An attractive facial contour includes a smooth, distinct jawline and well proportioned chin. A recessive or chin, known as mandibular hypoplasia, is particularly obvious on profile views. It is also noticeable in facial appearance from the front, in photographs, and selfies which are often posted on internet social media. It is frequently associated with an overly prominent or enlarged nose, may contribute to an undefined neckline, and may also be seen in the context of malocclusion. Correction of an underprojecting chin, otherwise known as genioplasty, may be accomplished with either surgical advancement of the bone, or with insertion of a chin implant. Chin implants are often preferred to bony advancement surgery due to the fact that surgery for implant placement is better tolerated and has quicker recovery than chin bone repositioning, although the latter is required in instances of malocclusion, which chin implant alone will not correct.
Chin implants are usually made of flexible solid silicone, and are available in multiple sizes to allow the patient to obtain the precise result they are seeking. The operation requires either a small incision on the skin under the chin or an incision inside the mouth under the lower lip, through which the implant is inserted. The surgery may be performed under either local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia. Results are immediately visible and recovery is relatively rapid.
Dr. Hutchinson will discuss genioplasty options with you and determine which treatment plan is best suited for your individual needs and desires.