Chin enhancements have risen in popularity since the pandemic. As video calls became the norm to stay in touch, many people became more aware of their imperfections. The way the chin looks has a direct impact on how the rest of your features appear. This in turn can cause issues with confidence and self-esteem. For those concerned about how their chin looks, there are ways to correct its appearance. Genioplasty is a type of chin surgery that can reshape your chin, and it can provide particularly effective results.
Read on to learn more about this popular procedure and whether it is right for you.
What is a genioplasty?
A genioplasty is a type of chin surgery that aims to reshape your chin. It is an invasive procedure that repositions the bone, securing it into its new position with a metal plate if needed. The surgery is carried out through an incision inside the lower lip, ensuring no visible scarring is left behind.
How is genioplasty different from implants?
Genioplasty is used to achieve a different outcome to implants. With implant surgery, it addresses volume by inserting an implant into the chin. Genioplasty, on the other hand, focuses on changing the position and shape of the chin.
In a genioplasty, the surgeon can move the chin backwards or forwards. If it is currently asymmetrical, they can move it a little to either side. Additionally, the procedure can be used to make the chin longer or shorter.
In some cases, genioplasty and implants can be used together to achieve the best results. It can also be combined with a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) to maximise results, and to achieve a more balanced face.
What kind of results can I expect?
Genioplasty delivers excellent results. Most patients are more than satisfied with the chin’s appearance after the surgery. While results will obviously differ between patients, generally they are significant and long-lasting.
You won’t need to undergo additional procedures to maintain the results. As the bone is repositioned, it permanently alters the chin’s appearance.
How long will it take to recover from a genioplasty?
Following genioplasty surgery, you can expect to get back to normal activities within a week, but it is advisable to take at least 2 weeks from work and you can expect to be fully recovered after a month.
After the surgery, you may feel some discomfort for a few days. Painkillers can be prescribed to help manage any pain. It is important to sleep on your back with your head elevated for around two weeks. This will prevent any pressure from being placed onto the chin while it heals.
A genioplasty can be a highly effective procedure for helping to reshape your chin and can help you achieve more facial balance. To find out if you are a suitable candidate, book a consultation with Mr Horlock today.