Cosmetic chin surgery is usually performed to correct a receded chin, a weak chin or a chin that is too strong and juts forward too much.
A receded chin can be treated with two different options, a chin implant or a genioplasty. There are pros and cons of each.
A chin implant is made of solid silicone and is available in different sizes. It is placed over the bony chin through an incision inside the lower lip or under the chin. It is often placed at the same time a face or neck lift is done, as a stronger chin will improve the appearance of the neck lift.
An advancement genioplasty is a technique, which does not use an implant. With this procedure the bony chin is cut and moved forward to correct the receded chin, and it can also be moved downward to make the face look longer. If you have a receded chin the face may also look too short and moving the chin downward will help correct this.
If you have a chin that is too strong and juts too far forward, a setback genioplasty can also be used to move the chin backwards. A genioplasty is the only option available to treat a protruding chin. When the chin is moved back, the skin and fat under the chin may bunch up and make an unsightly fullness. Fortunately liposuction can be done at the same time as the genioplasty to correct this.
Most people are ready to resume a normal schedule after a few days after surgery. Patients must take care, however, to avoid any activity that might cause an impact to your face for three or four weeks.