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Chin Surgery

Genioplasty / Mentoplasty

Chin surgery, also known as genioplasty or mentoplasty, reshapes the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.

What are the steps of a chin surgery procedure?

A chin surgery procedure includes the following steps:

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

A chin surgery requires different incisions based on the technique used as well as on your surgeon's preferred approach. Some plastic surgeons work through through an incision inside the mouth, whereas other plastic surgeons perform the operation through an incision under your chin.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives or tapes close the skin incisions.

Step 4 – See the results

Your chin surgery will result in a bigger or smaller chin, depending on whether your goal was enhancement or reduction. The results of solid chin implants are permanent.



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