Sliding genioplasty or chin implant? (Photos)

Iv recently been to a surgeon on the nhs over my side profile and bad anxiety over my it, the surgeon told me he would put a brace and perform slideing genioplasty but I'd realy just prefare an implant if I could my teeth are straight i had my front four crowned I'm happy with my teeth now finally but I'm wondering if an implant will be enough I realy don't want a big operation I'm a single mum to a toddler and iv read it can be a very complicated surgery will an implant make a difference

Doctor Answers 3

Candidate for a Chin Augmenatation

Without an exam your question cannot be answered. However, your photos are helpful and you are probably a good candidate for a Chin Augmentation. You will need to see an Oral/Maxillofacial surgeon to see if othognathic surgery, genioplasty or using an implant is best for your specific case. It should be noted that patients with severely weak jaws or abnormally functioning jaws may be better treated with other facial surgery (orthognathic surgery), although a chin augmentation may be an option at a later time. These patients should seek the advice of a plastic surgeon to determine which course is right for them. Here is some information to help you make this decision: Candidates for Chin Augmentation - Patients whose chin profiles are weak but have normally functioning jaws are candidates for Chin Augmentation. Many of these candidates have used injectable fillers in the past to strengthen the protrusion of their chins, but are looking for a permanent solution. If you are one of these patients, then you are a likely candidate for chin augmentation

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant versus sliding genioplasty

Chin implants are performed under local anesthesia which takes approximately 30 minutes to insert the implant.  Chin implants are manufactured  in a large variety of sizes and shapes, are composed of Silastic, and are usually placed through a small incision underneath the chin.  A sliding genioplasty  is performed by an oral surgeon under general anesthesia in the hospital setting with an overnight hospital stay.  For many examples of chin implants, please see the link below  to our chin implant before and after gallery

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sliding genioplasty or chin implant?

Hi, I have performed many Chin Augmentations using chin implants for over 30 years.  From the photos, your chin is weak.  A weak chin creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy and the lower face look short that de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a double chin.  Chin augmentation using a chin implant will add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face. 

 I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick, highly effective and far less invasive than a sliding genioplasty.  I perform chin implant surgery in 30 minutes or less, often using a local anesthetic alone.  In my opinion, you are a good candidate for chin implant surgery.

Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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