Definition - What does Chin Surgery mean?
Chin surgery involves reshaping the chin through one of several techniques. Broadly speaking, chin surgery consists of procedures that create a stronger, more prominent chin, reduce the size of the chin, or correct asymmetry of the chin.
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Chin surgery is performed in a variety of ways depending on the patient’s facial characteristics. It can involve moving the jaw forward, back, or to one side (to correct an asymmetrical chin). The removal of bone is undertaken when the chin’s proportions are unusually prominent, and chin implants are used to correct receding or small chins. Chin augmentation is the most commonly used form of chin surgery since having a small chin is more common than having an unusually large one.
In many instances, doctors recommend chin surgery to patients who are undertaking surgery to reduce the size of their nose, since a receding or small chin makes the nose appear more prominent. People undergoing facial rejuvenation surgery such as a facelift also often combine it with chin surgery to reduce the appearance of loose skin under the chin, which appears more prominent when the chin is small or receding.
Doctors generally give chin surgery patients a general anesthetic during the procedure. Chin implants take between 30 and 60 minutes, while genioplasty, which involves adjustment of the jawbone, takes between 45 and 90 minutes. Patients usually need seven to 10 days’ recovery time. After that, the doctor will usually advise them to avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks