Chin Surgery (genioplasty) refers to cosmetic surgery that aims to improve the appearance of a person’s chin.  This includes reducing the size of the chin (if the chin is too large) or repositioning it (to correct a small or deficient chin).  A genioplasty is an invasive procedure, requiring a general anaesthetic. Depending on the type of surgery, the operation generally involves the chin bone being divided. This allows it to then slide forwards or backwards into the position planned prior to surgery.  The chin bone is then fixed in place with screws and metal plates. The results tend to be permanent, as the bone fuses into its new position. Genioplasty is not as painful as one might expect, but it does cause some discomfort that is usually worse on the second or third day following the surgery. Post-surgery swelling can last for up to two weeks or longer.

Genioplasty Recovery Time

Those who have undergone genioplasty will have different recovery times depending on the exact procedure type. Genioplasty has a recovery time of approximately two weeks. It takes time for the skin and any possible implants to adjust in the area.  Usual activities can be recommenced following recovery from surgery. The sutures (stitches) used during surgery will be absorbed by the body.

Possible complications from Genioplasty

Despite the upmost skill, care and attention during the operation, complications may arise and can provide a delicate situation to the client. There are some untoward effects associated with genioplasty including bruising and some stretching of the skin in that area. 

The known complications of genioplasty are:

  • Bleeding
  • This is an uncommon complication but requires removal of any metal work if it should occur.
  • Nerve damage resulting in a change in the feeling of the lips.
  • Facial asymmetry.
  • Damage to the nearby teeth roots could occur, requiring remedial work at the dentist.
  • Repeated surgery to the chin could affect the position of the lower lip.