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
Genioplasty and neck lipo
Dr. Rodman performed a Genioplasty (advancement of the chin bone and tissues) and neck lipo on me I couldn’t recommend her enough. She listened to me for hours, walked me through all my options and balanced out my facial features out perfectly. It was one of the best decisions I ever made to not only finally fix something that had bothered me for years, but also helped my snoring that used to wake me up and probably my neighbors. I couldn’t recommend her enough!
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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.
Chin & Jaw Reduction
Chin Augmentation with Genioplasty
An augmentation genioplasty is done to move the chin forward. A genioplasty has several advantages over a chin implant. First, the patient’s own bone is moved without a foreign body (the implant). It is held in place with small titanium plates that are completely inert and safe for metal detectors and MRI. Moving the bone forward is the biggest potential movement and generally appears the most natural, since it is the patient’s own tissues. The forward movement also stretches the soft tissue under and behind the chin. This can help reduce a “double chin” and create an elongated curvature in the submental area. The base of the tongue attaches to the backside of the chin bone. Bringing the chin forward pulls these muscles forward as well. This can help reduce snoring and sleep apnea in patients who have a crowding in the back of the throat. Reduction is snoring and sleep apnea is a health benefit that comes along with the improved aesthetic appearance.
A weak chin can be corrected by several methods including genioplasty, chin implant and orthognathic surgery. The best choice for each patient depends on the 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.
An advancement genioplasty, where the chin is brought forward, is often done with a rhinoplasty. Because the chin and the nose are the two things that stick out the most from the face, a strong chin helps balance the appearance of the nose and creates harmony across the facial features. These two procedures are safe to be performed at the same time.
Your Osseous Genioplasty will be performed in Dr. Regina Rodman‘s surgery center located in Houston, TX
While the chin can be made larger in several ways, a reduction genioplasty is the only way to make it smaller. A reduction genioplasty is done to reduce the chin for patients who feel their chin is too big. The chin can be moved backward, or Dr. Rodman can make it smaller and more narrow, or both. For patients with a square chin, a T osteotomy genioplasty is done. In this procedure, a strip of bone is removed, which creates a significant reduction in the size. A more narrow chin makes the lower face appear tapered and more feminine.
Reduction genioplasty is frequently performed with V line surgery. In V-line surgery, the mandibular angles (jaw bone) are contoured to create a shape where the entire lower face tapersinto a shape that resembles the letter V. V line surgery narrows the angles of the jaw, and the genioplasty narrows and the chin. This contouring can produce a dramatic result which makes the lower face appear softer and more delicate.