What is genioplasty surgery?
Also known as chin augmentation - or chin implant - surgery, genioplasty is a cosmetic procedure that aims to reharmonise and balance the face. Through subtle and strategic changes the size and shape of the chin and jawline, the procedure is customised to suit each patient’s natural anatomy, facial proportions and desired result. Incisions are usually concealed under the chin, and the procedure is typically performed as day surgery.
Sometimes, a patient with a small or ‘weak’ chin thinks their nose is too large - however, it may be that their recessed chin gives their nose a more prominent appearance. By enhancing the projection of their chin, the rest of their facial features sit in harmony. Likewise, an overly protruding, or dominant, chin can unbalance other facial features.
If you are considering chin surgery, it’s important to talk to your surgeon about what you can realistically expect the procedure to achieve. It’s also important to be in good physical and emotional health, as the surgery will make significant changes to the overall appearance of your face; something you should only undertake if you feel well-informed of the risks and benefits.
What does genioplasty surgery involve?
In most cases, Dr Sharp will make a small incision underneath the chin. Occasionally, incisions may be made inside the mouth, although this is most often in the case of chin reduction, rather than enlargement, surgery.
Chin augmentation surgery performed by Dr Sharp utilises alloplastic - or implant - technology. During the surgery, the sterile implant is reshaped by Dr Sharp to specifically suit the patient’s current chin shape and jawline. The procedure is performed in a hospital, under general anaesthetic. Feel free to contact us to know more.
Why have chin surgery?
The goals of chin surgery are unique to every patient, and can include:
- To increase or decrease the projection of the chin
- Define the jawline in harmony with the rest of the face
- Create a more balanced side profile
- Reduce the appearance of a prominent nose
Chin surgery scars
The residual scar will always be present but is usually not very noticeable when looking at the face, as it is concealed under the chin. The scar will fades over time and can be aided by our postoperative scar reduction treatment plan if you wish.
How do I choose my surgeon?
Chin surgery is very safe and performed frequently by plastic surgeons in Brisbane. However it is a major procedure – and therefore, choosing the right surgeon is of utmost importance. Genioplasty surgery should be performed by a qualified plastic surgeon who is registered as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. You can confirm your surgeon’s credentials here
Dr David Sharp is a qualified plastic surgeon with a special interest in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. His personalised approach means that you receive plenty of preoperative time with him to discuss your specific body goals and any questions.
It’s normal to feel both nervous, and an excited sense of anticipation when planning your surgery. Dr David takes the time to ensure you have as many consultations as you require, to ensure your treatment is customised to suit your face and expectations – and address any concerns you may have.
What kind of anaesthetic will I have?
Chin surgery is usually performed under a full general anaesthetic or sedation. A specifically selected range of medications are administered during the surgery to ensure your post-operative comfort. Dr Sharp works with an experienced team of anesthetists.
Risks and complications
Like any surgery, you must weigh up whether the benefits outway the risks for you. While genioplasty surgery is common and carries low risks of significant complications, your pre-operative consultations with Dr Sharp will enable him to discuss potential complications with you, and help you determine whether the surgery is right for you. Possible complications of chin implant surgery include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Post operative infection
- Blood clots, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Discoloured or keloid scars
- Slow or poor wound healing
- Skin or fat necrosis
- Numbness or sensory changes
- Wound separation (dehiscence)
- Persistent pain
- General anaesthesia risks
- Swelling or accumulated fluid
Complications are rare, and Dr Sharp and his team manage each of these risks with the upmost care to further reduce the likelihood of them occurring. In the event they do occur, most can be treated quickly and easily with prompt intervention.
Everyone’s body responds differently to surgery. In some cases, post operative revision surgery might be required.
Some factors, such as weight, lifestyle or health problems can increase the chance of a complication occurring. Dr Sharp will take time to learn about your potential risk factors during your pre operative consultations, and will determine if they are relevant to your surgery.
If you have any concerns regarding your surgery and the associated risks, feel free to book additional preoperative consultations with Dr Sharp.
Chin implant recovery
After genioplasty surgery you will visit our clinic around 1 week after surgery to have any tape or dressings changed, and any external sutures removed. Your second review appointment with Dr Sharp will be at 6 weeks post surgery, and again at 12 weeks.
Initial swelling abates after about 2 week, with the final result visible approximately 12 weeks after the surgery, when the residual swelling has resolved.
You will be discharged from the hospital with pain relief to manage any discomfort, and you have direct access to our clinic 24/7 for any post-operative concerns.
How much time should I take off work?
Most patients return to work after 1 week, but you should avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks. There will be noticeable swelling for the first 2 weeks, so this will need to be taken into consideration, in terms of your appearance and whether or not you are happy for others to know you have had surgery.
Expectations + benefits
Obvious benefits include the improved sense of confidence that comes with addressing a perceived facial deficit.
The procedure will create an improved profile and facial balance, harmonising other facial features such as the nose while providing a more defined jawline.
It is, however, very important to have realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved, and the impact that this procedure will have on your overall self-esteem. Those suffering from chronic self-esteem issues or heightened anxiety about their appearance may be disappointed that the surgery does not create the life-changing results they expected, so it is vital to discuss these hopes or concerns with your surgeon.
How much does chin implant surgery cost?
Potential costs include:
- Dr Sharp’s fee
- Anaesthetist fee
- Implant cost
- Theatre costs
Inclusive of all above factors, the cost usually ranges from $6000 to $7000 for chin implant surgery. As it is a cosmetic procedure, no rebates will apply from Medicare or private health insurers.
Chin reduction surgery can sometimes be medically required and are quoted on an individual basis. If an MBS item number applies to your procedure, you may receive a rebate from Medicare and your private health fund to cover some of your costs.
It is important to understand that, in the case of complications or revision surgery, the cost of your chin surgery might extend to future surgical procedures and hospitalisations. We encourage patients to think about how they would fund further treatment beyond the immediate costs expected.
How long do the results last?
Your result will last forever (or at least as long as you do), provided you generally maintain your operative weight and don’t sustain injuries or undergo further surgery.