Chin Reduction Surgery: Show Off Your Softer Side!

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | March 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

When it comes to facial harmony, balance is a very delicate aspect. Despite the flawless images that infiltrate our newsfeeds, most people have at least one feature that is disproportionate to their overall facial structure. And though many of these quirky traits add charm and character, some are not as favorable as others. These traits are not only ones that affect them internally though. Sadly, our appearance impacts how the world and society views us, as well.

As unfair as these assumptions are, it is difficult to breakdown these established, instinctual biases. One of the major regions that plays a role in how the world perceives you and your capabilities is the chin and jawline. Those with receding chins often are viewed as having weaker character and possessing less leadership potential. Those with too strong of a jawline, on the other hand, can be viewed as too aggressive, threatening and unapproachable. This leaves people in quite a predicament - a predicament that is leading many to seek Genioplasty (chin surgery).

Genioplasty - What To Expect From A Chin Reduction:

The procedure is conducted under general anesthesia. Then an incision is made either inside of the mouth along the lower gumline or under the chin. After the incision is made, the muscle is detached from the bone of the chin and specialized tool are used to shave down the bone and reshape the contour of the face. After the jaw area is reshaped, the tip of the chin is repositioned and fused with the remaining portion using wires and plates.

The length of the procedure ranges between 1 hour and 1.5 hours, varying depending on the extent of the surgery and whether there were combination surgeries included. The wound is then sealed with sutures and staples, and a bandage is fastened around the face.

Chin Reduction Recovery:

During the recovery period, patients will experience a moderate amount of discomfort, along with tightness and stiffness in the jaw region. The first couple of weeks, bruising and redness will be visible, but dissipate shortly. Numbness and swelling will diminish over a more extended period of time, possibly lasting as long as a few months after the procedure.

Initially, chewing  and talking will be difficult. Jaw movements should be kept to a minimum and the patient will be restricted to a liquid and soft food diet for the first few days.

Patients are able to return to work in a week, but may wish to extend their recovery time longer depending on how quickly they heal.