Genioplasty is surgery of the chin. The commonest type of genioplasty is augmentation genioplasty. In this procedure, a chin implant is added onto the chin to give it more length and forward projection. This is turn adds overall length to the face, and can produce a significant slimming effect on the face: the cheeks look less plump and chubby, and the face looks longer and is more oval in shape. The facial profile also improves and becomes more proportionate. Patients who would benefit from a chin implant often do not realize it, thinking that their cheeks are too chubby and that they need liposuction of their cheeks. However, once it has been determined that the main cause of their appearance is a small chin, a suitable chin implant correctly positioned will dramatically improve their facial proportions, facial shape, and most importantly, produce that slimming effect on the face that the patient was seeking.
There are many implant designs and sizes, and Dr Huang chooses the design and size of the implant carefully in order to optimize results while maintaining a natural appearance, such that others will not suspect that the patient has undergone chin implant surgery but will instead notice that their face looks slimmer.
This is a relatively simple and quick day surgery procedure (typically one hour under local anesthesia) done through an intraoral incision (incision inside the mouth), leaving no external scars. Downtime is about one week.