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 procedures have climbed in all patients, including men and women and patients over the age of 18. The largest increase appears to be in patients above the age of 40.
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 of a chin as well. 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. Dr. Morrissette is a highly-skilled facial surgeon, with exceptional experience and skill in the area of chin surgery.
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 chin surgery for his patients.
Genioplasty: Resolving a Small or Receding Chin
Genioplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed on the chin when the chin is deficient (retrognathic) or prominent (prognathic). The procedure is performed from an incision inside the mouth below the lip and there is no scar in 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 want 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 surgery can be performed with IV sedation and is often done in conjunction with submental liposuction.
Your 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.
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 include 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.
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 micro plate 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 is 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 “witches” chin deformity.
Our Ventura genioplasty is completely performed in office 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 patients can eat a normal 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. Genioplasty can be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures, including facial liposuction to remove excess fat below the chin and jawline, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), neck lift, or other cosmetic procedures. Every patient has a unique facial structure, and determining how to best enhance it must be done through a careful evaluation of you, and what procedures will create the most attractive, natural looking outcome.
Recovery and Healing After Genioplasty
Your surgery will be performed using IV sedation and local anesthesia so you won’t feel any discomfort. Upon completion of the surgery, 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.
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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