Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty)

Aesthetic chin augmentation, or genioplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape or increase the size of the chin for better projection and appearance. It can balance the profile by extending the chin in relationship to the nose. After examining you, Dr. Shinn will discuss the variables that influence the decisions involved in the procedure, such as length, width and symmetry of the chin, and the degree of projection desired. Patients with a normal dental bite, but weak or receding chins, are the best candidates for genioplasty. The incision is made either inside the mouth or externally on the underside of the chin. Working through the incision, the surgeon creates a pocket above the chin bone and under the muscles, and inserts an appropriately sized prosthesis, or chin implant.