Is Nerve Damage a Potential Risk in Chin Reduction Surgery?

I plan to have Rhinoplasty and Chin Redution surgery together but I am hesitant as I read that these surgeries may lead facial paralysis? How true is it?

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Nerve damage from Rhinoplasty and Chin Reduction Surgery extremely rare

Facial Nerve Damage from Rhinoplasty (Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr Young Bellevue) and Chin Reduction Surgery (Philip Young MD, Bellevue, WA) is extremely rare.

From Rhinoplasty, Facial Nerve Damage would be something that you could report in the literature because it is extremely rare. I have never heard of that ever. So your worry about Rhinoplasty causing that should be lessened. Chin Reduction surgery is a viable concern. When you do this type of surgery, you have to elevate the chin area. Superficial to this elevation, you do have nerve fibers from the facial nerve that traverse this area. If one were not in the right plane you could damage this nerve although this is still pretty rare. Also with Chin reduction surgery, you need to tailor the skin envelope to accomodate the smaller chin after reducing the bone volume. this tailoring can injure the nerve.

One thing to remember is that, at that point you are dealing with end fibers of the facial nerve and likely regeneration will occur without any effects if it were to happen. But more laterally when you do your reduction you need to be careful to stay in the right planes. That might be too much information. In general, the risk of facial nerve damage from either procedure is extremely rare!

I hope that helps.

Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nerve Damage and Rhinoplasty

ANY operation in Plastic surgery can be associated with underlying nerve damage. That being said the likelihood of a Rhinoplasty being associated with facial paralysis is extremely rare. I have never heard of such a complication.

As regards chin reduction (Genioplasty), the operation involves removal of a horizontal wafer of bone from the chin and placing screws and plates to hold the smaller chin together. In the process, one or both of the SENSORY nerves of the chin (Mental nerve) may be injured resulting in loss of feeling to the lower lip. The chance of this operation causing facial paralysis is also very rare.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Chin scupting

Nerve damage is a risk. With a skilled surgeon that knows the anatomy of this area it is a minimal risks though with this procedure. The nerves run in a typical course and we are able to avoid them readily. 

Rhinoplasty along with chin surgery is a great combo as the have a complimentary effect. I think you are going to be very happy.

Hope this helps.

Best of luck,


Benjamin Caughlin, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Reduction Surgery Nerve Damage

One of the risks of chin reduction surgery is numbness of the lower lip. This is a result of nerve injury to the "mental nerve". However, please know that the overall chance is low, and you should discuss this thoroughly with your surgeon.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Chin Reduction Surgery and Potential Nerve Damage

Any plastic surgery operation can be associated with underlying nerve damage. However facial paralysis is very rare. There is however a small chance of damaging the lower branch of the facial nerve that controls the lower lip. This could result in numbness or assymetry of the lower lip.



Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

Paralysis after Rhinoplasty and Chin Reduction

Facial nerve paralysis is not considered a complication of rhinoplasty surgery. If only the chin will be reduced, not other parts of your jawbone, facial nerve paralysis would be extemely rare. A permanent change in nasal or chin sensation is possible, but very unlikely. Having said that, anything is possible including a fatal accident traveling to your doctor's office, which is probably more likely than the surgical compication you mention.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Nerve Damage Potential Risk in Chin Surgery

Nerve injury producing facial paralysis is not considered a complication of rhinoplasty. Such nerve injury could possibly occur with chin reduction surgery; however, this is very rare and is almost never seen in well performed procedures. This is why it is always important to select your surgeon carefully.

Sigmund L. Sattenspiel, MD
Freehold Facial Plastic Surgeon

Risk of nerve damage from chin reduction surgery

In chin reduction surgery there is always a small chance of damaging the lower branch of the facial nerve that controls the lower lip. When damaged, patients experience loss of sensation and motor function in the affected area. If this nerve is cut, it can result in a temporary or permanent lower lip asymmetry. However, if the nerve is simply stretched, normal function will return in six to eight weeks. Make sure your surgeon has plenty of experience in chin reduction surgery since it involves cutting the bone of the chin and mandible.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Chin Reduction Can Cause Paralysis or Numbness

Chin Reduction can rarely cause injury to two different nerves;

1. Marginal Mandibular Nerve that makes you move your lower lip.

2. Mental Nerve that provides sensation to the lower lip and chin.

The risk is very small. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon. He / She might be able to give you alternate options if you are really worried about these potential risks.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Nerve damage with chin implant

Yes this is true but fortunately rare. Liposuction is commonly performed in combination with the chin implant. This can cause trauma to the marginal mandibular branch of the facial nerve which can lead to facial weakness. However, injury to the sensory nerve is the more common problem becuase the nerve is located immediately next to the tail of the implant

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

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