When a chin is small, it may undermine the entire face making a nose look larger and more conspicuousand giving the face a bird like shape. A genioplasty is a surgical procedure carried out to reshape or change the size of the chin. Using specialized instruments (and sometimes implants), the bone of the chin is reshaped to balance your profile in relationship to the nose, jaws and lips. The surgical reshaping of the chin is carried out either as an isolated procedure or as part of other facial surgery (e.g. rhinoplasty or facelift). A genioplasty may have dramatic positive affects on your profile and shape of the lips.
The procedure usually requires one-and-a-half to two hours and is a day case operation meaning the patient returns home on the same day. There are no visible scars since the incision to gain access to the chin is made inside the mouth. Most people return to work in 1-2 days.