can be done for the chin?
The chin can be made larger
or smaller, or more shapely, and a cleft or dimple
can be created. A double chin can be removed and
loose skin tightened, resulting in a straighter jaw
and under chin line.
is chin surgery done?
The incision may be in the
mouth under the lower lip or in the skin under the
chin. It can be enlarged or lifted by repositioning
the bone or soft tissue. The area under the chin is
lifted by removing fat, trimming muscle and
tightening the skin. An implant of Teflon or
silicone is often used to achieve the desired shape.
often is chin surgery done?
It is a planned part of about
half of the face-lift operations and one out of four
often have there been problems with the implants in
Fewer than one in ten surgeries of over a thousand
we have done in the past thirty years have had
serious problems such as rejection or infection.
There may be some numbness of the chin for a while
on one or both sides. There may be some asymmetry of
the appearance or of the feel of the chin, but this
is usually correctable, or the problem corrects
itself if it is due to swelling.
There is also some interference with speech for a
while after surgery, especially if the change in the
chin is very great. This can be demonstrated by
holding the lower lip while you try to talk. The
effect is usually not that great, but this gives you
some idea of what to expect.
this require changing the occlusion or bite,
repositioning the teeth, wiring the jaws, or major
No. Most cosmetic changes to
the chin can be made in less than one hour of
surgery, with a week or more of recovery, and do not
require major dental work. Major dental/orthodontic
work is necessary only to change the way the teeth
meet together. Some persons may need both types of
would I know if I might benefit in appearance from
something being done to my chin or under chin area?
The person considering an
alteration in the shape of the chin and jaw line can
see what can be done via drawings made on their
photographs. This is routinely done in our office
for each person considering these possibilities.