Chin Implant Surgery (Genioplasty)
Chin implant genioplasty is an effective method of improving one’s chin position. Chin position is often inherited through family traits, but it can also be affected by certain developmental conditions.
Chin implant genioplasty is a common method to correct an undeveloped chin, or simply augment one’s existing chin to improve and create a more balanced facial profile.
There are various clinical measures that help determine ideal chin position. Whilst chin implant surgery, is not necessarily undertaken to create the “ideal” chin, it can certainly help achieve a more proportionate facial profile. Both chin position along with nasal projection are two main contributing features that make up facial profile. In this regard, an underdeveloped chin typically results in a convex facial profile, sometimes also inadvertently accentuating one’s nose. Chin implant genioplasty serves as a useful technique to create a straighter facial profile, and restore better balance between the nose and chin.
View your potential results
Using the VECTRA 3D imaging system, Dr Reddy can provide you with a realistic view of your results during your consultation. Used in conjunction with Sculptor software, the VECTRA camera produces three-dimensional images of your genioplasty results. This ensures that you have realistic expectations prior to surgery and can work with Dr Reddy to produce the results you want.
How is chin implant surgery performed?
Chin implant genioplasty entails the placement of an implant over your existing chin bone prominence. The implants that are used are either made of silicone or an artificial bone substitute equivalent. Dr Reddy typically uses silicone implants as they have a good long term safety profile and can be readily replaced if need be. The chin implants come in a range of sizes and shapes and Dr Reddy will be able to show you all of the different implant styles and shapes that might best suit your facial shape and profile. Custom made chin implants can also be used depending on your specific requirements.
As part of your consultation, Dr Reddy routinely employs 3D VECTRA software to help plan your surgery and give you a good idea of what you may look like after surgery.
“I have found Vectra an extremely valuable tool in improving the accuracy of surgery. In effect, it takes treatment planning to a whole you new level, making it incredibly easy for patients to help choose their desired implant.”
Once surgery is scheduled, it is undertaken as a day procedure in hospital, either under twilight or general anaesthesia. The surgery takes approximately 1-1.5hrs. The chin implant can be inserted either through a very small incision placed under the chin, or through an incision placed inside the lower lip. There are advantages and disadvantages of each approach. One might argue that an incision placed inside the mouth produces no visible external scar, but the risk of infection and possible altered lip sensation is slightly higher with this approach. The relative benefits of each approach are discussed with you and the choice of approach would be confirmed at your pre-operative consultation. If the incision is placed under the chin, this is planned in a relatively concealed location and routinely not perceptible. If the alternative approach (inside the mouth) is used, a small incision is placed inside the lower lip. With either approach, a small pocket is then created, just on top of the chin bone in order to accommodate the implant. The implant is then inserted and secured into position over the bone as depicted in the image below.
Once secured in position, the overlying soft tissues and skin are sutured back in place. A small dressing is placed over the wound and a compression garment is applied. Routinely, you will be able to go home the same day with simple pain medication as needed.
Can Chin Implant Surgery be combined with other procedures?
Depending upon your specific needs, other procedures may be undertaken to complement your chin implant surgery. Rhinoplasty, or nasal reshaping is commonly undertaken at the same time as chin implant surgery.
Learn More about Chin Implant Genioplasty Surgery
When investing time and money in a procedure that demands attention to detail and a personalised surgical approach, it is important to do your research. Prices can vary significantly depending on the location and ‘name’ of a surgeon. Choosing a surgeon based on price alone is not the right approach and patients should rather use great results as a starting point.
Dr Reddy is also a fully qualified Dental Surgeon, and one of only a handful of Plastic Surgeons in the country to hold dual qualifications. It is this additional level of expertise, that allows him to achieve safe, consistent and highly successful results in all specialised facial plastic surgery procedures.