Chin Reduction Surgery
When the size of the chin is too large, it affects the harmony of your facial features, and can make you feel quite self-conscious about your appearance
The size of the chin has a large impact on the appearance of the face, helping to balance the features. It is the defining feature of the lower face and one which many people are not entirely happy with.
However, although Chin Augmentation is relatively well-known, many people are not aware that Chin Reduction is also a possibility.
There are various different surgical procedures that can modify the chin and jaw line, making the chin less prominent, altering its angles and reducing its projection.
Chin Reduction is frequently combined with Rhinoplasty, as after the chin has been reduced in size, a previously acceptable nose may appear oversized.
While Chin Augmentation is more typically requested by men, a reduction is a much more commonly requested cosmetic procedure among females. Modern Chin Reduction techniques are capable of reducing the length, width and prominence of the chin, along with reshaping the chin to make it less pointy, or less square.
Having Chin Reduction Surgery will not change your life, or solve all of your problems, but it can frequently help you to increase your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially if you have been teased about your chin in the past, and it makes you feel self-conscious.
Am I a suitable candidate for Chin Reduction Surgery?
If your chin is more prominent than you would like, whether it is because it is too large, or has too much projection, then it is possible that you may benefit from surgery.
However, with Chin Reduction surgery, it is critically important for you to consider the chin within the context of other facial features.
Modifying the chin can make other facial features appear larger or smaller, by comparison. This applies most to the nose, which is why Chin Reduction is often combined with Rhinoplasty, as a nose that previously did not seem particularly large can appear bigger in contrast to your newly-reduced chin.
Similarly, a reduced chin can make the distance between the nose and mouth become more pronounced.
If you are thinking about getting a Chin Reduction, you will find it helpful to speak to a specialist in this area as soon as possible, to find out what sort of results you can expect from the procedure, and whether or not a Chin Reduction will necessitate further procedures in order to maintain facial balance.
What are the benefits?
Reduction Surgery can very much improve a person’s self-esteem, transforming their appearance, particularly their profile.
A large chin, especially on women, can look very masculine, and can have an adverse impact on what may be otherwise very attractive appearance. Many people report having been teased about their chin, and in some cases can make them quite withdrawn.
Whether the chin is too broad, too long, too pointed or too square, it can be rectified.
Although a large chin on men is not regarded as quite so undesirable on men, there can be a point where the size starts to bother them as well. Although a large chin is often thought to signify strength and masculinity, in the extreme it can look rather aggressive, so some men do opt for Chin Reduction.
Can Reduction help me to lose my Double Chin?
This surgery is not intended to affect a double-chin, and deals with the bone, rather than fatty deposits in the chin area. Chin Liposuction is an option that may be combined with Chin Reduction, but it is a separate procedure. You can read more about it in “How to Get Rid of a Double Chin”.
How is the surgery performed?
Different methods of Chin Reduction Surgery are available with different aesthetic outcomes, so you should discuss your goals with your Chin Reduction surgeon to decide which technique is right for your individual case.
As you may expect, reduction surgery is a little more involved than Chin Augmentation, as in all cases of Chin Reduction some of the bone from your chin will be reshaped or removed.
Also, sometimes surrounding soft tissues must be removed from the bone, and then reattached, and the muscle and tissues tightened, making it a more complicated procedure.
The procedure can take up to four hours, depending on the amount of work required.
Chin Reduction is capable of reducing broad chins or over-long chins, as well as altering the general profile by making the chin jut out less.
The two most common methods of Chin Reduction are Reduction Mentoplasty and Sliding Genioplasty.
Reduction Mentoplasty is performed by the use of a burr to reshape the bone. Incisions are usually made to the inside of the mouth, under the bottom lip, or sometimes sub-mentally, from underneath the chin, a fairly discreet position, where the neck meets the chin.
In some instances, although it may sound counter-intuitive, a small implant may be used at the tip of the chin. This is most typically used when the patient has a rather square, lantern jaw, so some bone may be removed to decrease the angularity, and the implant may be then used to create a more feminine point to the chin.
Sliding Genioplasty is a procedure where the jaw itself is repositioned. Usually a small piece of bone is removed, bone reshaping is performed, before the jaw is moved into, and secured into, its new position.
Sliding Genioplasty is an option, but it is known for having a higher rate of complications, so it is better to only consider it once it has been decided that Reduction Mentoplasty will not be an appropriate solution. The incisions are more extensive, and it can create functional problems that are very difficult to undo.
How do I go about finding a good surgeon?
Your Chin Reduction surgeon should first and foremost be a specialist in this area. There are some cosmetic surgeons with a “have a go” attitude. Their area of expertise may be Breast Implants, for instance, but they may not have achieved many good results with facial surgery.
Your first step in finding a good surgeon should be to look at the Before-And-After photos that any good surgeon will have. You should not be embarrassed to ask to see these, as any competent practitioner will be only too proud of his successes.
It is also not difficult to search online to find reviews of a particular surgeon or clinic. As a patient, you owe it to yourself to make sure that your health comes first, so you should always take this stage seriously, and do as much research as you can.
Remember, also, that Facial Cosmetic Surgery is as much art as it is science. All the certification in the world is not important if your surgeon does not have the eye and the instincts that will create your ideal facial balance.
What are the risks I should know about?
The primary risks associated with Chin Reduction surgery are an adverse reaction to anaesthesia, infection, nerve damage and excessive bleeding. These, and other risks will need to be discussed fully with your chin reduction surgeon.
Additionally, it is important to be aware that cosmetic surgeries do not always produce the desired results. Realistic expectations are a must; unsatisfactory results are a possibility.
Chin Reduction is a far less common procedure than Chin Augmentation, and as a result it is likely that you will find it more difficult to find a surgeon competent to perform it in your area.
However, it is essential that you take the time to find the best surgeon that your budget can manage. Finding a cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience in this specific area can go a long way towards minimizing the risks, while increasing the probability that you will be delighted with the results of your surgery.
Following your surgeon’s advice and instructions both before and after the operation can also help to make sure that no unnecessary complications occur.
How long will it take me to recover after surgery?
For the first two weeks or so after surgery, you must expect swelling, discomfort and significant bruising. You will need to take a week or two weeks off work, and you will feel discomfort when talking, yawning or doing anything that involves movement of the jaw.
You will also require a light, soft food diet, partly because chewing will be uncomfortable, but also because if the incisions were made to the inside of the mouth, chewing can prevent the wounds from healing, and can cause infection.
Dissolvable sutures will usually be used, and these will take care of themselves. If the non-dissolvable type have been used, they will be removed at around ten days.
Strenuous activity should be avoided for up to six weeks, by which time your recovery should be fully complete. Any scarring will take substantially longer to heal.
The actual results will not be apparent immediately, and the swelling that inevitably accompanies this kind of surgery will often make the chin appear the same size, or even larger, than it was before surgery. Rest assured, the swelling will subside, usually after a month, although it may take up to two months.
How much does Chin Reduction Surgery cost?
Chin Reduction should cost in the region of $6,000 to $7,000 in the US. Prices in most other countries are more affordable, and in the UK it should be 10-15% cheaper.
Many countries in Europe, South and Central America, and Asia are considerably more affordable, and many patients opt to travel abroad for treatment, to take advantage of the lower prices, a practice often described by the media as Medical Tourism.
These lower prices should not be considered an indication of the quality of care and treatment you will receive; they are simply a reflection of the comparatively lower wages and infrastructure costs in other countries compared to the US.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery abroad, you should still take care to do all of the normal research you would do for a surgeon or clinic in the US.