Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)
About Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)
An augmentation genioplasty or chin enhancement can either be osseous (releasing and repositioning existing bone) or alloplastic (utilising artificial material). Alloplastic options include silicone and porous polyethylene. The entire procedure is performed either through an incision inside the mouth or through a small incision on the underside of the chin.
Immediately after surgery, the face will be fitted with bandages, tape, or otherwise secured in order to speed the recovery process and to reduce swelling. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Keeping the head elevated during the initial recovery phase is also important. Patients sometimes report pain associated with surgery, which can usually be treated with oral medication. Patients may experience some swelling and bruising of the face, which can be eased by using cold compresses. A liquid diet may be required for a few days, as chewing may be difficult. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following post-operative directions given after surgery.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.