Chin contouring surgery (also called genioplasty or mentoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure to reshape or contour the chin. This can also correct the protrusion, recession and asymmetry of the chin.
WHY CHIN CONTOURING SURGERY?
Typically, patients decide on chin contouring surgery because of one of the following chin characteristics:
1. Large or heavy chin
2. Chin recession: receding chin (too short)
3. Chin protrusion: protruding chin (too long)
4. Squared, broad chin
These characteristics have a great impact on the overall face, making patients feel uncomfortable and desire to transform the imbalanced chin into an aesthetically pleasing one. Thus, chin contouring surgery is a personalized solution designed to deliver the best comprehensive surgical result that answers to different conditions and needs of each individual and uplift confidence to the next level.
TECHNIQUES OF CHIN CONTOURING SURGERY
1. Chin contouring
Chin contouring can reduce the chin in patients who have a large chin. WIH surgeons will remove the chin bone properly to enhance the appearance and balance of the lower face. Oftentimes, this technique is done in conjugation with V-line surgery to achieve the best possible outcome.
2. Chin repositioning (Sliding genioplasty)
Chin repositioning or sliding genioplasty, a procedure to re-adjust or slide the position of the chin, is ideal for patients whose chin is receding (too short) or protruding (too long). By utilizing surgical equipment, WIH surgeons will cut the chin bone vertically and slide the chin forwards or backwards to achieve a more proportionate, natural-looking chin appearance that is in harmony with other facial features.
The newly positioned chin will be secured in place with the screws and plate. And bone shaving is then performed to ensure a smooth contour.
3. Chin T-osteotomy (mini V-line)
Chin T-osteotomy (also called mini V-line) is a procedure to achieve a V-shaped face with a balance between jaw and chin. It is ideal for patients who have a square, broad chin. WIH surgeons will perform T-osteotomy to narrow the chin areas. The newly positioned chin will be secured in place with the screws and plate before shaving to attain a smooth contour.
DETAILS OF CHIN CONTOURING SURGERY
Anesthesia: General anesthesia by anesthesiologist is recommended for patient’s safety.
Operation Time: 1 - 3 hours depending on which technique to be used
Length of Stay: 2 days 1 night
CHIN CONTOURING AFTERCARE
- Following surgery, a soft dressing is placed around your head and left in position overnight.
- After the night of surgery, wear the compression garment as much as possible for at least 2 weeks to reduce swelling.
- In the first 72 hours after surgery, use a cold compress and sleep with your head elevated in a recliner or with 2 pillows to help reduce swelling and bruising.
- Pain is well managed with prescribed medication
- Gently maintain good oral hygiene to avoid infection hygiene by using the provided mouthwash solution and use plain water to ensure your month is cleansed for 2 weeks.
- Resume brushing your teeth gently a week after surgery and do not touch the stitches along the lower gum.
- Consume food as instructed by the doctor and do not consume hot food or hot drinks for 2 months to avoid burning since the normal sensation around your lip and chin will be disrupted after the surgery.
- Do not pull your lips for 2 months to prevent wound dehiscence or separation of the stitches.
- Avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise or strenuous activity for 4 weeks. The patient is encouraged to take gentle walks to promote healing.