Who is a candidate?
Visually pleasing facial aesthetics are all about balance. The upper third, middle third and lower third of the face should balance each other. Sometimes in order to balance the nose and chin, a Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty) is required to return balance to facial features. Performed by our Gold Coast plastic surgeon, the procedure is highly individualised to suit each person’s facial anatomy and proportions in order to achieve the desired outcome.
What is involved in the operation?
The procedure is performed as a day case under a general anaesthetic. A small incision is made underneath the chin, or inside the mouth, and your surgeon will position a silicone implant on the existing jawbone so it is in proportion with all of your facial features. The incision site will then be closed with sutures.
What can you expect after the operation?
There are usually no dressings with this procedure but frequent mouth washes are required if the incision is in the mouth. Initial swelling and numbness is usually moderate, and gradually disappears over a month or two. The final result of your surgery should be visible approximately 12 weeks following, when residual swelling has resolved. Discomfort is mild to moderate and is able to be controlled with oral medications. Sutures in the mouth will dissolve and do not need to be removed. If there are sutures under the chin these will be removed five days after your procedure. Tingling sensations indicate that the superficial nerves are returning to life and healing, which is normal.
Most patients are able to resume normal duties and a return to work one week following surgery, we do advise that strenuous activity be avoided for approximately six weeks following surgery.
Modern surgery is safe. There is, however, no such thing as “risk free” surgery. The important things are to understand potential risks, minimise their occurrence, and treat them early to avoid small issues becoming more severe.