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Dr. Michael Morrissette
2749 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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(Chin Surgery) in Ventura County

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Chin surgery can make a big difference in your overall facial appearance, especially when viewed from the profile. Many people have congenitally recessive profiles due to the fact that their lower face and jaw have not developed properly. This is called Retrognathia. Sometimes these recessive jaw problems (the opposite can happen as well, with a protruding jaw) are genetically related. 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. 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 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 surgeries 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 excessive (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. 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. The results can offer a dramatic improvement in the face, when viewed from the profile.

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 processes and procedures, including how we use anesthetics in surgery, are performed correctly.

Chin Augmentation: Determining Your Candidacy

Genioplasty is the procedure most commonly used for chin repositioning and to correct receding chins, misshaped or misaligned chins, or excessive chin length. To be a candidate for this type of surgery, the following criteria will be evaluated:

  • Patient is in a good general 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

This surgery can resolve issues that are of great concern to many people. When a person has a small or receding chin, it can make the nose look longer and the entire facial appearance look unbalanced and less attractive. A Genioplasty can be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures, including facial liposuction to remove excess fat that may be impacting appearance, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), neck lift, or other enhancing procedures. Every person has a unique facial structure, and determining how to best enhance it must be done through a careful evaluation of what procedures will create the most attractive and natural looking outcome.

Recovery and Healing After Genioplasty

Your procedure will be performed under IV sedation so you don't feel any discomfort. Upon completion of the surgery, there are specific steps for recovery and healing that must be carefully followed. Ensure you have someone to help you, including someone to drive you home from our surgery center. The most important part of healing after facial surgery is rest. 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, but the results are dramatic and immediately noticeable. In most cases, patients return to work in 1 week.

An Accredited Out-Patient Surgery Center

We have one of the few out-patient surgical centers in the area that has achieved accreditation from the Institute for Medical Quality, which is one of only four agencies currently approved by the California Medical Board for accreditation. The agency evaluated our ability to provide safe and reliable anesthesia to our patients, as well as all of 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 structure to help you to create a more balanced appearance to your face.

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.

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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