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Chin Implant? Chin Bone or Jaw Bone Advancement?

I was under the impression that the only options to correct a weak chin were chin implants or jaw bone surgery, however, after doing research there appears to also be chin bone advancement? I could have possibly misunderstood...is this also an option? If so, could someone explain how it works and the difference between that and jaw bone advancement?

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Chin Implant? Chin Bone or Jaw Bone Advancement?

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The Genioplasty cuts the bone and advances it forward augmenting the chin.  For the past 25 years, or so, I have used Chin Implants instead for Chin Augmentations and prefer those to the more invasive Genioplasty.


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Chin Implant vs. Sliding Genioplasty

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A sliding genioplasty, or chin bone advancement, only moves the front part of the lower jaw and does not affect one's occlusion or bite. Whether this should be considered instead of a chin implant depends on many factors, the most significant is what dimensional changes of the chin need to be done. Each person's case needs to be considered separately based on photographic and computer imaging estimates. Neither chin procedure is necessarily better than the other, but for each individual patient it could be.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Chin implant?Jaw bone surgery?

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Chin bone advancement is probably what you understand as Jaw bone surgery. The chin is part of the lower jaw and the "chin part" is cut horizontally and advanced forward. More involved jaw surgery where the jaw is cut differently is when you have occlusion problems(teeth of upper and lower jaw do not fit) and entire parts of your upper or lower jaw is moved forward or backward.

Chin implant or chin advancement surgery corrects a "weak chin". Both procedures with a different approach achieve the same: a more prominent or "stronger" chin. A Plastic Surgeon experienced in both can explain and offer you what's best for you. Good luck!

Guido P. Gutter MD
Evansville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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Evaluation of a small or retruded chin will also include evaluation of the jaw (mandible) because the retruded chin may be caused by a retruded jaw or a combination of both a small chin and retruded jaw.  There are two commonly performed procedures to augment the chin.  Thse procedures are chin augmentation with an implant or cutting and advancing the chin bone.

Craig Mezrow, MS, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant or adbancement?

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Majority of small chins can be corrected with chin implants. Easy to place and less invasive. Chin bone advancement involves advancing the chin bone forward and securing it in place with screw and plates.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Huntington Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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