Chin augmentation / reduction surgery
The chin is crucial to facial harmony. Both a chin that is too small (receding chin) and one that is too large or prominent can disturb the overall appearance of a face. Elective chin surgery can achieve a better facial balance by changing the shape of the chin.
Chin correction - the operation
In individual cases, chin corrections can be carried out with local anesthesia, otherwise general anesthesia is used. To reach the lower jawbone, the surgeon places an incision either inside the mouth or on the outside in a skin crease beneath the chin.
Chin augmentation (correcting a receding chin)
There are two possibilities to enhance and give better definition to a chin. The first option is to relocate a bone fragment to a more forward position. To achieve this, a piece of the lower side of the jawbone in the chin region is removed and repositioned. This enables a change in the length as well as the elevation of the chin at the same time. While the bone-muscle connection is preserved in the fragment, this chin section is then firmly anchored into the desired jawbone location using a metal plate and screws.
A further option for the augmentation of a chin is to implant bone or cartilage material from the pelvic bone, for example, in front of the lower jawbone. A sterile synthetic implant can also be used to augment the chin. The implant is inserted into an incised pocket under the chin.
In order to reduce the jawbone, the surgeon places the incision within the mouth to avoid visible scarring. A wedge-shaped piece of bone is detached from the lower third of the chin, which is then shaped and repositioned to the rest of the jawbone using a metal plate. The depth of the chin and its prominence can be reduced using this method. Before carrying out this procedure, the patient will be provided with an in-depth consultation by Dr. Klesper.
A toothbrush must be wielded with great care following a chin reduction by way of an incision into the mouth. Dental hygiene, however, must not be neglected.
Unnecessary movements should be avoided to the best extent possible to avoid straining the treated area. Physical activity must be reduced for a while, and the patient should remain in bed with the upper body in an upright position for the first days to reduce the incidence of swelling.