The Genioplasty is carried out under general anaesthesia and involves incisions being made in the mouth so there is no visible scarring. X-rays will allow surgeons to check lower teeth roots and calculate the exact amount of reshaping needed.
The surgical team access the lower jaw bone and chin and perform a controlled break so it can be cut and manipulated into a new, improved position. Small metal plates and screws hold the revised bone structure in place.
The procedure takes around 90 minutes, depending on its complexity, and recovery times are rapid providing good after-care protocol is followed. Pain and discomfort subside after a week and patients can go back to their normal daily activities after that, although sporting activities are not advised for a few months.
The goal is to create a natural looking chin but the final results may take six weeks or more to be achieved.
A misaligned chin can cause significant psychological concerns, particularly in adolescents and young people. Pre-operative consultations are important as they allow discussion of the final aesthetics. The operation is highly effective and returning the chin to a symmetry to restore self-confidence and improve function.