Genioplasty Recovery Tips – Chin & Sliding Implants Aftercare Process

Genioplasty is a medical procedure where surgery is performed on the chin.  Most commonly conducted as cosmetic surgery, people undergo this surgery for aesthetic reasons and not medical reasons.

This is why, while it is a medical procedure, it is not always covered by medical insurance. There are different ways of performing surgery, each with different complications and results.  This article will provide information on the top recovery tips.


What Is Genioplasty?

Also known as chin surgery, It is a type of procedure performed by maxillofacial and plastic surgeons.  The procedure can be conducted in different ways including an advancement where the chin is moved forward, a pushback where the chin is moved backward, a side-to-side to improve symmetry, and vertical changes for lengthening alterations.


What Are The Types of Surgery?

While there are different procedures available, there are two primary types: the chin implant and sliding genioplasty.


  1. Chin Implants

A chin implant is typically utilized to enlarge, push forward or reshape the chin.  Surgical chin augmentation involves placement of plastic chin implants into the chin and adhering it to the relevant bone.  The most common material used for this procedure is a synthetic material known as alloplastic implants.

Of course, it is also possible to obtain chin implants using non-surgical procedures.  Injecting “fillers”, such as non-synthetic body fat, one can increase the prominence of the chin without any physical surgery.


  1. Sliding Genioplasty

Unlike chin implants that are used to enhance the appearance of the chin, a sliding genioplasty procedure removes bone correcting chin deficiencies.  In this surgical procedure, the surgeon cuts chin bone away from the jaw and modifies the position of the chin.  It is also known as osseous genioplasty.

This type of genioplasty is recommended for people with severe chin deficiencies or abnormalities.  For example, a chin that is too far back in the face can be repositioned to improve symmetry using this procedure.  Moreover, sliding genioplasty can assist in correcting chins that appear too long or are too far forward.


What Is The Cost?

It is difficult to determine the cost of this procedure as it depends on the specific case.  It is important to take the following items into consideration when looking at the cost:

  • how far the jaw is being moved
  • how large the implant is
  • the type of material used for implants
  • the surgeon you are using


What Is The Aftercare Process?

  1. Chin Implants

To position chin implants, the surgeon will cut either inside the mouth or below the chin.  For the procedure to be successful, the surgeon will sculpt the implant to the correct shape, so it is ready for insertion.  The procedure often lasts between thirty minutes and three hours and is conducted in the doctor’s rooms.

After the surgery, you will often be instructed to use oral antibiotics for a couple of days.  Oral stitches are dissolving, so you do not need to return to have them removed.  You can begin to eat normally once you feel ready, but it is recommended that you use a soft-food or liquid diet during early stage.  Always rinse the mouth with salt water after the meal.


  1. Sliding Genioplasty

This procedure requires the surgeon to saw the chin bone away from the rest of the jaw.  To make the chin longer, bone is attached with a gap between the jaw and chin.  To shorten the chin, a wedge of bone is removed.

The aftercare recovery is similar to the chin implant, but there is wound dressing that needs to be removed with this procedure.  Do not exercise the chin for the first two weeks after surgery and stay away from contact sports for six weeks at least.  Any bruising or inflammation should disappear soon.  If you experience discharge, bleeding or redness, contact your doctor.

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