Genioplasty/Mentoplasty alters the structure of the face, providing better balance to the facial features. This operation is often performed with other face jobs to help balance the facial proportions.

Techniques

Chin height reduction manipulates of the jawbone (mandible) and usually provides a more dramatic correction than with the use of prosthetic implants.

Chin rounding by osteotomy manipulates of the jawbone (mandible) and usually provides a more dramatic correction than with the use of prosthetic implants.

Sliding genioplasty removes a horseshoe-shaped piece of the chin bone and sliding it either backwards or forwards, fixing it in place using titanium screws.

Chin augmentation using implants is a relatively easy operation for the patient while producing noticeable changes in the silhouette of the face. Patients own bone is donated from ribs and from part of the pelvis (the ilium.) Unfortunately, use of donated bone implants, even the patients own, appears to be associated with a higher rate of infection, even after the implant has been in place for decades.

Complications

Minor swelling, hematoma (blood pooling) and numbness of the lower lip which usually does not last long. Less common risks are infection, bony changes and displacement of the implant.

Cost

Chin augmentation surgery costs from US$ 2300 - US$ 3500.
The surgical procedure for chin augmentation takes 1 to 1.5 hours.


This page has been updated on the 2017-12-18.