Chin Profile Alteration

A surgical procedure that performed through a small incision, usually placed under the chin, resulting in a small scar and often transient numbness to the lower lip/chin area.

Procedure Information

What is a Chin Profile Alteration?

Chin profile alteration, commonly referred to as chin augmentation or reduction, is a type of plastic surgery that reshapes the chin to enhance facial harmony. This is achieved by either dividing the jaw bone and sliding it forward (mandibular sliding genioplasty) or by inserting a foreign implant over the jaw bone (augment mentoplasty).

These procedures are performed through a small incision, usually placed under the chin, resulting in a small scar and often transient numbness to the lower lip/chin area.

Occasionally, it is necessary to reduce a prominent chin and this is usually more complex, involving bone and dental work requiring hospitalisation and the assistance of a dentist and/or maxillofacial surgeon.

Who does this procedure suit?

Candidates for chin profile alteration are individuals who feel their chin is not proportionate to the rest of their facial features. This includes those with a receding chin looking for augmentation or individuals with a protruding chin seeking reduction. Ideal candidates are in good general health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.

What results can I expect?

Post-procedure, patients often notice a more balanced and harmonious facial profile. Chin augmentation can enhance self-confidence and improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the face. It’s important to have realistic expectations, as results vary based on individual facial structures. Digital imaging during consultations can often provide a glimpse of the potential outcome.

What’s the first step to take?

During your initial consultation at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, our surgeons will evaluate your facial structure, discuss your aesthetic goals, and explore the best options for chin alteration. We’ll review your medical history, any prior facial surgeries, and discuss the potential impact on your overall facial symmetry and appearance.

How do I prepare for my procedure?

To ensure a smooth procedure and recovery, follow these guidelines before your surgery:

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery and assist you for a few days.
  • Avoid medications like aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs that can increase bleeding.
  • Discontinue supplements like Vitamin E, and herbal medications, as they may affect clotting and anaesthesia.
  • Cease smoking well before surgery to promote better healing.
  • Notify us of any infections or illnesses prior to the procedure.

What happens on the day of my procedure?

On the day of your chin profile alteration:

  • If your procedure is scheduled for the morning, do not eat or drink after midnight.
  • If your procedure is in the afternoon, refrain from eating or drinking after 8.00 am.

What should I expect during surgery?

The procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia. For chin augmentation, an implant is tailored to the desired shape and size and then inserted. For reduction, bone at the chin is modified to achieve the desired contour. The surgery duration varies but usually takes about one to two hours. Most patients are discharged on the same day.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After the procedure, you can expect:

  • Mild discomfort and swelling, which is normal and subsides within a few days.
  • Prescribed pain relief medication to manage any discomfort.
  • Instructions on oral hygiene and dietary restrictions for initial days.
  • A follow-up appointment for post-operative assessment and to address any concerns.
  • Gradual resumption of normal activities, with complete recovery often within several weeks.

What are the risks and complications with this procedure?

Like any surgical procedure, chin profile alteration has potential risks, including:

  • Infection or bleeding.
  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia.
  • Numbness or altered sensation in the chin area.
  • Asymmetry or unsatisfactory aesthetic result.
  • Need for revision surgery.

Please contact us if you experience excessive pain, bleeding, swelling, or any signs of infection post-surgery.

Our surgeons who perform this procedure

Meet our expert surgeons, delivering exceptional skill and expertise in the field of plastic surgery for transformative aesthetic and reconstructive procedures.

Andrew Greensmith

Specialist Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon (M.B.CH.B, F.R.A.C.S.)
Andrew Greensmith is a highly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon with expertise in cleft lip and palate, craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty, ear reconstruction, and general paediatric plastic surgery.

Graeme Southwick OAM

Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (MB BS FRACS FACS)
Assoc Prof Graeme Southwick is an accomplished plastic surgeon, holding multiple fellowships and memberships in prestigious medical associations, with extensive experience in teaching, research, and private practice.

Alenka Paddle

Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (MBBS (Hons), PGDipSurgAnat, FRACS (Plast))
Dr. Alenka Paddle is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon specializing in aesthetic and pediatric plastic surgery, with extensive training and experience in various prestigious institutions worldwide.

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