Chin enhancement surgery
Cosmetic Procedures for Chin Enhancement:
Do you ever feel self-conscious about the appearance of your chin or your profile in photographs? If so it may be that your chin is too small or too large relative to your nose. In many cases a minor surgical procedure called genioplasty can improve your facial appearance frontal and profile perspective. In many cases chin implant are used to augment the chin. These implants are most commonly placed by plastic surgeons through an incision made below your chin. Although, these implants can improve the appearance of your chin, they often cause deterioration of the chin portion of the jaw bone underneath the chin implant. Furthermore, there is a risk that that the chin augmentation may not appear as natural as patients might have imagined due to unnatural straining of the chin muscles and soft tissues that are stretched over the chin implant. In the worst cases, these implants can shift and move under the tissues and resorb the bone over the tooth roots that extend downward in the chin area. Genioplasty surgical procedures commonly performed by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have many advantages over a chin implant. To begin with, an incision is made inside the lower lip and the chin is fully exposed and marked for symmetry. A fine saw is used to separate the chin from the jaw bone and at the same time preserve the soft tissue and muscle attachments to the tongue and to the hyoid bone. When a patient’s chin is underdeveloped their airway is likely reduced in size presenting a risk for severe snoring or sleep apnea. During the surgery we slide the chin forward anywhere between 8-16 mm’s and secure it with bone screws. This leads to a completely natural appearance following the chin augmentation surgery as the overlying muscles and tissues are preserved and appear natural without evidence of stretching or strain observed after chin implant surgery. In addition, as the chin is repositioned forward in the genioplasty surgery, the tongue and hyoid bone also move forward and slightly superior as the genioglossus and geniohyoid muscles are attached to the chin resulting not only in a greatly improved airway that will greatly reduce or eliminate snoring and in some cases eliminate sleep apnea which is known to be associated with damage to the lungs (Pulmonary Hypertension) and heart (Enlargement of the heart). While the genioplasty is most often used for chin augmentation with additional cosmetic and functional benefits, the procedure can also be used to reduce and oversized chin strictly for cosmetic chin enhancement. For patients in good health, the genioplasty surgical procedure can be performed under IV sedation in the office setting. Nevertheless, health issues may indicate performing the procedure under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgery center.
See our Before and After Pictures Chin Enhancement Surgery performed in our office: