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Chin Reduction


Some people actually find that their chins are too large to fit in with their other facial features. By moderately reshaping the bone and other structural tissues, cosmetic chin reduction surgery can create a more pleasing contour for the face. No facial implants are necessary, and the results should appear natural in every way. Alternatively, when an especially prominent chin makes the nose or other facial features appear too small for the face, chin reduction surgery can provide a balanced look. Aesthetic chin reduction surgery offers an effective solution for refining facial definition and contour.

Chin reduction surgery is a relatively simple procedure that an experienced surgeon can perform to transform your appearance, create a more harmonious profile, and help you feel better about the way you look. In the sections that follow, you can learn about the criteria for ideal chin reduction surgery candidates, as well as the procedure itself, and the associated risks and benefits.

Chin Reduction Candidates

The best candidates for chin reduction surgery are individuals that are:

  • Unhappy with the appearance of the chin and profile
  • In good physical and mental health
  • Realistic in their expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure
  • At least 20 years old, when chin development is at its end

Individuals who are not ideal candidates for chin reduction surgery may, instead, benefit from facial liposuction to help redefine the contour of their profile.

The Chin Reduction Procedure

In preparation for chin reduction surgery, the patient will want to avoid aspirin as well as any aspirin-containing medications. In addition, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be discontinued for at least one week prior to the surgery. These medications thin the blood, can prevent normal blood clotting, and introduce an increased risk of bleeding and bruising.

As with chin augmentation surgery, chin reduction surgery begins with the surgeon making an incision inside the mouth (near the lower lip) or under the chin. Using specialized instruments, the surgeon detaches the bone at the tip of the chin and then reshapes and removes the excess bone to properly proportion the contour. The tip is then repositioned with the remaining section of chin and held together using wires and plates. The incisions are sutured to complete the procedure.

Risks and Benefits of Chin Reduction Surgery

All surgeries have inherent risks. The chin reduction surgery is associated with the following risks:

  • The patient may experience swelling for several weeks or months while the bone heals.
  • Infection is a less common risk to weigh when considering chin plastic surgery.
  • Small nerve damage, which can cause the patient to experience numbness in the lower lip and chin.
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia, which can affect a patient's respiratory system.

Though the risks may be significant and important to consider, the likelihood of complications is greatly reduced when chin reduction surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon. In careful, skillful hands, a chin reduction surgery can improve the appearance of your chin and enhance your self-esteem. A chin reduction can create a more harmonious balance between your nose and your chin as it creates a more equal proportion between the two. Performed in conjunction with a facelift and rhinoplasty, a chin reduction procedure can be the final element in creating an elegant, beautiful appearance.

Consult a Facial Plastic Surgeon in Your Area

A successful chin reduction surgery can enhance your appearance as well as your self-esteem. You can learn more about the procedure from an experienced chin and facial plastic surgery specialist. Find a qualified surgeon in your area using the DocShop directory.

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