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Cosmetic Chin Surgery

Cosmetic Chin Surgery Basics

Also known as mentoplasty, genioplasty, and chinplasty, cosmetic chin surgery is a set of procedures which is designed to alter the size and shape of the chin. This allows the surgeon to bring a patient's chin into a greater level of harmony with the rest of the face. This surgery is ideal for people who feel that their chin is either too prominent or two week.

Having an attractively shaped chin is a very important factor in determining how beautiful or handsome your face is. A weak chin can make the neck appear overly fleshy, and it can contribute to the appearance of a double chin. People tend to associate a strong, well-shaped chin with a strong and competent character. People with well-shaped chins are seen as achievers, as movers and shakers. Some studies have even suggested that people with strong chins tend to do better in business.

On the other hand, having too prominent of a chin can also be problematic. When a person's chin dwarfs the rest of his or her face, it leads to an unnatural and disproportionate appearance.

While cosmetic chin surgery certainly isn't the most popular form of facial surgery, there are nonetheless sizable numbers of people who undergo this surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 12,077 American patients underwent mentoplasty in 2010.

Cosmetic chin surgery prices vary greatly. Depending on the specifics of your surgery, it could cost you as little as $4,000 or as much as $10,000.

Cosmetic chin surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, although some patients need an overnight stay in a hospital after their surgery. The operation can be performed in a hospital or at another type of surgical center. Depending on the patient's unique circumstances and on the surgeon's preferences, the surgery may be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Sedation may also be used.

The surgery typically takes between one and two hours to perform. Patients usually need to take about a week off from work. Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first period after the surgery, and it is not recommended that patients exercise until about a month after the surgery.

Patients will typically have to wear a protective garment or dressing immediately after the surgery. Some amount of pain or discomfort is common, as is some amount of numbness. Bruising, tightness, and swelling are also very common.

The results are usually permanent, provided that the bones and implants do not shift. It is very important that patients protect their chins until the recovery process is complete. Cosmetic chin surgery is usually not covered by insurance unless it is a part of reconstructive surgery after facial trauma.

Types of Cosmetic Chin Surgery

Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is one of the more common types of chin surgery, and it is particularly popular among men. Chin augmentation is performed by inserting implants into the chin. These implants are available in different shapes and sizes, so that you can get exactly the chin you want. Some implants create a wider chin, and others do more to lengthen it. Your surgeon will help you to pick implants that will achieve your goals while maintaining a natural appearance for your face.

The implants used in a chin augmentation are frequently made of solid silicone, although they sometimes are made of different materials. To insert the implant, your surgeon will make a small incision, probably just under your chin, or perhaps in your mouth. The surgeon will work the implant into the correct area and then the incisions will be closed.

Sliding Genioplasty

Sliding genioplasty, also called "chin advancement," is another form of chin surgery. This one involves making a horizontal cut in the chin bone and then rotating or sliding the bone. This allows the surgeon to reduce or increase the prominence of the chin. When the bone is in the correct place, the surgeon will fix it in place using a titanium plate and screws.

During a sliding genioplasty, the incision is usually made just inside the mouth. This form of chin surgery is somewhat more complex and invasive than a chin augmentation through implants. Because it involves actually cutting through bone, it takes longer to perform for the surgeon, and it takes the patient longer to recover.

There may be a greater chance of nerve damage during a sliding genioplasty than during a chin augmentation through chin implants. However, some people like the thought of having their chin be all them, and not having foreign materials in the body.

Chin Reduction

Not everyone wants their chin to be bigger. Some people wish that their chin wasn't quite so large and attention-grabbing. For people like this, chin reduction can be a great option. Chin reduction is especially popular among women.

During a chin reduction, the surgeon will make an incision, typically either in the mouth under the lower lip, or in a relatively inconspicuous spot under the chin. The surgeon will then use an instrument like a drill to reshape the chin and remove excess bone. When the reshaping is finished, the surgeon will use wire and plates to bind the chin together into its new position.

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