Chin surgery, or genioplasty, is more commonly known as chin repositioning.
The University of Michigan is a nationally recognized leader in reconstructive surgery. Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons and medical specialists guides our patients through every step of the chin surgery process to ensure the best results possible.
Is Chin Surgery (Genioplasty) Right for You?
Chin surgery/genioplasty corrects receding chins, chin misalignment or chin excess. If you are concerned with the position, shape or contour of your chin, chin surgery may be a good option for you to consider.
Genioplasty is a commonly performed plastic surgery procedure.
Genioplasty is best for patients who are otherwise in good health, without active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions.
Genioplasty can be effective for patients with a small or receding chin. A chin that seems too small in proportion to other facial features can make the nose appear overly long. Plastic surgeons frequently use chin implants to balance the features of a younger patient or may use genioplasty in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure in a more mature patient.
About the Procedure
Reshaping the chin can be accomplished either by using chin implants or by repositioning the bone supporting the chin.
Many types of implants are available, manufactured from a variety of materials, including silicone or other substances. There is no available evidence to suspect that silicone implants cause any disease. Your surgeon will consult with you and discuss recommendations for the type of implant to use.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision inside the lower lip or under the chin. The surgeon then repositions the chin bone or places an implant through this incision.
Options to Enhance the Procedure
Genioplasty is frequently combined with liposuction of the neck, nose surgery (rhinoplasty), a neck lift or laser skin resurfacing. View all of our plastic surgery procedures.
If you’re interested in chin surgery/genioplasty, we’ll first have you come for a personal consultation with your plastic surgeon. You will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you'd like to achieve. Your surgeon will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure and the long-term benefits. Every patient is different, and your surgeon will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you. During your initial consultation, you should expect to:
- Provide a complete medical history. Include information about any previous surgical procedures; past and present medical conditions; and all medications or herbal supplements you are taking.
- Have your surgeon conduct a complete examination of your face, including the skin and underlying bone.
- Discuss possible risks and complications.
- An X-ray may be necessary to determine the proper procedure for you.
Preparing for Your Surgery
After your consultation and decisions about surgery, we will give you pre-operative information that explains everything you should do and know before your procedure. Your surgical team will instruct you on how to prepare. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery. You may also want to make arrangements for someone to help you for a day or two while you heal.
You'll remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure. In most cases, we use general anesthetic so that you will sleep throughout the procedure. Local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is also an option for some patients.
It’s very important that you follow your surgeon's instructions. This will promote healing and improve progress towards your new physical appearance. Also, it is important that you attend all follow-up appointments so that your surgeon can assess your long-term results and answer any questions or concerns.
Your procedure will take place in the University of Michigan Hospitals state-of-the-art surgical suites and recovery areas. Most chin surgery/genioplasty procedures are outpatient procedures.
We conduct all pre-operative and post-operative visits at Domino’s Farms where our patients enjoy personalized care in a private office atmosphere.