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Brisbane plastic surgeon Dr David Sharp enlarges the chin and alters facial balance using implant technology. Scroll down to learn more about the benefits, risks and recovery involved. 

What is genioplasty surgery?

Also known as chin augmentation – or chin implant surgery – genioplasty is a cosmetic procedure alters the balance of facial features by making the chin more prominent. Some patients seek genioplasty surgery to make a recessed or small chin more projected or prominent, using a surgical prosthesis. This procedure is performed by our Brisbane based specialist plastic surgeon Dr Sharp, under general anaesthetic, in an accredited hospital facility.

The procedure uses a prosthesis which is customised to fit each patient’s natural anatomy and facial proportions. Incisions are usually placed under the chin, the implant is positioned and screwed into the mandible and then the incision closed. The procedure is typically performed as day surgery.

If you are considering chin implant 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.

Genioplasty surgery can be performed in conjunction with other facial plastic surgeries, such as blepharoplasty or facelift surgery.

Below pictured: before and 3 months after genioplasty surgery with Dr Sharp. Results vary between patients; scroll down for more images. 

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What does chin implant surgery involve?

In most cases, Dr Sharp will make a small incision underneath the chin.

The chin augmentation technique performed by Dr Sharp utilises alloplastic – or implant – technology. During the surgery, the sterile implant is reshaped and moulded by Dr Sharp to specifically suit the patient’s current chin shape and jawline.  Feel free to contact us to know more.

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The outcomes shown are only relevant for these patients and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise. 

Scroll down to read more about chin augmentation surgery with Dr Sharp, after the image gallery.

before and 3 months after genioplasty surgery with Dr Sharp


Why have chin surgery?

The objectives 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
  • Alter the balance of the side profile

How do I choose my surgeon?

Chin surgery is 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 specialist plastic surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic facial 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 natural anatomy – 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.

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.

How much does chin implant surgery cost?

Potential costs include:

  • Dr Sharp’s fee
  • Anaesthetist fee
  • Implant cost
  • Theatre costs

As it is a cosmetic procedure, no rebates will apply from Medicare or private health insurers.

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. This procedure does not stop the natural ageing process, and changes to the face and jawline should be expected as you age.

Chin surgery scars

The residual scar will always be present but is usually not prominent or obvious when looking at the face, as it is placed under the chin. The scar will fades over time and can be aided by our postoperative scar reduction treatment plan if you wish.

Risks & complications

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 surgery in general include:

  • Acute medical event such as stoke, heart attack, pneumonia
  • The need for revision or further surgery
  • Pain which does not respond to pain relief
  • Nerve damage, causing altered sensation or loss of sensation – temporary or permanent
  • Haematoma (collection of blood), oedema (collection of fluid) and abscess
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolisms (PE)
  • Damage or or loss of loose teeth during placement of anaesthetic apparatus
  • Sore throat, swelling or discomfort following placement of breathing tubes during anaesthetic
  • Breathing difficulties following anaesthetic
  • Allergic reaction to medication
  • Allergic reaction to sutures, dressings, tapes or intraoperative solutions
  • Heavy bleeding from the wound, which may require further surgery
  • Poor or slow skin healing, wound infection, breakdown or necrosis (skin death)
  • Wound dehiscence (incision separation)
  • Adverse scarring
  • Psychological impact of surgery, recovery or altered appearance
  • Death

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 with prompt intervention. In the event that they cannot be rectified with the implant in place, a complication may involve the temporary or permanent removal of the chin implant.

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 your incision site cleaned and any external sutures removed. Your second review appointment will be at 6 weeks post surgery, and again at 12 weeks.

Initial swelling abates after about 2-4 weeks, with the final result visible approximately 6 months 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.

Expectations + benefits

The procedure will create changes to your profile and chin projection.

It is, however, very important to have realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved. 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.