Though chin reduction surgery is not an extremely complex procedure, it can have a transformative effect on the way you look, creating more proportionate features and a more pleasing profile.
Who Should Consider Chin Reduction?
The best chin reduction surgery candidates are in good general health and mentally stable. These individuals should have clear and realistic ideas about what the surgery can achieve. Candidates should not be any younger than age 20, since the chin is still developing up to this point. No bone disorders must be present in the surgical candidate in order to successfully perform a chin reduction.
For those candidates who may not be eligible for chin reduction surgery, facial liposuction is another alternative that can assist with improving facial contours. You should also consider facial implants, rhinoplasty, and lip augmentation, as all these procedures can potentially put your chin in better proportion with the rest of your face.
How Does a Chin Reduction Work?
Aspirin and all aspirin-containing medicines must be strictly avoided in the weeks prior to chin reduction surgery as should non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These blood-thinning medicines disrupt blood clotting and raise the risk of bleeding and bruising.
The surgeon makes an incision on the inside of the mouth (next to the lower lip or under the chin). Using special surgical instruments, the bone is detached at the chin’s tip and reshaped. The surgeon removes the unwanted bone to create the desired contour. The tip is then held together with wires and plates. The incisions are stitched to finalize the chin reduction surgery.
Risks and Benefits of Chin Reduction Surgery
Chin reduction surgery may lead to swelling for many weeks or even months while the bone heals. Infection occurs only rarely. Some nerve damage can also take place after chin reduction surgery leading to lower lip and chin numbness. As with any surgery, complications may occur from adverse reactions to anesthesia, which can affect a patient’s respiratory system.
When an experienced surgeon who is well practiced in the chinplasty procedure performs the surgery, the risks of these negative events decreases significantly. In the right surgical hands, a chin reduction surgery can improve self-esteem dramatically and transform a person’s overall appearance. A chin reduction can lead to a more proportionate facial balance between the nose and the chin. Together with a facelift and sometimes a rhinoplasty if needed, a chin reduction procedure can be the final touch to creating a refined, elegant look.