Genioplasty, i.e. surgical correction of an excessively receded or protruding chin, can significantly improve the aesthetics of the lower face, making it look harmonious. This procedure is often combined with other surgeries, such as mandible contouring or liposuction of the submental region. It must be noted that genioplasty cannot be used as means to correct malocclusion. An alternative for this procedure is chin augmentation using alloplastic implants.
Genioplasty consists in mobilisation and, subsequently, shifting of the lower fragment of the mandible to improve the
proportions of the lower face. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, using the transoral approach and, thus, leaving no po-postoperative scars on the face.
To improve the appearance of the receded chin, it is also possible to use silicone or porous polyethylene (Medpor) implants. They are inserted using the transoral approach, leaving no noticeable scars on the face. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
There is no universal answer to the question of selection of the best method. Research shows that both methods give similar
aesthetic results. On the other hand, implantation procedures bear a higher risk of their dislocation and infection.
During the consultation, I always discuss every available treatment option in detail. Method selection is always at the patient's discretion. I always recommend genioplasty which does not bear the risk related to use of alloplastic material.
After the surgery, the patient remains under care of qualified medical personnel. In case of no contraindications, the patient is discharged from the clinic with post-operative recommendations on the next day.
Post-operative pain ailments are mild and can be treated with OTC pain relievers. The area operated on may be swollen for
several weeks after the procedure. The swelling can be reduced using the recommended cold compresses. In the case of chin
liposuction, use of a special compressive band for 6 weeks is recommended.
Returning to cardio type sport activity is possible already after 2 weeks. All contact sports, characterised with risk of injury to the area operated on, must be avoided for 6 weeks.
Returning to professional activity is recommended after at least 2 weeks.