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Chin surgery is one of the fastest-growing procedures, with operations rising over 60% in the last few years, outpacing breast augmentation. Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgery show that chin augmentation surgeries & procedures have climbed in all patients, including men and women and patients over 18. The largest increase appears to be in patients above the age of 40. Dr. Morrissette is a highly-skilled facial surgeon with exceptional experience and skill in chin surgery for Santa Barbara and Ventura patients.

How A Chin Surgery (Genioplasty) with Dr. Morrissette Changed This Patient's Life!

How A Genioplasty with Dr. Morrissette Changed This Patient's Life!

Meet Dr. Michael Morrisette

Dr. Morrissette is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and he brings over two decades of experience as a cosmetic, reconstructive, and trauma surgeon. His extensive experience with facial surgery, attention to detail, and significant expertise are why he is a trusted plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellence. 

Whether his patients need a more simple surgical enhancement or the most complex, Dr. Morrissette pays careful, meticulous attention to every aspect of their procedure, from consultation through to recovery. His understanding of facial balance and natural-looking outcomes allows him to develop tailored treatment plans for his patients to achieve their desired results, whether they are seeking a younger appearance or want to correct a facial flaw.

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What is a Chin Surgery?

A Chin Surgery or Genioplasty is a surgical procedure performed on the chin when the chin is deficient (retrognathic) or prominent (prognathic). An incision is made inside the mouth below the lip, so there is no scar on the skin. A segment of the chin is then moved forward or back depending on the problem.

The bony segment is then secured with a micro bone plate. When the chin is advanced, it can increase the lower facial height and create a more balanced facial appearance. Men typically want a strong masculine chin, while female patients wish for a more well-defined and contoured feminine chin.

Though we sometimes elect to advance the chin with a silicone chin implant, genioplasty surgery can increase the length and height of the chin at the same time. The chin surgery can be performed with IV sedation and is often done in conjunction with submental liposuction.

Your Ventura chin surgery will be carefully planned and executed, with every safety precaution in place. We care deeply about patient safety and have gone above and beyond ensuring our surgical protocols and procedures, including how we use anesthetics in surgery, are performed correctly.

Chin Enhancement with Dr. Michael Morrissette

Chin Enhancement with Dr. Michael Morrissette

Is Chin Surgery Right for you?

Chin surgery can make a big difference in facial appearance, especially when viewed from the profile. This surgery can make a significant difference for someone with a weak or recessive chin, called retrognathia, and for patients with too prominent a chin. 

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In addition to improving the profile, chin surgery can sometimes tighten the sagging skin in the neck and is often performed in conjunction with a facelift and rhinoplasty. To improve your profile, find out if you are a candidate for chin surgery in Santa Barbara.

A major portion of Dr. Morrissette’s practice is reconstructive facial surgery, including genioplasty. He brings an impressive level of knowledge and skill to performing his Santa Barbara chin surgery for his patients.

Chin Surgery: Determining if you are a candidate

Genioplasty is a surgical procedure commonly used for chin repositioning and to correct a receding chin, misshaped or misaligned chin, or prominent chin.

To be a candidate for this type of surgery, several criteria will be evaluated:

  • Patient is in a good state of health
  • Patient has no active diseases
  • Patients has no serious medical condition
  • Patient has no pre-existing medical problem
  • Patient has realistic expectations regarding outcome

Chin Surgery Before & After

Reduction Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)

Some people are born with a chin that is either too prominent or too recessive. Genetics plays a role in this trait. Generally, a slightly recessive chin in a female is a pleasing and feminine characteristic, while a recessive chin in a male is undesirable and not masculine. The same is true for a protrusive chin. In a female, it is a masculine feature to have a prominent chin, and yet in a male, it is very desirable to have a strong chin.

Some people are born with a chin that is either too excessive or too recessive. Genetics plays a role in this trait. In general, a slightly recessive chin in a female is a pleasing and feminine characteristic while a recessive chin in a male is undesirable and not masculine. The same is true for a protrusive chin. In a female, it is a masculine feature to have a prominent chin and yet in a male it is very desirable to have a strong chin.

Typically the treatment options for reduction genioplasty surgery includes the removal of a segment on the chin, or the shaving of bone on a prominent chin. With shaving, there is a limited amount of bone reduction that can be accomplished because the natural repair to injury by the body is to initiate bone repair. This regrowth limits the amount of reduction that can take place because the bone will remodel and grow back to its original shape.

How is a Chin Reduction Surgery Performed?

Our Ventura reduction genioplasty uses the segment removal of the chin bone technique, providing a permanent reduction to the chin prominence and offers a more convex facial profile or feminine characteristic to the face. Once the segment of bone is removed, a microplate and screws are used to secure the new bony chin to its reduced position. By removing a segment of bone, the natural shape and contour of the chin are preserved. The result of this surgery is a smaller, less prominent chin with a decrease in the soft tissue fold below the lower lip (mentolabial fold). This procedure is often used to treat a “witch’s” chin deformity.

Our Ventura Chin Surgery is performed using intravenous sedation. Recovery requires a few days to a week, depending on the amount of swelling and bruising. There is no change in biting forces so that patients can eat a regular diet the night of surgery. We also use self-dissolving sutures.

Patients can sometimes experience some temporary numbness in the lower lip, but this numbness does not affect the ability to move the lip. If you are interested in our genioplasty procedure, please call our office for a consultation today.

Patients today want to look and feel their best, and chin projection is an issue of great concern to many people. When a person has a small or receding chin, it can make their nose look larger and make the entire face look unbalanced and less attractive than it could be. Chin Surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, including facial liposuction to remove excess fat below the chin and jawline, neck lift, or other cosmetic procedures.

Contact Morrissette Facial Cosmetic to schedule your consultation for some of the best results with Chin Surgery in Santa Barbara and Ventura County.

Recovery and Healing After Chin Surgery

Your chin surgery will be performed using IV sedation and local anesthesia so you won’t feel any discomfort. Once your procedure is complete, there are specific steps for recovery and healing that must be carefully followed. Ensure that you have someone to help you, including to drive you home from our surgery center. You will be prescribed medication for any discomfort that you may experience after surgery. Post-surgically, there can be bruising and temporary numbness in the lips and chin, but the results are dramatic and immediately noticeable. In most cases, patients return to work in one week.

Costs for Chin Surgery

Every person has a unique facial structure and aesthetic goals, which require a consultation, discussion, and an examination by Dr. Morrissette before a specific cost can be determined. Chin surgery to augment your jawline has a different cost than a chin reduction procedure. The cost for chin reduction depends on your facial structure and the required length and involvement of your surgery.

Chin augmentation costs also depend on the length and complexity of your procedure. These costs include which method of augmentation is used, implants or bone restructuring. 

An Accredited Surgery Center

Your surgery will be performed in our out-patient surgery center, which is accredited with the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ), which is one of only four agencies approved by the California Medical Board. IMQ frequently re-evaluates our ability to provide safe and reliable general and IV anesthesia to our patients, as well as all our procedures and policies for surgical treatment and care. You will be safe when undergoing chin surgery at our practice, and you can trust Dr. Morrissette’s artistry and understanding of facial structures to help provide you with a more balanced facial appearance.

Call us today about a consultation about your chin surgery if you live in the Camarillo, Oxnard, or Ventura areas, or other community in Ventura County or beyond.

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Your first step...

Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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