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PROFILES Chin Implant FAQ’s

Q – What is genioplasty?
Genioplasty, also known as chin augmentation or chin implant surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure which uses an implant to improve the appearance of the chin. Genioplasty can strengthen the jaw line or build up a receding chin, providing better balance between the chin and the rest of the face.

Q – What is the chin implant made of for genioplasty?
There are a variety of different facial chin implants which may be used for genioplasty. They can be comprised of Gore-Tex, Merselene mesh, solid silicone, and other materials, and they come in a variety of sizes and shapes which can be tailored to the individual.

Q – Who is a good candidate for genioplasty (chin implant)?
Those who are unhappy with the appearance of the chin or jaw may be good candidates for genioplasty. As with all types of facial plastic surgery, it’s important that patients are also in good health and have realistic expectations. Younger patients may seek genioplasty to bring better balance to the facial features. In fact, genioplasty is often combined with rhinoplasty for just this purpose. More mature patients also seek genioplasty, either on its own or in conjunction with other procedures like a facelift.

Q – What does the consultation for genioplasty entail?
During your consultation with Dr. Solieman or Dr. Litner, you will explain what you dislike about your chin or jaw. Bringing in photos of chins that are similar to what you would like to achieve can be helpful. The doctor will take your medical history and you should be sure to discuss any previous facial surgery you have had, any medication you are taking, and whether or not you smoke. Dr. Litner or Dr. Solieman will discuss the newest genioplasty techniques and, if applicable, they may recommend additional surgery to help you achieve your goals. You will discuss the reasonable outcomes and all details of the surgery will be explained including the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the potential risks and the costs.

Q – Where do Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner perform genioplasty?
All outpatient procedures will be performed in our brand new, state of the art, fully accredited, office-based surgical facility located in Beverly Hills.

Q – What type of anesthesia will be used for my genioplasty procedure?
Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman commonly use general anesthesia for genioplasty.

Q – How is the genioplasty surgery performed?
To augment the chin, a small incision will be made along the inside of the lower lip or on the skin just under the chin. To augment the jaw, incisions are made on either side of the inside of the lower mouth. The doctor will then select the proper size and shape implant and insert it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The incisions are then closed and the chin may be taped.

Q – How long does the surgery for genioplasty take to perform?
The insertion a chin implant usually takes thirty minutes to an hour to perform, while the insertion of a jaw implant usually takes one to two hours to perform.

Q – Where are the incisions for genioplasty located?
When augmenting the chin, the incision may be made inside of the lower lip or on the skin just beneath the chin. When augmenting the jaw, incisions are made on either side of the inside of the lower mouth

Q – Will I have scars after genioplasty?
When the incision for genioplasty is made on the inside of the lower lip or on either side of the inside of the lower mouth, there is no visible scarring. When the incision is made on the skin just under the chin, you will have a small, well-concealed scar.

Q – Will I be in much pain after undergoing genioplasty?
Patients may experience some discomfort after genioplasty, and facial movements like smiling and talking can be difficult at first. Discomfort can be alleviated with medication.

Q – What is the recovery like after genioplasty?
Some swelling and discomfort can be expected after genioplasty. Bruising may occur around the chin and neck after chin implant surgery. Talking, smiling, and other facial movements may be difficult at first. Discomfort can be managed with medication. Jaw implant surgery can involve more swelling than chin implant surgery. Nevertheless, the majority of swelling will fade within a few days, though some minor prolonged swelling can disguise the final facial contour for several months. Patients may need to follow a liquid or soft diet for the first few days.

Q – How soon will I be able to return to work after my genioplasty procedure?
Most normal activities, including work, may be resumed within ten days after genioplasty.

Q – How soon will I be able to exercise after my genioplasty procedure?
Rigorous activities will need to be postponed for the first few weeks after surgery, along with any activities which may bump or jar the face.

Q – When will the stitches be removed after my genioplasty procedure?
Intra-oral sutures dissolve on their own while stitches used on the outside of the skin will be removed within five to seven days.

Q – Are there any risks associated with chin implant surgery (genioplasty)?
As with all types of surgery, Chin implant surgery (genioplasty) does have potential risks which may include adverse anesthesia reactions, capsular contracture, implant shifting, infection, unnatural shape, and the need for additional surgery.

Q – Is chin implant surgery (genioplasty) covered by insurance?
Insurance generally does not cover genioplasty procedures that are purely cosmetic in nature. Some coverage may be available when treating an injury or major deformity. Patients should check with their own insurance carrier.

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If you have any further questions about the Profiles Beverly Hills Chin Implant procedure or any other procedures you may be considering such as Cheek Implants, Rhinoplasty, or any of the other plastic surgery procedures performed by Dr. Litner and Dr. Soliemanzadeh, please feel free to contact our office and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have or to schedule your complimentary Chin Implant consultation. Also, whether you are considering a Chin Implant in Orange County, Irvine, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, or any part of Southern California, be sure to view our extensive section of our website devoted to frequently asked questions about Profiles Beverly Hills Chin Implants.