How is genioplasty performed?
Mentoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis either under local or general anesthesia. The procedure generally takes 1-3 hours to perform, although it may take longer if complementary procedures, such as rhinoplasty, cheek implant surgery, or brow lift, are performed in conjunction with chin surgery.
There are several different methods that may be used to either increase or decrease the size or modify the shape of the chin. Chin surgery, or genioplasty, is performed through a small incision made either within the mouth or under the chin — once healed, the incision is virtually undetectable.
For chin implant placement, a small pocket is created into which the implant is placed. Thereafter, the implant is sutured to the bone and the incision is sutured closed.
Chin reduction surgery is performed by sculpting the jaw bone by either cutting or reshaping the bone to improve the balance between the nose and the chin or to correct aesthetic deformities.
Liposuction may be required in order to remove fatty deposits that have accumulated under the chin — facial liposuction enhances the contour of the neck and jawline and may be performed in conjunction with cosmetic chin surgery.