Genioplasty simply means shaping of the chin..
Facial esthetics is based on proportions and a balance between the forehead nose and chin such as the 'Rule of thirds'‘.
The chin therefore plays an important part in the facial equation. Therefore a weak chin – retrognathia as well as too prominent a chin either too long or too forward - prognathism, could negatively affect the appearance of a face. Genioplasty can be an adjunctive procedure and can often accompany a rhinoplasty or a nose job.
Chin augmentation can be done using an USDA approved implant, usually made of medical grade silicone or ‘goretex’ – PTFE. These can be placed over the chin point introrally, preferred – no visible scars or through a facial approach under the chin region. The resultant scar in the mentum area is small and fades with time. While one has to be on a soft or semi solid diet with the introral approach dietary restrictions are less rigid with the facial approach. A facial dressing will be in place for a period of 7 days to position the implant.
Chin Augmentation can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. An incision is made on the back of the ear in the crease and the cartilage is exposed. The cartilage is modified (excised or reshaped) depending on the preop plan. The angle between the ear and the head is reduced and permanent stitches are used to retain the ear in the new position. The incision is closed with stitches under the skin and a fluffy cotton dressing is done. Bandage is placed on the ear to help in healing. The procedure takes only a couple of hours.
Augmentation can also be done by sliding your bony chin along with adding or subtracting bone from the chin region to either increase or decrease the facial height. The bony parts are secured with titanium plates and screws.
Medications post operatively will include a short course of antibiotics and pain pills as and when needed.
Preoperatively cessation of smoking and use of alcohol recommended for 2 – 3 weeks.
Postoperatively must follow the same as well as avoid any strenuous activity, gym workout and any contact sports for a period of 4 weeks.
The standard risks of surgery not limited to and including bleeding, bruising, numbness of lip and chin region (temporary or transient), post – op pain and swelling is to be expected.
Choice of anesthesia include local with or without sedation or general anesthesia.
The end result would be a more pleasing and well balanced facial look and will most certainly bolster your self esteem as well. This procedure is often part of a corporate makeover for CEO 's, CFO's or anyone seeking a position of power and authority, Schedule a personal and discreet appointment today to see if this procedure will benefit you.
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