Instead of a chin implant for chin augmentation, a patient may wish to consider an option not involving an implant. This procedure involves cutting and moving the chin bone in a new position. Osseous genioplasty creates facial harmony by restoring the proper balance between other facial features as well as the neckline.
Candidates seek to improve their chin profile in relation to their other facial features. If a weak chin creates a poorly defined chin-neck profile or if the weak chin is out of proportion with other facial features, such as the nose, you may be a candidate for osseous genioplasty surgery.
The procedure begins with an incision in the mouth. Access to the chin bone is obtained and a cut in the bone is made to move the chin bone forward. The new position of the chin bone is then held in place with titanium plates and screws. Once the new bone position is secured the incision is closed.
A soft diet is recommended for 2 weeks following the procedure to allow for adequate healing.
Patients often have other procedures at the same time as their osseous genioplasty surgery.