Genioplasty - or chin augmentation surgery - is one of the fastest growing procedures in the US and UK. Although Australia does not record genioplasty rates, chin augmentation surgery is one of the procedures men enquire about most commonly in our clinics.
In males, the chin is one feature of sexual dimorphism (a distinct difference in appearance between males and females). Usually patients are seeking to create a more balanced profile, or a sharper jawline.
Sometimes patients feel their nose projects too far, when in fact it is their recessed or small chin creating an unbalanced profile, enlarging the appearance of their nose. By enhancing their chin, their nose is balanced out and appears less prominent.
Marilyn Munroe reportedly had cartilage inserted into her chin to redefine her profile in the 1950’s, however modern genioplasty accentuates the chin utilising advanced implant technology. Dr Sharp sculpts the implant during the procedure to fit the patient’s individual jawline. Under general anaesthetic, the implant is inserted into the chin via a small incision under the chin. Initial swelling abates after about 2 week, with the final result visible approximately 6 weeks after the surgery, when the residual swelling has resolved.
The procedures is sometimes combined with rhinoplasty or facelift surgery to harmonise the face and define the patient’s jawline.
In most cases, genioplasty is performed as a cosmetic procedure - but it can also be utilised for reconstructive facial surgery, to restore a jawline that has suffered a traumatic injury or cancer. As with all operations, there is a risk of potential complications such as infection, bleeding and altered sensation.
How much does chin implant surgery cost?
The procedure usually costs between $6,000 to $7,000 - and is most commonly performed as day surgery.