Chin augmentation surgery gives the chin more projection, lengthening the jawline. We achieve this by moving the jaw forward or by placing a subtle silicone implant in the chin to give it more projection. Chin reduction surgery involves removing some of the chin bone to correct an overly projected or long chin. For some patients, jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, can also address functional deficits, chewing difficulties, and how the teeth fit together while improving facial aesthetics.
What to Expect
Our goal during chin surgery is to achieve a strong, youthful, defined, and well-balanced jawline. Poor chin surgeries look unnatural, are asymmetric, or show visible scars. As experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons, we are experts at handling delicate facial skin, fascia, fat, and muscular tissues to achieve noticeable yet natural-looking results.
Before your chin surgery, we’ll meet to discuss your goals, anatomy, and medical history. We’ll take measurements and photographs and will make a treatment recommendation. During this chin surgery consultation, we’ll also talk about potential risks and complications, surgical options, anesthesia options, recovery, and aftercare instructions. Here’s what you can expect during your chin surgery procedure:
Sedation: Based on your unique goals and our surgical approach, your chin surgery procedure may be performed under a local anesthetic, IV sedation, or general anesthesia.
Incisions: The incision patterns vary depending on our treatment approach, and may involve small incisions placed discreetly inside the mouth or hidden under the chin.
Chin Reshaping: We will either augment the chin by moving bone or adding a silicone implant. For chin reductions, we can shave down the chin bone or perform an osteotomy by cutting the bone to move it back to achieve a more natural projection. Finally, we’ll close the incisions with sutures.
We perform chin surgeries as outpatient procedures at our accredited Northern Arizona SurgiCenter in Flagstaff. Chin surgeries typically take an hour and you can go home the same day. If you are having general anesthesia or IV sedation, then you will need to have somebody drive you home.
Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.