When we talk about facial appearance, it implies a balance to the features of the face.
If any of the facial features, particularly the nose and the chin, is out of proportion, your face appears strange.
So, a balanced facial appearance depends partially on the size and shape of the chin in relation to the nose.
Chin surgery helps provide a more balanced facial appearance so that you experience a better feeling regarding the way you look. The most common chin surgeries are chin reduction and chin augmentation.
Chin surgery is an outpatient procedure that is usually performed in a surgical center or hospital. The surgery generally lasts from one to several hours. A short hospital stay is required for more complicated cases, which can take longer time.
On the other hand, anesthesia (local or general) will be given according to the surgical plan. Normally, the chin surgery is performed under local anesthesia. General anesthesia is preferred only for complicated cases.
When local anesthesia is given, the surrounding regions of the surgical area will be numbed and you’ll be awake during the surgery with no feelings of pain. On the other hand, with general anesthesia you’ll be sedated during the surgery.
Chin reduction, also known as mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin in a better way. Chin surgery is usually performed by a surgeon.
The surgeon starts the surgical procedure by making an incision in one of the two locations: inside the mouth (under the lower lip) or in an unobtrusive location (normally under the chin).
The surgeon then makes use of a specialized electrical instrument to lessen and reshape the bone in order to have a more natural look. Once the procedure completes, the surgeon closes the incision with tiny sutures and covers the chin area with bandage or tape.
The other type of chin surgery is chin augmentation. It is also known as genioplasty. Chin augmentation is generally performed by adding a chin implant to a receding chin or by surgical advancement of the bone.
The incision for the chin surgery depends on your personal preference, whether to use a silastic chin implant or to advance your own bone.
For chin implant, the incision will be done in one of the two locations: If you choose a chin implant, the incision is in one of two possible locations: inside the mouth (under the lower lip) or in an inconspicuous location (normally under the chin).
The chin implant comes in various sizes and shapes. So, the surgeon places the chin implant in an aptly sized pocket and uses seizers to attain the best appearance. The surgeon then places the actual implant carefully and closes the incision with tiny sutures.
On the other hand, for chin surgery with surgical advance in the bone, the incision will be made inside the mouth using a motorized saw to divide the edge of the chin bone.
The surgeon moves the separated bone tip forward and fixes it. Finally, the surgeon closes the incision with sutures. You can get required chin after the surgery.