Chin correction surgery can make a huge improvement to your facial beauty. The chin is one of the most prominent contributors to the balance of the face. A beautiful and V-shaped chin can make your overall appearance younger, more elegant and attractive as we described in our earlier article on V-Line plastic surgery. But not everyone is blessed with a perfect chin. Many people feel self-conscious because of their weak or receding chin – a condition that occurs when their chin is ill-defined and projects slightly backward toward the neck.
Fortunately, this problem can be solved with a chin augmentation surgery, also known as mentoplasty, which comes from the Lain word “mentum” which means “chin”.
What are the causes of a receding chin?
Retrogenia (receding chin) is usually something that is determined by your genetics. The most common cause is a congenital defect, which causes the lower jaw to be smaller in comparison with the upper jaw.
Trauma during the growing years, particularly to the bone growth centers, may result in constrained development of the mandible (jaw bone).
Besides, certain dental problems may lead to a chin recession.
Who are the best candidates for a receding chin correction surgery?
– People who have a small or short chin.
– People who have deep and shaded wrinkles around the mouth due to an underdeveloped chin that causes loose and saggy skin around the area.
– People whose the upper lip seems to protrude.
– People for whom the transition between the chin and neck is unclear.
What are the techniques for fixing a receding chin?
Receding chin correction surgery is done either by placing implants or sliding genioplasty (reshaping and repositioning the lower jaw bones to attain the desired effect). These procedures are performed under local or general anesthesia and usually take 1-2 hours to complete.
– A chin implant is also a good option for correcting a weak chin due to the lack of soft tissue. Synthetic materials such as Silicone, Gore-tex, acellular dermal matrix or AlloDerm will be used for the procedure. The size and shape of the implants will be carefully customized to fit the unique anatomy of each patient’s face. At first, the surgeon will make a small incision along the crease of your chin, usually where the inside of your mouth meets your gum line. The tissue of the chin is then gently stretched to create a pocket into which the implant is inserted. Fine sutures will be used to close the incision.
– Sliding genioplasty is a better option for more severe receding chins caused by bone loss. At first, the surgeon will make an incision on both sides of your chin to get access to your lower jaw bone. A small incision will be made in the part that makes up the chin. This allows the surgeon to move part of the bone forward. A small metal plate will be used to keep the repositioned bone in place.
What are the recovery timeline and precautions for a receding chin correction surgery?
Bruising and soreness may be present for up to 2 weeks. Swelling may persist for one and a half months and final results of the procedure would be visible after the swelling subsides with usual application of ice packs.
Numbness is a common complication around the chin and cheeks. It lasts for around three weeks due to damaged nerves that may have been stretched or severed during the procedure.
A tape will be placed on the incision site, and the area will be bandaged. You will be not allowed to get this dressing wet.
You also need to elevate the head of your bed if possible or use two or three pillows to sleep. This after-care measure helps to reduce the swelling. Also remember to avoid accidentally hitting your chin against any solid objects.
Chewing should be limited for the first few days after the procedure. For the first two days a liquid diet is recommended and should be followed by a soft diet for 2-3 days.
An appointment needs to be scheduled with your surgeon about 10 days after the surgery to evaluate the progress in the stages of healing.
Normal activities may be resumed around ten days, with more strenuous activity being put off for the first few weeks.
What is the cost of a receding chin correction surgery?
Receding chin correction surgery ranges from USD 4,500 to USD 9,000. Costs vary by surgeon, geographic region, and the complexity of the procedure.