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Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)

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The chin and nose work together to create an attractive profile. While some of my patients express a concern about a week chin, the chin usually becomes part of the conversation after identifying concerns with the neck, jaw, or nose. So while it may not be your primary concern, an appropriately sized chin can provide the balance necessary to visually smooth and elongate the neck, strengthen the jawline, and balance your nose. 

Symmetry

Before we discuss the procedures for addressing a week chin or excessively prominent chin (witch chin), it is important to discuss facial symmetry. Most people think of symmetry or balance as the similarity between the right and left sides of your face. There also needs to be a balance between the vertical components of your face, particularly when we discuss your profile. The face can be divided into an upper, middle, and lower third. Each third should be the same vertical height in order to achieve a natural balance. The upper third is roughly from your hair line to your eyebrows, the middle from the eyebrows to your nostrils and the lower third is from your nostrils to the bottom of your chin. In order to create the right chin for your face and profile, it needs to be the correct height and projection.

Underprojected chin

If your chin is under-projected then a chin implant can restore balance to your profile. A chin implant requires only a small incision under the chin. The surgery takes about 1 hour. Downtime is 1 week though this can vary if it is performed in concert with a neck lift or rhinoplasty

Vertical Symmetry

If your chin is too “short”, meaning that the distance from your nostrils to the bottom of your chin is smaller than the other thirds of your face, then a chin implant will likely not be sufficient. A genioplasty can actually move the bone of the chin to be able to achieve the appropriate height and projection. The incision is placed inside of the mouth, so there are no external scars. Downtime is about 1-2 weeks, though full healing requires a few months for the bone to completely heal. 

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