What is Genioplasty?
If you have a particularly weak chin or a chin that protrudes abnormally — in other words, your chin is misaligned with your jaw — your doctor may recommend genioplasty, or surgery to alter the chin’s position.
What happens during this kind of surgery?
Genioplasty requires general anesthesia, meaning you will be unconscious throughout the procedure. A surgeon will make an incision inside your mouth on your lower lip and gum to access the bones of your lower jaw and chin. Your chin will be broken in a precise surgical manner that will allow it to be repositioned and held in place with plates and screws. The incision will then be stitched back together.
What is chin implant recovery like?
You will experience some discomfort in the days and weeks following the surgery, so you will be prescribed painkillers along with an antibiotic to prevent infection. Your chin will swell and may feel uncomfortably tight at first. Swelling typically goes down after a couple of weeks, but there may be slight, relatively unnoticeable swelling that lasts a few months.
Will I have to eat differently?
Often, a genioplasty is performed at the same time as other corrective jaw surgery, in which case you may have to consume only liquids for a few days, graduating to soft foods and finally normal foods after a few weeks. If a genioplasty is performed alone, you will probably have little trouble eating, though you may still initially prefer a soft diet.