Chin Reduction

Chin reduction surgery is a relatively simple procedure that an experienced surgeon can perform to transform your appearance, create a more harmonious profile, and help you feel better about the way you look.

In the sections that follow, you can learn about the criteria for ideal chin reduction surgery candidates, as well as the procedure itself, and the associated risks and benefits.

Chin Reduction Plastic Surgery Candidates

The best candidates for chin reduction surgery are individuals in good physical and mental health who have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. Candidates should be at least 20 years old, as chin development is at its end. There also can be no evidence of any active diseases or significant, pre-existing medical conditions. The candidate must also be free of any bone disorders.

The Chin Reduction Procedure

In preparation for chin reduction surgery, the patient will want to avoid aspirin as well as any aspirin-containing medications. In addition, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be discontinued for at least one week prior to the surgery. These medications thin the blood and can prevent normal blood clotting and introduce an increased risk of bleeding and bruising.

Chin reduction surgery begins with the surgeon making an incision inside the mouth (near the lower lip) or under the chin. Using specialized instruments, the surgeon detaches the bone at the tip of the chin and then reshapes and removes the excess bone to properly proportion the contour. The tip is then repositioned with the remaining section of chin and held together using wires and plates. The incisions are sutured to complete the procedure.

Risks and Benefits of Chin Reduction Surgery

All surgeries have inherent risks. With chin reduction surgery, the patient may experience swelling for several weeks or months while the bone heals. Infection is a less common risk to weigh when considering chin plastic surgery. Another potential side effect to consider following chin reduction surgery is small nerve damage. If small nerve damage occurs, this can cause the patient to experience numbness in the lower lip and chin. Additionally, complications can arise from adverse reactions to anaesthesia, which can affect a patient’s respiratory system.

Though the risks may be significant and important to consider, the likelihood of complications is greatly reduced when chin reduction surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon. In careful, skillful hands, a chin reduction surgery can improve the appearance of your chin and enhance your self-esteem. A chin reduction can create a more harmonious balance between your nose and your chin as it creates a more equal proportion between the two. A chin reduction procedure can be the final element in creating an elegant, balanced appearance.