Chin surgery or genioplasty is more commonly known as chin augmentation. This surgical procedure is done to correct receding chin, chin misalignment or chin excess. It can be done in two ways, either by inserting a chin implant or by reshaping or moving the chin bones. Before under going surgery, you may have to take x-rays of your face . After analyzing the x-ray, the doctor will plan the surgical procedure. In some patients there may be a need to correct the chin bone and in some case just to put an implant. In such cases, the procedure will be as follows
You will be given general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision inside the mouth along the lower gum. Through this, the surgeon can access the chin bone, and using a chisel or a bone saw, the surgeon will make cuts through the jaw bone, then chin bone will be moved as planed and fixed using mini plates and screws. The incision will be closed with sutures. This procedure may take 1 to 3 hours. . After the surgery, you may feel discomfort and soreness. It will be taken care by using medications. Numbness of the chin may last for up to 3 months in some cases. Within 7-10 days, you will be able to return to usual activities.