decide with your surgeon. If a small external scar is needed, it should fade and become hardly noticeable within a few months. Patients who require an incision in the mouth instead will have some dissolving stitches that will fall out after a week leaving no visible scar.
In most cases, patients are able to go home the same day after chin surgery. If your procedure has been carried out under local anaesthetic then this will be within an hour of surgery. Ultimately, the length of the hospital stay will vary depending on the nature of the surgery performed and the individual needs of each patient.
You will be able to discuss the specifics of your chin surgery with our facial plastic surgeon during your consultation to determine the best approach to achieving your individual goals. Our surgeon will be able to provide you with information on the expected length of the hospital stay, as well as individual instructions on post-operative care and follow-up appointments. To book a consultation please call 020 7486 6778 or send a message using our contact form.
Yes. Chin implants can be placed under local anaesthesia using a small incision under the chin although it is more frequently performed under general anaesthesia. The choice of anaesthesia will depend on a variety of factors, including the patient's individual needs and preferences, as well as the surgeon's judgment. Your surgeon will discuss the best anaesthesia options for your specific case during your consultation.
While most patients experience a little swelling post chin implant surgery the results are instantly obvious. Most patient are fully healed at 4-6 weeks post surgery.
The recovery time after chin surgery can vary depending on the specific procedure and technique used as well as each individual patient's healing process. However, in general, patients can expect to resume normal activities within a few days to a week after surgery.
Immediately after chin surgery, patients should expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the chin and surrounding areas. These symptoms typically peak within the first 48-72 hours and then gradually subside over the next several days.
During the initial recovery period, patients should avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or exercise, that could increase swelling or delay healing. Patients should also avoid bending over or putting pressure on the chin area to minimize the risk of displacement.
It's important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure a safe and successful recovery. Overall, patients should expect to see final results from chin surgery within a few days once swelling and bruising have subsided.
As with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with chin surgery. General risks include bleeding, swelling and infection. Where a chin implant is being used, scarring is a risk if it performed by a small external incision under the chin. For scarless surgery performed through an incision in the mouth using your own bone or implants, injury to the nerve that provides sensation to the lower lip and chin is a small risk. It's important to consult with a UK registered facial plastic surgeon who can best assess your individual needs and goals, and discuss which technique might be most suitable.
Like any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with sliding genioplasty, including bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. It's important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your individual needs and goals and discuss the potential benefits and risks of the procedure.
In general, chin implants do not need to be replaced unless there are complications or the patient desires a different aesthetic outcome.
Chin implants are typically made from silicone, porous polyethylene, or other biocompatible materials such as polyetheretherketone (PEEK) that are designed to be permanent. These materials are generally very durable and can last for many years without needing to be replaced.
However, like any implant, there is a small risk of complications over time, such as infection, displacement, or discomfort. Rarely, in such cases, the implant may need to be removed or replaced.
Additionally, some patients may desire a different aesthetic outcome over time, such as a more subtle or more pronounced chin projection. In these cases, the implant may be replaced with a different size or shape to achieve the new desired outcome.
Chin surgery performed through an incision in the mouth cannot be performed under local anaesthetic. It also carries a greater risk of nerve injury compared to being via a small skin incision under the chin. Placement of a silicone implant via a small external incision is a much shorter and lower risk procedure.
During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the different appropriate options and help you choose which will be best for you. Overall, while some scarring is possible after chin surgery, the majority of patients are pleased with their results and find that any scarring is easily concealed.
Chin surgery should not have any effect on facial hair growth.
If you’re not sure we would always recommend our buddy system where you can be put in touch with a patient who has had chin augmentation previously.