Sliding Genioplasty is a radical method of modifying the chin and jaw-line by actually moving the lower jaw bone vertically or horizontally, and can be used to augment or reduce the chin.
While most commonly patients identify their eyes, noses and skin as areas that they feel could benefit from some improvement, the chin is often overlooked as a feature that helps to create balance for the facial features.
Sliding Genioplasty is one method of modifying the chin and jaw-line, to bring it closer to your aesthetic ideal.
While the chin may be most simply thought of as “too large” or “too small”, there are other factors which affect our appearance. These include the actual shape of the chin, which may be considered too square, or too pointed. The chin can also be excessively broad, or excessively high, or it may be felt to “recede” (a weak chin), or protrude in an exaggerated manner.
An excessively small, or “weak” chin can make other facial features appear oversized. It can make the nose seem very prominent, and make it appear as though the lips stick out more than they should.
Genioplasty techniques can provide a way of correcting some, but not all of these defects, so if you are concerned about the shape of your jaw, your first step will be a consultation with a specialist in maxillofacial surgery, who will be able to explain what is possible, how it will best be achieved, what are the risks, and what costs you can expect.
What is the difference between Genioplasty and Mentoplasty?
Confusingly, the terms Genioplasty and Mentoplasty are often used interchangeably, but it is more helpful to the patient to think of Mentoplasty as being chin remodelling surgery using implants or reduction techniques, and to use the term Genioplasty to imply modification and repositioning of the jaw line, by what is medically known as osseous movement.
Many cosmetic surgeons use the term “Genioplasty” to describe augmentation with implants, as it is a term that some of their patients use. However, they may be unqualified, unwilling, or both, to perform the Sliding Genioplasty procedure.
Am I a suitable candidate for Sliding Genioplasty?
If you feel insecure or unhappy about the size of your chin, it is possible that you may benefit from some kind of chin remodelling surgery.
However, before you rush into this kind of surgery, it is essential that you weigh up your options. There are surgical, and also non-surgical alternatives to Sliding Genioplasty to augment the chin.
Chin reduction is also a possibility, without resorting to quite such drastic means, although there are no simple ways to reduce the size of the chin.
The first step should be to have a consultation with a specialist in this field. Genioplasty is really only a suitable procedure if the chin is abnormally positioned. If it is the size or shape of your chin that is bothering you, then the chin can be built up, or reduced, without needing to move the chin in the way that is done during the Genioplasty procedure.
Most importantly, in assessing you as a patient, your cosmetic surgeon must know that you are in general good health, and in the instance of surgery such as this, you will need to inform him about any problems with your teeth or jaw. Although these types of problems will not necessarily exclude you from surgery, it is important that your surgeon knows about them so that he can factor them into your treatment.
What are the benefits of Sliding Genioplasty?
Sliding Genioplasty has the benefits that it is able to achieve a greater level of modification than simply using implants is able to. In patients with a severely recessive chin, Sliding Genioplasty may be realistically the only way to achieve satisfactory results.
When performed correctly, Sliding Genioplasty has the advantage that the patient will not have to worry about future changes, such as implant shifting, becoming visible, or the implant becoming infected.
The procedure is also capable of addressing abnormalities of the jaw line, and the patient’s “bite”. When performed in consultation with your dentist, it can be beneficial for your smile, as well as your jaw-line.
Where the use of implants is arguably a way of disguising short-comings of the jaw, Genioplasty offers a way to actually correct those problems.
What are the risks involved?
Naturally, all surgical procedures have risks, but Sliding Genioplasty has more than its share. It is much more technically demanding than Chin Augmentation with Implants, and appears to be far more likely to have complications.
In addition to the normal risks of surgery, such as an adverse reation to anaesthesia, infection, haematoma, nerve damage or muscle damage, manipulating the jaw in this way can sometimes create serious functional problems with the jaw. These can prove quite difficult to correct.
For these reasons, it can actually be quite difficult to find a surgeon both prepared and sufficiently skilled to perform this kind of operation.
However, when performed by a suitably experienced surgeon, the results can be excellent, and the risk of complications rather low for such an invasive procedure.
How long will it take me to recover after surgery?
Recovery time after this kind of procedure will vary, according to the individual case. Bone requires time to heal, and you can certainly expect a longer recovery time than you would expect after Chin Augmentation with implants.
During recovery, you can expect some discomfort, which you will need to control with pain-killers. You may find that you require a chin support, or chin-sling, for a few days after surgery.
Some numbness is common in the area, and also a loss of sensation for the teeth, which is usually quite short-lived.
You should be able to resume fairly normal levels of activity after four weeks, and by six weeks, recovery ought to be complete.
What Alternatives are there to Genioplasty?
Various Chin Augmentation alternatives are possible. In addition to synthetic implants, injectable fillers can be, and often are, used to augment the chin.
Injectable fillers are a safer, less invasive method of modifying the chin; but as a trade-off, they are purely temporary, and the impact that they are able to have on your appearance is much less.
Choosing injectable fillers does has two benefits, one that they are less likely to have complications; and secondly, they are much more affordable. In addition to being simpler to perform, they do not require the additional expenses, such as anaesthesia, facility fees and so on. The materials used, however, are not cheap, so keep your price expectations realistic.
How much should I expect a Sliding Genioplasty to cost?
A realistic amount to expect to spend on a Sliding Genioplasty should be around $10,000, although the prices can get substantially higher than that, depending on the exclusivity of the clinic, the skills of your surgeon, and the actual extent of the work required. Often, Genioplasty costs can be double that of Chin Implants.
Cosmetic Surgery Clinics abroad are often selected by patients for elective procedures like Sliding Genioplasty, as this can be a very effective way of reducing the costs, while getting your treatment at a clinic with just as high standards of care, by a surgeon who is just as skilled as you would expect in a clinic at home.
While this can be well-worth considering, do not forget that some overseas clinics and doctors may more reputable than others, just as they are in the US, or any other country for that matter.
The cost of should certainly not be the only criteria you use when choosing where to get treatment – your first consideration should always be your health.