A surgical procedure done by repositioning the bone supporting the chin to correct receding chins, chin excess and/or chin asymmetries.
Before the Surgery
A consultation with the surgeon will take place before the surgery. During the consultation the patient will be asked many questions about their medical history, lifestyle and desired outcome. The consultation will also include a careful examination to evaluate the patient’s general health. The surgeon will discuss with the patient how their chin reposition will look in relation to other facial features. Photographs may be taken for medical record purposes. The surgeon will then give the patient preoperative instructions which may include eliminating certain drugs that contain aspirin to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding, and antibiotics may be prescribed before surgery to prevent infection.
Before surgery the surgeon will administer intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to make this procedure as comfortable as possible. The surgeon will make an incision inside the mouth where the lower lip meets the gum line. An alternative incision location is underneath the chin. The surgeon will then cut the tip of the chin from the lower jaw and physically move the chin forward. The tip of the chin and the lower jaw are reattached using small plates and screws. Once the plates and screws are in place the surgeon will close the incision with sutures or stitches. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours, and patients go home the day of surgery.
The patient will experience postoperative pain which is typically minimal. The patient may have discoloration, swelling and/or numbness the around operative area, this should last about 2-3 weeks. Inspect the incision site daily for any signs of infection. A soft diet is recommended until the patient is comfortable eating regular foods. Sutures or stitches are removed 5-7 days after the surgery. The patient should be completely healed 2-3 months after the surgery.