A chin reduction (reduction genioplasty) can go a long way in getting that V-line face that has become such a coveted beauty trait. Along with the cheekbones, the chin plays an important part in defining a V-line face shape. But not all of us are lucky enough to have a naturally well-defined jawline and a refined chin. Some people feel unhappy because their chin appears excessively long or wide or protrudes forward from their face. This imbalance can make patients suffer from low self-esteem and confidence.
Fortunately, chin reduction surgery (also known as reduction genioplasty) can offer an effective solution for refining facial definition and contour, as well as help reduce an overly prominent chin to a more natural position, thus providing a more balanced look.
Who are candidates for chin reduction surgery?
- People with an excessively protrusive chin that typically projects out farther than the nasal tip.
- People who have a chin that is too bulky or unrefined in appearance
Note: The patient should be at least 20 years old to have surgery as the chin is still developing and growing prior to this and should therefore not be operated on.
How do you prepare for chin reduction surgery?
- Stop smoking and consuming alcohol at least 2 weeks prior to the surgery date
- Avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines at least 1 week prior to the surgery date
- Discontinue the use of anti-inflammatory drugs at least 1 week prior to the surgery date
- Consult your doctor about usage of any other prescription medications leading up to the surgery date.
Chin reduction procedure
Before the surgery is performed, an X-ray examination will be performed to check the lower teeth roots. The surgeon will also be able to consider the degree of reshaping required to restore the chin balance.
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthesia using a genioplasty approach. It normally takes 1-1.5 hours depending on the complexity of the surgery.
At first, the surgeon will make an incision in the mouth (in the lower gum of the lip) and reveal the bone around the chin. The bone will then be detached and reshaped at the tip of the chin using special surgical instruments. Unwanted bone will be removed to properly proportion the contour. The tip is then repositioned with the remaining section of chin and held together with plates and wires.
Once the procedure is completed, the incisions are sutured with dissolvable threads. A facial support garment or band will be placed on the chin and jaw at the end of surgery to help control swelling and reduce excessive post-operative movement.
Chin reduction is commonly performed together with rhinoplasty or neck liposuction to create a permanent and complete V-line face shape.
Recovery timeline and risks of chin reduction surgery
The chin reduction is a cosmetic surgery with a relatively minimal recovery period. Moderate pain is expected for a couple of days after the surgery. Patients can go back to their normal life after two weeks, but it’s recommended to avoid strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks.
There will also be small nerve damage, which can cause the patient to experience numbness in the lower lip and chin. The patient may well experience swelling for several weeks while the bone heals.
Incisions are made on the inside of the mouth and hence there should be no external scars. Maintaining good oral hygiene with mouthwash therefore is very important during the healing process to reduce the risk of infection.
After 6-8 weeks the recovery process will be complete and the final result will be visible.
How much does chin reduction surgery cost?
The cost depends on many factors, but the patient is expected to pay anywhere from USD 4,400 – 12,000 with an average cost of USD 5,500.