People often refer to genioplasty as chin surgery, chin augmentation, or mentoplasty. The goal of chin surgery is to correct microgenia, a condition characterized by abnormally small chin, caused by inadequate underlying bone structure.
Good candidates for chin surgery will exhibit a chin that is lacking projection, causing a weakened facial appearance or a proportional imbalance in relation to other facial features. For example, an inadequate chin can cause the nose to appear overly prominent.
If these descriptions match your facial features, or if you are dissatisfied with the structure of your chin, chin surgery may be the appropriate solution.
Most surgeons who perform chin surgery in Virginia Beach utilize a silastic (silicone rubber) implant to augment the patient’s chin. Surgery is typically performed under iv sedation or general anesthesia. A small incision is made inside the mouth or under the chin crease.
The implant is then placed in a pocket that resides in front of the jawbone, and the incisions are closed. Alternative chin augmentation may also involve a reshaping or repositioning of the bone that shapes the chin.
After chin surgery, patients may experience some swelling and bruising, which subsides within a week. Once the incisions have healed and swelling becomes less apparent, the patient’s skin drapes nicely over the implant and the improved aesthetic results can be appreciated. Better chin projection can dramatically alter a person’s appearance and result in increased confidence.
Contact the office of Dr. Vendetti to schedule a consultation or get more information on chin surgery in Virginia Beach.
“I have avoided oral surgery for years, it appears they try to put you in as much pain as possible. I had to drive so many miles to find someone who really cared and knew what they were doing. It was painless.”