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Genioplasty: What's A Chin Reduction All About?

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.

March 2, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

The pressure to have a strong, yet not overly powerful jawline is overwhelming in the selfie-saturated world that we live in. Because of this, both men and women are turning to genioplasty (chin surgery) in order to achieve the perfect balance. And although the most widely discussed version of genioplasty is a chin implant, there are a great deal of men and women who are struggling with the opposite issue.


When a man has a receding jawline, typically, society doesn’t view him as capable of a leader nor as “manly” as one who has a chin proportionate to the rest of his face. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when a man’s jawline is excessively masculine, they can be viewed as threatening and unapproachable. This can be just as detrimental for their career and personal life as a receding one, if not more.


For women, the pressure for perfectly balanced chin is also incredibly high, but this is more appearance-based than character-based, though similarly, women with a receding or excessive jawline are viewed as too weak or too dominant.


How A Chin Reduction Works:


Genioplasty is performed under local anesthesia, so the patient is not conscious for the procedure. An incision is then made along the lower gumlines inside of the mouth or underneath the chin. This will depend on the extent of the operation and the desired result of the patient. After the incision is made, the muscle is detached from the chinbone.


Specialized instruments are then used to shave and contour the jawline and chin. After the jaw region is reshaped, the tip of the chin is repositioned and reattached to the remaining area with plates and wires.


Genioplasty surgery typically lasts anywhere from 1 hour to 1.5 hours, depending on the extent of the procedure. Often times this surgery is paired with other procedures, extending the operation time significantly. After the surgery, the wound is sealed with sutures or staples and a bandage is secured around the head.


What To Expect During Recovery:


After genioplasty (chin reduction surgery), the patient will experience a moderate amount of pain. Additionally, stiffness, swelling, bruising, numbness, and redness are also common sensations during recovery, although the redness and bruising will dissipate within the next two-to-three weeks. The numbness and swelling diminish much more slowly and may take several months to fully subside.


During the first few days, jaw movements should be kept to a minimum and the patient should stick to a soft food and liquid-based diet.

Recovery times will vary, but most patients are able to return to work after a week.


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