As a craniofacial surgeon, I educate patients on the risks and benefits of both chin implant and osseous genioplasty for chin augmentation.
Often patients are only offered an implant by other surgeons. I believe it is important for patients to understand both procedures and then decide which is best for their anatomy, goals and timeline.
Dr. Regina Rodman
A weak chin can be corrected by several methods, depending on severity and the type of movement needed. Each method has risks and benefits. Every patient comes with unique goals and needs. An in person consultation with Dr. Rodman is important for a full evaluation and to make sure your goals are met.
A chin implant can give more projection in the horizontal plane, and some are designed to give a slight vertical projection as well.
A chin that is too big or too small can create imbalance in the face. A weak chin can make the nose and/or forehead look too big. A chin that is too large can make the face look long or square. A genioplasty is the most effective way to change the chin shape and size, and bring the face into harmony.
Genioplasty, or chin surgery, is a procedure is also done through incisions in the mouth, and there are no cuts on the outside of the face. A cut is made in the bone with special instruments, and the chin bone is moved any direction needed. It may be done to reduce a chin that sticks out too much, or to pull forward a small or weak chin. In some cases, some bone may be removed to create a more dramatic reduction. In genioplasty, only the chin bone is moved and not the rest of the jaw, so the patient’s bite (the way the teeth come together) will not change.