• Surgical and Non-Surgical Options for Remedying a Recessed Chin

    on Aug 25th, 2018

Consider your jawline to be the foundation of your face, and your chin is a critical part of it. If your chin is recessed or weak, it can drastically affect your appearance. Chin enhancement surgery, called genioplasty, is an option for improving the balance of your face.

There are many reasons you may want to consider changing the shape of your chin. For example, a weak chin may make you appear to have a double chin, or sagging jowls. Whatever your reason, you can be assured that we at the office of Dr. Norman J. Pastorek can help you find the best option for remedying a recessed chin.

Alloplastic genioplasty

If your issue is with the appearance of your chin, and you don’t have any problems with your dental bite, you may be a candidate for a procedure called alloplastic genioplasty, which is a chin implant.

Dr. Pastorek carefully measures your face and determines the best size and shape of the implant to improve your facial aesthetics. He then places the implant through a tiny incision under your chin.

Most often, alloplastic genioplasty is performed with a local anesthetic while you’re sedated rather than under general anesthesia. It’s usually an outpatient procedure, so you don’t need to stay in the hospital overnight.

A Non-Surgical Solution

If you are hesitant in having surgery, Dr. Pastorek can determine if you are a candidate for using  a temporary solution that can enhance the projection and balance of your chin. Using a hyaluronic filler such as Restylane Lyft or Voluma, or the calcium based filler Radiesse, Dr. Pastorek can use these fillers to project your chin and refine your jawline. These fillers can last anywhere from a year to two years depending upon the filler used. There is no downtime using this method and results can be most satisfying.

Common combinations

If you are seeking rhinoplasty, a face-lift, or a neck lift, you may benefit from genioplasty as well. There are important reasons you may want to consider the additional or combined surgery.

For example, if you want rhinoplasty to reduce the size of your nose, part of your problem may be that your face is out of balance due to a weak chin. A recessed chin may make your nose appear larger. Similarly, your facial skin may appear to sag more if your chin is weak.

Recovery from chin augmentation surgery

Your recovery time depends in part on the extent and type of surgery you have., You may need to consume a soft diet for a day or two following the surgery, and you’ll likely have moderate swelling and bruising.

Once the swelling and bruising subside, usually within two weeks after surgery, you’ll be able to see an improved difference in your appearance. But it may take two to three months before the swelling completely dissipates and you can see the final results.

Outcomes for patients who’ve had genioplasty are generally very good. The rate of satisfaction for this type of surgery is quite high, too.

One of the most critical steps in reaching a positive, satisfying outcome is a thorough assessment and consultation before surgery or treatment. If you’re considering chin enhancement surgery, book an appointment with Dr. Pastorek to learn about your options. Booking is easy — simply give us a call or schedule online.

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