Chin implant surgery, also known as genioplasty, changes the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin, add prominence to cheekbones, or reshape the jawline. Many nose surgery patients also opt for chin surgery to help maintain proportion to the face as a whole.
Ranging in duration from 30 minutes to 2 hours, chin surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general or local anesthetic (though some patients may require an overnight hospital stay). As with any surgical procedure, genioplasty can involve certain risks, such as shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, which may require a second operation or removal. Hard, tight scar tissue (capsular contracture) can also develop around chin implants, causing unnatural shape.
The results of chin surgery are permanent. Patients can return to work after about 1 week following surgery, and most regain a normal appearance within 2 to 4 weeks. Patients will need to avoid any activity that could jar or bump face, however, for 6 weeks or more. Temporary side effects during recovery can include discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and/or stiffness, or difficulty fully opening the mouth for several weeks. If you’re considering chin surgery, contact Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery to set up a consultation!