Should I have a sliding genioplasty? Would moving the bone make the chin that much of a difference? (Photo)
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Should I have a sliding genioplasty? Would moving the bone make the chin that much of a difference?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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Genioplasty Slide or Jump
A chin with excess vertical height and inadequate projection can cause mental strain, or difficulty closing the mouth.
I often prefer to do a sliding or "jumping" genioplasty to correct this. A jumping or oblique sliding genioplasty can decrease the vertical height and increase the overall chin projection. I find this to not only augment the chin, but to re-establish harmony amongst the facial proportions.
In many circumstances, a chin implant will give an excellent result. I prefer to use them in a patient of skeletal maturity.
In the case of a chin with excess vertical height, I would favor an osseous genioplasty.
Joe Niamtu, III DMD
Cosmetic Facial Surgery
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