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What is Genioplasty?

Genioplasty is a known cosmetic surgery and is famously identified as the cosmetic surgical intervention of the chin. This type of surgery is aimed to improve a person’s chin. There are a number of reasons why people undergo such procedure. This can either be for aesthetic purposes or to correct a deformity or positioning of the chin. The reshaping of the chin is still a person’s choice as this is also to attain balance of their facial structure.

Genioplasty before & after pictures

Genioplasty before & after picture

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Those who are a candidate of such procedure are the following people:

  1. It should be made sure that the candidate is in good health.
  2. The patient should not have any serious ailment or disease that can only risk his or her immune system.
  3. Patients with a small chin are indicated to undergo such procedure. This is due to the fact that the facial features should be in proportion. A receding chin is also to be corrected.
  4. Patients with an enlarged chin are possible candidates of genioplasty. This is to make the largeness of the chin more proportionate to the client’s face. Because of the large chin, this can be very destruction to the part of the patient.

Genioplasty Terminology

A. Sliding Genioplasty

The sliding genioplasty is also known as the chin advancement. This procedure is another form of chin enlargement. This plastic surgery is said to correct the form of one’s chin making a “new chin” with the use of own skin. The said procedure can result to a very natural effect as there are fewer incisions done because it can be done intra-orally. However, the procedure can be result to nerve damage because of either an implant or the augmentation itself affected a nearby nerve.

B. Jumping Genioplasty

The jumping genioplasty is said to be the ideal when one wants a reduction of the chin. This is mostly done to patients who have an enlarged chin.

C. Osseous Genioplasty

The osseous genioplasty is said to be a reliable form of genioplasty. This can correct the problems affected the sagittal area that it can change the chin projection. This is a more corrective form of genioplasty. There is correction of the contour and height of the facial muscles. It can either move the chin forward or in backward position. This can be done through grafting and would mostly require a longer recovery period because of bone healing.

Genioplasty Procedure

The procedure is done in order to reshape the chin or to reposition the bone that has been supporting the chin. If an implant is involved, it shall include the use of silicone that can be placed on the chin. During the procedure, there shall be an incision done inside the lower lip of the client in order to correct the area. It can also be that the area of incision is located under the chin. Once the chin bone is to be repositioned, an implant may be placed to correct the area.

Genioplasty Recovery Time

Those who have undergone genioplasty shall have a different recovery time from each type of procedure. The osseous genioplasty is reported to have a recovery time of 12 to 18 months, while the other two procedures are to have about 2 weeks as a recovery time. The procedure shall take that long to recover for to allow the skin and possible implants to adjust in the area. After recovery has been attained, the patient shall resume to normal activity. When sutures were involved with the procedure, one week is the time for the sutures to be removed.

Genioplasty Cost

The average cost of genioplasty is reported to be 4000 USD. Some institutions have a range of 3000 to 10,000 USD that comes along with the doctors’ professional fees and the amount of the surgical procedure. The procedure is might costly as this is considered as a plastic surgery.


Complications are somehow inevitable and can provide a delicate situation to the client. There are untoward effects, not just complications of genioplasty. It can be that the client shall suffer from bruising after the procedure. These are also a tendency the client shall have overt stretching of the skin. The known complications of genioplasty are the following:

  1. Bleeding tendency.
  2. Infection is a common complication from the surgical procedure.
  3. Nerve damage.
  4. Damage to the nearby tissues or structures of the face may be likely.
  5. Repeated surgeries of the face can truly affect the muscles. This can either weaken them that the muscles and tissues make it difficult for the client to masticate or simply chew food.
  6. Teeth damage is said to be a complication. The jaw can also be affected.

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