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Houston Cranio Facial

Genioplasty and Chin Augmentation

What is genioplasty?

Genioplasty, more commonly known as chin surgery, is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the chin, which also affects the jawline and profile as a whole. Chin surgery is often performed as a cosmetic enhancement, but it can also be used to correct certain functional issues that may develop as a result of a congenital disorder or traumatic injury. Dr. Eric Payne, our extensively trained craniofacial plastic surgeon, utilizes the most advanced chin augmentation techniques available to achieve natural-looking results.

What are the benefits of a chin augmentation?

Depending on your aesthetic goals, chin surgery and augmentation offer a number of benefits. Each patient can experience different advantages based on their treatment plan and desired outcome. Some of the ways genioplasty can alter the chin include:

  • Moving the chin forward or back
  • Adjusting the chin from side-to-side
  • Creating a longer or shorter chin through vertical movement
  • Improving symmetry

A recessed chin, over-projected chin, and asymmetry are quite common, but patients do not have to live with these issues if it makes them uncomfortable, self-conscious, or causes other psychological or physical problems. Chin surgery may offer a solution that can alleviate your concerns and provide greater harmony between your facial features.

How is chin surgery performed?

Chin surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure or in combination with other techniques, such as jaw surgery or rhinoplasty nose surgery, to achieve the optimal outcome. If your chin concerns are related to a birth defect or disorder, Dr. Payne will review his recommended approach during your first appointment. Two of the most common methods for cosmetic chin surgery are sliding genioplasty and chin implants.

Sliding Genioplasty

Also called osseous genioplasty, this technique involves cutting the chin bone to move it forward. This approach allows for greater advancement of the chin and jawbone than chin implants (greater than 10 millimeters, or 1 centimeter), and it also makes it possible to address asymmetry that occurs in all three dimensions. Therefore, most complex chin surgeries will be performed as genioplasties rather than addressed with chin implants. If you have an over-projected chin, this method may also be recommended to reduce the size of the chin or slide it backwards to balance the appearance of your facial features.

Chin Implants

Chin implants can be a great option for patients who want chin advancement of less than seven to nine millimeters. The incision is made under the chin to reduce the risk of complications, and most patients heal very well and find the scar to be quite unnoticeable. The chin implants used are two-piece contoured appliances that are held in place using two to four screws that are attached to the jawbone. While some physicians complete chin implant surgery in their offices, Dr. Payne performs this procedure in a surgical suite or hospital environment to provide the safest experience possible.

How long is recovery following chin surgery?

The procedure time will vary depending on the technique used, but augmentations, reductions, and implantations typically take between 45 minutes and 2 hours. Most patients can return home the same day as the surgery, and they will be required to follow a soft-food diet initially. Some bruising, swelling, and soreness is to be expected, but your comfort is our highest priority and we will provide prescription medication to manage your pain. Patients should be able to return to work and normal activities after one to two weeks, although your experience may vary. Dr. Payne and our entire medical team are here to help you heal as quickly and as successfully as possible, and we will monitor you throughout the process.

How much does chin surgery cost?

The price of chin surgery will depend on several factors unique to you and your treatment plan. At our practice, the surgery can range from about $4,000 to $7,000. Some of the considerations that go into pricing include the technique used, the complexity of your operation, and whether medical insurance will cover part of the cost. If chin surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons alone, medical insurance will not cover any fees, and we can help you find plastic surgery financing if desired. During your initial consultation, we will review your program in full, including the cost of your procedure, so that you are well-informed in advance. We welcome your questions and are pleased to help you at every stage.